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A Girl is a Half-formed Thing - Eimear McBride

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing - Eimear McBride

Title: A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

Author:  Eimear McBride

ISBN:  9780571317165

Weight:  180 g

Signed first edition, second print MM paperback



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A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride

Eimear McBride’s award-winning debut tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour.

Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist.  To read A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is to plunge inside its narrator’s head, experiencing her world first-hand.  This isn’t always comfortable – but it is always a revelation.

Touching on everything from family violence to sexuality and the personal struggle to remain intact in times of intense trauma, McBride writes with singular intensity, acute sensitivity and mordant wit.  A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is moving, funny and alarming.  It is a book you will never forget.

Peer & Press Reviews

Eimear McBride is that old fashioned thing, a genius, in that she writes truth-spilling, uncompromising and brilliant prose…  The result is an instant classic – an account of Irish girlhood to be set alongside O’Brien’s The Country Girls for emotional accuracy and verve, and the sense of its overwhelming necessity.

Anne Enright, The Guardian

Eimear McBride’s ferociously intense and stylistically challenging account of a young girl’s coming-of-age in rural Ireland is an astonishing literary debut… bracingly alive with sardonic humour and brilliantly realised set-pieces…  A remarkable achievement.

John Boland, Irish Independent

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing pushes the boundaries of the novel form…  The broken sentences are the narrator’s experience of a brutal world she is attempting to negotiate in staggers and fragments… each beautiful phrase McBride writes goes straight to the gut.

Gaby Wood, The Telegraph

Bibliographic Info

Title:A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, second printing [Faber & Faber edition]
Edition info:Galley Beggar Press published this book as a paperback original.  Once the book started to win prizes, they found it necessary to enter into a partnership with Faber & Faber who had the resources to publish the mass-market paperback and e-book versions.
Cover features:First state cover – it doesn’t have the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction logo on the front
Overall condition:Fine – the usual minor scuffing that’s considered typical for a book with a card cover
Signed:On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Desmond Elliott Prize 2014 – winner

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 – winner

Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award 2014 – winner

Authors’ Club First Novel Award 2014 – shortlisted

Folio Prize 2014 (inaugural) – shortlisted

Goldsmiths Prize 2013 (inaugural) – winner

Book Stats
Publisher:Faber & Faber
Publication date:
Printed by:CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13:9780571317165
ISBN 10:0571317162
FormatPaperback (softcover)
Size (h x w x d):198 x 125 x 15mm
Design Credits
Cover design:Faber
Cover images:Kovalchuk Oleksandr / Shutterstock

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