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Ruth Gilligan

Ruth Gilligan is an Irish novelist, journalist and lecturer in Creative Writing, now living in the UK. She previously published commercial fiction, but her fourth novel, Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan, marks a totally new direction in her writing.
She lectures Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham and contributes regular literary reviews to the TLS, Guardian, Irish Independent and LA Review of Books.
She lives in London with her fiancé. She drinks Earl Grey.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   Forget (2006)
   Somewhere in Between (2007)
   Can You See Me? (2009)
   Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan (2016)
   The Butchers (2020)
     aka The Butchers' Blessing
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Exile Music (2020)
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"Out of this this little-known corner of history, Steil offers a beautiful meditation on the things we all hold dear - family, friendship, home. My Beautiful Friend meets The Pianist in this elegant symphony of a novel."
Consent (2020)
Annabel Lyon
"Combining ethical dilemmas with material indulgence, Consent is a heady, intoxicating blend. In slick and sensual prose, Lyon challenges what it means to be a sister, a carer, an addict, an enabler and maybe even a murderer."
Black Butterflies (2022)
Priscilla Morris
"Intensely evocative and deeply moving... I held my breath as a I read."
Chrysalis (2023)
Anna Metcalfe
"Incredibly smart and totally unique... Ranging from online obsession, to mothers and daughters, to the very nature of selfhood, the whole thing is strange and warm and, crucially, very funny... I savoured every last brilliant sentence."
The Sleep Watcher (2023)
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
"With agonising precision, The Sleep Watcher captures that estranging moment of young womanhood when you suddenly realise your body, your parents, your whole world is nothing like you thought. The writing is incredibly beautiful and unbearably tense - I had to hold my breath as I read. It is exquisite."

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