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2014 Winner

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – 2014 Winner

Eimear McBride

Eimear McBride’s debut tells the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. It is not so much a stream of consciousness as an unconsciousness railing against a life that makes little sense, forming a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a young and isolated protagonist. To read A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is to plunge inside into the narrator’s head, experiencing her world first-hand. This isn’t always comfortable – but it is always a revelation.

2014 Judges

  • Helen Fraser
  • Caitlin Moran
  • Denise Mina
  • Mary Beard
  • Sophie Raworth