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Asking For It

(2015)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Michael L. Printz Award Best Book (nominee)
YA Book Prize Best Young Adult (nominee)
One night in a small town in County Cork, where everyone knows everyone, things spiral terrifyingly out of control. What will happen now to Emma? To her family? To the others?

This stage adaptation of Louise O'Neill's devastating novel, Asking for It, shines an unflinching light on the experience of a young woman whose life is changed for ever by a horrific act of violence.

Adapted by Meadhbh McHugh, in collaboration with its director Annabelle Comyn, the play premiered at the Everyman, Cork, in June 2018, before transferring to the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. It was produced by Landmark Productions and the Everyman, in association with the Abbey Theatre.

'A genuinely heartbreaking, sickening and truthful examination of society's penchant for victim-blaming, its treatment of women and the concept of rape culture' - Guardian on Louise O'Neill's novel

'With a script by Meadhbh McHugh that is sharp and also very funny, Asking for It not only stays faithful to the novel, it goes further, raising it up to heaven and down to hell, too. It is worth the hype' - Irish Independent

'Powerful, provocative, hard-hitting, shocking... a sharply observed and at times wincingly true-to-life portrayal of a family and its disintegration... funny, infuriating and unbearably sad' -
Irish Examiner

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

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Hardback Editions

April 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Asking For It
Author(s): Louise O'Neill
ISBN: 1-68144-537-9 / 978-1-68144-537-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Quercus
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September 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: Asking For It (Winner of the Irish Book Awards 2015)
Author(s): Louise O'Neill
ISBN: 1-78429-586-8 / 978-1-78429-586-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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Paperback Editions

November 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Asking for It (NHB Modern Plays)
Author(s): Louise O'Neill, Meadhbh McHugh, Anabelle Comyn
ISBN: 1-84842-820-0 / 978-1-84842-820-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
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January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Asking For It
Author(s): Louise O'Neill
ISBN: 1-68144-535-2 / 978-1-68144-535-9 (USA edition)
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July 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Asking For It
Author(s): Louise O'Neill
ISBN: 1-78429-320-2 / 978-1-78429-320-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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September 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Asking For It
Author(s): Louise O'Neill
ISBN: 1-84866-417-6 / 978-1-84866-417-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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Audio Editions

August 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Asking for It
Author(s): Louise O'neill
ISBN: 1-5414-0947-7 / 978-1-5414-0947-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Media Inc
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August 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Asking for It
Author(s): Louise O'neill
ISBN: 1-5414-5947-4 / 978-1-5414-5947-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Media Inc
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August 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Asking for It
Author(s): Louise O'Neill
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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August 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Asking for It
Author(s): Louise O'Neill
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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August 2017 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Asking For It
Author(s): Louise O'Neill
ISBN: 1-5100-7069-9 / 978-1-5100-7069-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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April 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Asking for It
Author(s): Louise O'Neill
Publisher: riverrun
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April 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Asking for It
Author(s): Louise O'Neill
Publisher: riverrun
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

December 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Asking for It (NHB Modern Plays)
Author(s): Louise O'Neill
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
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September 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Asking For It
Author(s): Louise O'Neill
Publisher: riverrun
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September 2015 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Asking For It
Author(s): Louise O'Neill
Publisher: RiverRun
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