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Fiction: Joyride to Jupiter, By Nuala O’Connor, New Island, €11.50

18th June, 2017
Nuala O’Connor: no one escapes their share of trauma Pic: Fergal Phillips

Nuala O’Connor, who also writes as Nuala Ní Chonchúir, is best known outside Ireland as the author of Miss Emily (2015), her fictionalisation of the intimate life of Emily Dickinson. Before Miss Emily brought her to wider notice, O’Connor was known chiefly as the author of angry, lyrical, erotically-charged fiction about the lives and experiences of Irish women.

Her first novel, You (2010), subjected the 1980s adolescence of its...

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