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An absolute tour de force: raw, sharp and wild' Lisa McInerney

'Amazing... Brimful of brilliant characters -- I LOVED IT!' Marian Keyes

Sinead Hynes is a tough, driven, funny young property developer with a terrifying secret.

No-one knows it: not her fellow patients in a failing hospital, and certainly not her family. She has confided only in Google and a shiny magpie.

But she can't go on like this, tirelessly trying to outstrip her past and in mortal fear of her future. Across the ward, Margaret Rose is running her chaotic family from her rose-gold Nokia. In the neighbouring bed, Jane, rarely but piercingly lucid, is searching for a decent bra and for someone to listen. Sinead needs them both.

As You Were is about intimate histories, institutional failures, the kindness of strangers, and the darkly present past of modern Ireland. It is about women's stories and women's struggles. It is about seizing the moment to be free.

Wildly funny, desperately tragic, inventive and irrepressible, As You Were introduces a brilliant voice in Irish fiction with a book that is absolutely of our times.

'A truly original voice. Raw, urgent and uncompromising about the lengths we go to to conceal hurt, deception, psychic pain... A brilliant portrayal of the kindness of strangers, the kinship of women and the heartbreak of married love.' Mary Costello

'Elaine Feeney's voice is utterly singular, thrilling, unpredictable, a continuous pleasure. It seems trite in the face of such a captivating and original novel to say that we're lucky to have her - but we are.' Nicole Flattery

'Beautiful, torrential, vital, Elaine Feeney's debut novel aches with all the comedy and sorrow of how it feels to be alive now.' Conor O'Callaghan

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 20/08/2020 ISBN-13: 9781787301634  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Elaine Feeney is a writer from the west of Ireland and she lectures at The National University of Ireland, Galway. Her debut novel, As You Were, won the 2021 Kate O'Brien Award and was shortlisted for both the Rathbones Folio Prize and Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. It was an Observer Best Debut selection and went on to feature in various Best of 2020 lists including the Sunday Times, Telegraph, Irish Independent, Evening Standard, Guardian, and Irish Times. Feeney has published three collections of poetry including The Radio was Gospel and Rise. She wrote the award-winning drama piece for the Liz Roche Company, WRoNGHEADED, and her short story Sojourn was included in The Art of The Glimpse, 100 Irish Short Stories Edited by Sinead Gleeson. She has published widely, most recently in Poetry Review, Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, Copper Nickel Journal, the Guardian, the Irish Times and Oxford Poetry.

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