The BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls trilogy begins in August 2019.
’Edna O’Brien writes the most beautiful, aching stories of any writer, anywhere.’ Alice Munro
A woman walks the streets of Manhattan and contemplates with exquisite longing the precarious affair she has embarked on, amidst the grandeur and cacophony of the cityscape; a young Irish girl and her mother are thrilled to be invited to visit the glamorous Coughlan’s but find – for all the promise of their green gorgette, silver shoes and fancy dinner parties – they leave disappointed; an Irishman in north London retraces his life as a young lad with his mates digging the streets and dreaming of the apocryphal gold, an outsider both in Ireland and England, yet he carries the lodestar of his native land.
This classic collection glows with Edna O’Brien’s trademark lyricism, powerful evocations of place, and heart-breaking insight into the desires and contradictions of humanity.
Edna O’Brien’s stunning new novel Girl will be published by Faber in September 2019, available to pre-order now.