Tuesday June 2, 2020

Liz Nugent: ‘There are enough books out there about bad fathers’

Liz Nugent’s novels bring outsiders and unhappy families into sharp focus, and her latest, Our Little Cruelties, tackles the last taboo of the ‘bad mother’ head on

29th March, 2020
Author Liz Nugent. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Last Sunday, Liz Nugent called her mother, told her to put on a coat and to stand at her front door. There she was met by Nugent who, while observing a safe social distance, passed her gifts of chocolates, wine, ready meals and “enough books to keep her going”. They chatted for a while, Nugent at the bottom of the steps at the Georgian-style terrace, and her mother at the top.

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