Young, gifted and looking for magic

Cork-born Caroline O’Donoghue’s debut novel, charting the quarter-life crisis of an ambitious twentysomething, is partially drawn from her own experiences as a hungry young creative, writes Anna Carey

1st July, 2018
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Caroline O’Donoghue: ‘If I no longer know the names of streets and restaurants in Cork city, am I still from Cork?’

‘It’s never a convenient time to write a book,” says Caroline O’Donoghue, whose first novel Promising Young Women (Virago, £12,99) has just been published to widespread acclaim. “It’s always going to be huge amount of work.” But when O’Donoghue, who grew up in Cork before moving to London after graduating from UCC in 2011, was asked if she was interested in writing a book, she knew that she had to take the plunge. “I felt,...

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