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Maggie O'Farrell

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Maggie O'Farrell was born in Northern Ireland in 1972. Her debut novel, After You'd Gone, was published to international acclaim, and won a Betty Trask Award.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Non fiction
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel nominee (2001) : After You'd Gone
Costa Book Awards Best Novel winner (2010) : The Hand That First Held Mine
Costa Book Awards Best Novel nominee (2013) : Instructions for a Heatwave
Costa Book Awards Best Novel nominee (2016) : This Must Be the Place

Maggie O'Farrell recommends
Summertime (2001)
Raffaella Barker
"I love [Raffaella Barker's] books - so funny and acerbic; a very good thing in a woman."
The Pursuit of Alice Thrift (2003)
Elinor Lipman
"Hilarious. Imagine, if you can, a cross between Philip Roth and Melissa Bank."
Despite the Falling Snow (2004)
Shamim Sarif
"A really wonderful writer."
Invisible River (2011)
Helena McEwen
"This is a true talent."
You (2011)
Joanna Briscoe
"Dangerously addictive."
Heather, the Totality (2017)
Matthew Weiner
"Chilling and poised, I loved it."
Ghost Wall (2018)
Sarah Moss
"I love this book. Ghost Wall require you to put your life on hold while you finish it."

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