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2014 Winner

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

Eimear McBride

"This is a proper tingles-up-the-spine, call all your friends shouting "A new writer has arrived, and she's it - she's got the thing, the very thing we're all waiting for." An astonishing debut novel of risk, energy and creative dazzle - half-sound, half-colour, A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing puts you in the head of a clever, troubled Irish girl and her rapidly collapsing life, and leaves you there weeks after you've finished it. The kind of book that makes you proselytise to friends, strangers and random cold-callers to the house." Caitlin Moran, Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 Judge 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

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