Nominated by:

Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Switzerland

Dublin City Public Libraries, Ireland

Publisher of nominated edition:

Faber & Faber, UK

The Lesser Bohemians

Eimear McBride    

The vibrant energy of 1990s London. A year of passion and discovery. The anxiety and intensity of new love.

An eighteen-year-old Irish girl arrives in London to study drama and falls violently in love with an older actor. While she is naive and thrilled by life in the big city, he is haunted by demons, and the clamorous relationship that ensues risks undoing them both. At once epic and exquisitely intimate, The Lesser Bohemians is a celebration of the dark and the light in love.

 About the author

Eimear McBride trained at Drama Centre London. Her debut novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing received a number of awards including the Goldsmiths Prize, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and Irish Novel of the Year. She occasionally writes and reviews for the Guardian, TLS and the New Statesman.

(from publisher)

Librarian’s comments

The captivating second novel of Eimear McBride is a tale of sex, violence and love that cruelly shows how closely linked those often are in relationships. Told in McBrides characteristic broken sentences, the book closely observes the relationship between an 18-year-old Irish drama student and an older, established actor. A beautiful and terrifying portrait of intimacy.

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