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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
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Awards
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
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Summertime (2001)
Raffaella Barker
"I love [Raffaella Barker's] books - so funny and acerbic; a very good thing in a woman."
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The Pursuit of Alice Thrift (2003)
Elinor Lipman
"Hilarious. Imagine, if you can, a cross between Philip Roth and Melissa Bank."
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Despite the Falling Snow (2004)
Shamim Sarif
"A really wonderful writer."
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Invisible River (2011)
Helena McEwen
"This is a true talent."
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You (2011)
Joanna Briscoe
"Dangerously addictive."
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Heather, the Totality (2017)
Matthew Weiner
"Chilling and poised, I loved it."
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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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Lanny (2019)
Max Porter
"It's hard to express how much I loved Lanny. Books this good don't come along very often. It's a novel like no other, an exhilarating, disquieting, joyous read. It will reach into your chest and take hold of your heart. Every page is a joy. It's a novel to press into the hands of everyone you know and say, read this."

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