The publication of Edna O’Brien’s memoir is one of the major literary events of the season. Born in Ireland in 1930 and driven into exile after publication of her controversial first novel, The Country Girls, O’Brien has created a body of work which bears comparison with the very best writers of the twentieth century. In prose which sparkles with the effortless gifts of a master in her ninth decade, Edna O’Brien has recast her life with the imaginitive insight of a poet. It is a book of unfathomable depths and honesty.
Along the way there are encounters with Hollywood giants, pop stars and literary titans – all of whom lend this life, so gorgeously, sometimes painfully remembered here, a terrible poignancy.
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