Ferocious, brave and vital novel from an author at the top of her game

Edna O’Brien’s fiery reach now stretches to other parts of the world where women are still second-class citizens, often little more than chattel for fathers and husbands to do with as they please

8th September, 2019
Edna O’Brien: as sharp at 88 as she has ever been Pic: Getty

Fiction: Girl, By Edna O’Brien, Faber & Faber, €16.25

Anyone who expected Edna O’Brien’s sharpness to have been blunted by age can think again. Normally, one would not expect an 88-year-old to produce some of the most vibrant and impressive prose of a 59-year writing career, but O’Brien continues to confound age and conformity itself with her 19th and, she says, final novel.

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