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Edna O'Brien

Ireland (b.1932)
Mother of Carlo Gébler

In more than twenty books, Edna O'Brien has charted the emotional and psychic landscape of her native Ireland. Often criticised in her own country for her outspoken stance, she has forged a universal audience; the San Francisco Chronicle described her as 'a worthy heir to the great Irish forebears in Irish literature', while Le Figaro noted that 'the breathlessness of her language is comparable to Faulkner'. Awards and prizes include the Irish PEN Lifetime Achievement Award, Writers' Guild of Great Britain, Premier Cavour (Italian), American National Arts Gold Medal and Ulysses Medal 2006.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Country Girls Trilogy
   1. The Country Girls (1960)
   2. The Lonely Girl (1962)
     aka The Girl with Green Eyes
   3. Girls in Their Married Bliss (1963)
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
   Mother Ireland (1976)
   James and Nora (1981)
   Vanishing Ireland (1990) (with Richard Fitzgerald)
   James Joyce (1999)
   Byron In Love (2009)
   Country Girl (2012) (with Edna O Brien)
Anthologies containing stories by Edna O'Brien
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Short stories
Number 10 (1984)

Edna O'Brien recommends
The Last of Summer (1943)
Kate O'Brien
"This novel perfectly captures the mood and landscape of a corner of Ireland."
The Pumpkin Eater (1962)
Penelope Mortimer
"Almost every woman I can think of will want to read this book."
Providence (1982)
Anita Brookner
"Anita Brookner is a stunning writer."
Grace (2017)
Paul Lynch
"A beautifully written novel, with a haunting story and deep echoes of the Ancients."
Nora (2021)
Nuala O'Connor
"A lively and loving paean to the indomitable Nora Barnacle."

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