An Evening with Eimear McBride
(THE LESSER BOHEMIANS)
Sat 15 July
Join award-winning writer Eimear McBride as she discusses her latest novel The Lesser Bohemians.
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.
Longlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Encore Award 2017
‘Magnificently accomplished… It is hard to summon up adequate superlatives to describe this fierce, touching, boisterously original and life-enhancing account of what it feels like to be young, to leave home and to fall in love.’ – Literary Review
‘Confirms McBride’s status as one of our major novelists… the life here radiates through the pages and illuminates ours.’ – The Guardian
‘It broke my heart several times over… McBride has made something strange and beautiful.’ – Evening Standard
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 inaugural Goldsmiths Prize, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, the Desmond Elliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Her short fiction has appeared in Dubliners 100, The Long Gaze Back and on BBC Radio 4. She occasionally writes reviews for the Guardian, TLS, New Statesman and New York Times Book Review.
Eimear’s photo is by JMA Photography