McFarlane’s light touch reveals an engaging and incisive wit

20th January, 2019
Mhairi McFarlane: presents vibrant and rounded characters Pic: Shutterstock

Fiction: Don’t You Forget About Me, By Mhairi McFarlane, Harper Collins, €9.20

For way too long, women’s fiction has been saddled with a much-maligned classification, ‘chick-lit’. The term reached a zenith (or, perhaps, nadir) two decades ago, and any novel written by a woman, about a woman, was consigned to the chick-lit stable. There was an intimation that these books were somehow ‘lesser’ than those written by male counterparts: the glossier...

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