Smart-mouthed and filthy-minded, Maeve Murray has always felt like an outsider in her Northern Irish hometown. She longs to start a new life in London, but first she has to survive a summer of ironing shirts at the local factory, where tensions are rising between the Catholic and Protestant workers.
Michelle Gallen was born in Tyrone. She studied at Trinity College Dublin. Her first novel, Big Girl, Small Town, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, the Comedy Women in Print Prize, and Newcomer of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. It was longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize.
The Sunday Times – ‘Savagely funny, but with a loamy undertow of complex feeling.’ ‘Comparisons with Derry Girls are inevitable, but this entertaining, touching novel should also appeal to fans of contemporary authors such as Lisa McInerney, Louise Kennedy and Roddy Doyle’
RTE Ryan Tubridy – ‘[The] Roddy Doyle of a new generation’
Irish Independent – ‘Brilliantly, wickedly funny and soul-crushingly sad, Gallen has written the Vienetta of books this summer’
Irish Times – ‘Gallen has written an original and compelling book that describes a pre-ceasefire society that is both distant and familiar’
Independent – ‘Highly entertaining’
Magic FM – ‘Very funny and incredibly interesting story’
Belfast Telegraph – ‘an emotional read and a perfect follow up to Michelle’s Big Girl, Small Town’
Hot Press – ‘Gallen handles difficult societal issues, from poverty to division and religion, with a dimensional comedic tone’
The Daily Mirror (Ulster) – ‘It’s funny, poignant and provocative’
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