You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here: Longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award

Frances Macken

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

Published: 8th Apr '21


A captivating, dark portrayal of friendship for fans of My Brilliant Friend

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‘This atmospheric debut looks like a rural Irish coming-of-age novel, but it’s cleverer, darker, more unreliable.’ Daily Mail AN IRISH INDEPENDENT BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR AN IRISH INDEPENDENT CRITICS CHOICE FOR CHRISTMAS A FINALIST FOR THE 2020 PEOPLE’S BOOK PRIZE AN IRISH TIMES, IRISH INDEPENDENT and SUNDAY INDEPENDENT ‘TITLE TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2020’ Katie, Maeve and Evelyn have been friends forever. Outspoken, unpredictable and intoxicating, Evelyn is the undisputed leader of the trio. But Katie’s dream of escaping their tiny rural town for a new life in Dublin confronts her with a choice: to hold onto a friendship that has made her who she is, or risk leaving her best friend behind. Told from Katie’s witty, quirky perspective and filled with unforgettable characters, this moving, immersive and very funny study of sisterhood takes a keen-eyed look at the delights and complexities of female friendship, the corrosive power of jealousy and guilt, and the people and places that shape us. Compellingly readable and effortlessly sharp, fizzing with the voices of rural Ireland, this is an unmissable novel from a dazzling new talent.

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Dimensions 21 × 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 288