WINNER OF THE BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION
WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE
KERRY GROUP IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD
WINNER OF THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE
Eimear McBride’s award-winning debut novel tells the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. It is a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist. To read A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing is to plunge inside its narrator’s head, experiencing her world at first hand. This isn’t always comfortable – but it is always a revelation.
A virtuosic debut: subversive, passionate, and darkly alchemical. Read it and be changed. (Eleanor Catton)
Eimear McBride is that old fashioned thing, a genius, in that she writes truth-spilling, uncompromising and brilliant prose. (Anne Enright Guardian)
Ten pages in and all the bells start ringing. It explodes into your chest. (Caitlin Moran)
A life told from deep down inside, beautiful, harrowing, and ultimately rewarding the way only a brilliant work of literature can be. (Michael Chabon)
An instant classic account of Irish girlhood that has catapulted McBride into the front rank of modern fiction. (Observer)
Eimear McBride is a writer of remarkable power and originality. (David Collard Times Literary Supplement)
A remarkable, harshly satisfying first novel. (Adam Mars-Jones London Review of Books)
It is… a narrative to read aloud as the images shatter and explode. (Eileen Battersby Irish Times)
A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing pushes the boundaries of the novel form… The broken sentences are the narrator’s experience of a brutal world she is attempting to negotiate in staggers and fragments… each beautiful phrase McBride writes goes straight to the gut. (Gaby Wood Telegraph)
This singular experiment of a novel, is turning into this year’s sleeper hit. (Metro)
A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride is an award-winning experimental debut novel, which tells the story of a young woman’s traumatic coming-of-age in rural Ireland, as she struggles with her abusive family and clings to her relationship with her terminally ill brother.