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SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 2016. From the writer of one of the most memorable debuts of recent years. An eighteen-year-old Irish girl arrives in London to study drama and falls violently in love with an older actor. This older man has a disturbing past that the young girl is unprepared for. The young girl has a troubling past of her own. This is her story and their story. The Lesser Bohemians is about sexual passion. It is about innocence and the loss of it. At once epic and exquisitely intimate, it is a celebration of the dark and the light in love.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 01/09/2016 ISBN-13: 9780571327850  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Eimear McBride grew up in the west of Ireland and studied acting at Drama Centre London. Her debut novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing took nine years to publish and subsequently received the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction, Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, the Goldsmiths Prize, Desmond Elliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Her short fiction has appeared in Dubliners 100, The Long Gaze Back and on Radio 4. She occasionally reviews for the Guardian, TLS, New Statesman and New York Times Book Review.

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Told in the same stream-of-consciousness style that was the hallmark of McBride’s debut, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, this brave and intimate novel charts an affair between a young drama student newly arrived in London from Ireland and an older actor. Full of sex and passion, guilt and shame, this is a heady and memorable reading experience that will leave you longing for more.

Frances, Web Editor


The second novel from the phenomenal and multi-award winning author of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, Eimear McBride.

Set around Camden Town in the mid-nineties, The Lesser Bohemians invasively (or perhaps voyeuristically would be a better word) places the reader within the erratic stream-of-consciousness of Eily, an eighteen year old Irish girl who has arrived in London to study drama. A drunken night out leads to a one night stand with an older man, lost virginity, sexual awakening, and the start of an emotionally nerve-racking relationship filled with love, hate, adultery, jealously, dark pasts and an awful lot of sex.

The Lesser Bohemians is far from a beach read and is forthright with its ability to shock, but it is undoubtedly a monumental piece of fiction and quite easily the best book I've read this year (possibly last year too).

Oh, and there is also a visit to a rather good bookshop on the Charing Cross Road, not that I'm biased!

Gary, Buying Team


The Lesser Bohemians seizes you from its first fragile opening sentences and keeps hold of you, guiding you through an expertly crafted novel, experimenting with the use of language and exploring how we see sexuality. This book is about love, in all its forms, loss and the ways we cope with the world around us and how we choose to escape it.

Matt, Web Team


Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 06/03/2017


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