The Amendments

The Amendments

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 18/04/2024
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The Amendments
A beautiful debut about motherhood, identity and freedom in Ireland
Across multiple generations, from the Women's Rights Movement in Ireland in the early 1980s to present day, we watch the intertwined lives of 3 women - Dol... READ MORE
The Amendments
Better than Sally Rooney ? Skilful immersive writing about women
Nell and Adrienne are having therapy as Adrienne is having their baby soon. This is more complicated because of the layers of history that underpin this . ... READ MORE
Tracey McHardy


Delving into the lives of three generations of women, The Amendments by Niamh Mulvey is an extraordinary novel about love and freedom, belonging and rebellion – and about how our past is a vital presence which sits alongside us.

Nell and her partner Adrienne are about to have a baby. For Adrienne, it’s the start of a new life. For Nell, it’s the reason the two of them are sitting in a therapist’s office. Because she can’t go into this without dealing with the truth: that she has been a mother before, and now she can hardly bring herself to speak to her own mother, let alone return home to Ireland.

Nell is running out of places to hide from her past.

But to Ireland and the past is where she must go, and that is where The Amendments takes us: to the heat of Nell’s teenage years in the early 2000s, as Ireland was unpicking itself from its faith and embracing the hedonism of the Celtic Tiger. To 1983, when Nell’s mother Dolores was grappling with the tensions of the women’s rights movement. And then to the farms and suburbs and towns that made and unmade the lives at the centre of this story, bound together by the terrible secret that Nell still cannot face.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781529079852
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 446g
  • Dimensions: 225 x 145 x 31 mm

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The Amendments
Plenty to think about
Mothers and daughters, England and Ireland, religion and the right to choose. Back and forth in time, between the institution and the repeal of the 8th ame... READ MORE
Chiara Cc
The Amendments
Highly Recommended
A first novel for Niamh Mulvey, and I hope more to come. This evoked memories of my past and how I related to my mother. In Ireland, during the 80's th... READ MORE
Georgina Aitcheson
The Amendments
I couldn’t stop coming back
This book- based on Nell’s story but also that of other women (her mother, partner, others in the feminist movement and church, across different periods of... READ MORE
Laura Mitchell-Ghafoor
The Amendments
A stunning debut
Book blogging is a seriois business. You have to read greedily, rapidly, objectively. So therefore, it was a genuine pleasure to read this. And if I ha... READ MORE
Kev McCready
The Amendments
A really involving high-quality debut!
This is a debut novel from an Irish writer who made award shortlists for her story collection “Hearts And Bones”. This is the 9th debut novel I’ve read so... READ MORE
Phil Ramage
The Amendments
Engaging and Compelling
The Amendments by Niamh Mulvey is an engaging and compelling novel. The story follows the intertwined lives of three generations of women in Ireland. In 19... READ MORE
Lily Greenaway
The Amendments
‘We are not pro-abortion, we are pro-woman.’
The Amendments follows three generations of Irish women, from the 1970s to 2018 when Nell and her partner Adrienne are expecting their first child. Nell ha... READ MORE
Susan Osborne
The Amendments
I struggled to get into this book, it took me a long while to buy into the characters; but I persevered and suddenly about halfway through things clicked a... READ MORE
Lucy Williams