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Lisa McInerney

Lisa McInerney was born in 1981 and just about grew up to be a writer of contemporary fiction.

In 2006 she started a blog about working class life in a Galway council estate, Arse End of Ireland, through which she cultivated a reputation for documenting modern Ireland with her own particular brand of gleeful cynicism. In the same year, Haydn OShaughnessy in The Irish Times called her the most talented writer at work today in Ireland, and journalist and author Belinda McKeon said that she takes the Celtic Tiger by the scruff, and gives it a sound kicking in prose that sears. Nominated for Best Blog at the Irish Blog Awards for three years running, she took away the Best Humour gong in 2009, which came as a surprise as she wasnt aware she was being particularly funny at the time.

Lisa went on to write regularly for award-winning entertainment site, prominent feminist site The Antiroom, and Irish news site, taking a frequently acerbic look at social issues. Shes spoken at literary festivals both at home and in the US discussing new media, its effect on traditional publishing, and its possibilities for writers.

In 2013, Lisas short story Saturday, Boring was published in Faber & Fabers Town and Country anthology, edited by Kevin Barry. Seeing as this was the first short story Lisa had ever written, she was rather chuffed and has since assumed there will be a similarly disproportionate award for her second dinner at the White House or something. Though inspired by writers like Melvin Burgess, Irvine Welsh and Hubert Selby Jr, years writing for an online audience means she also draws from the humour and wordplay of the internet's hive mind.

Lisa lives in Galway with a husband, a daughter, and a dog called Angua. She learned the word sporadically from Clueless, and has endeavoured to use it sporadically ever since.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2016) : The Glorious Heresies
Desmond Elliott Prize Best Book winner (2016) : The Glorious Heresies

Lisa McInerney recommends
Spaceman of Bohemia (2017)
Jaroslav Kalfar
"Spaceman of Bohemia is unforgettable: a work of breathtaking scope and heart, and a reflection of humanity that's raw and strange and profound and true."
Travelling in a Strange Land (2018)
David Park
"Extraordinary ... As raw and moving a chronicle of pain and powerlessness as could be written. Beautiful, too."
Milkman (2018)
Anna Burns
"Milkman is extraordinary. I've been reading passages aloud for the pleasure of hearing it. It's frightening, hilarious, wily and joyous all at the same time."
Convenience Store Woman (2018)
Sayaka Murata
"Witty, wily, and astonishingly sharp, Convenience Store Woman proves that the deepest gouges can come from the lightest touch."
The Fire Starters (2019)
Jan Carson
"Gripping, affecting, surprising. I inhaled it."

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