A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING

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A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING

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Published June 2013

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  • Winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction
  • Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 
  • Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 
  • Winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award
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EIMEAR McBRIDE'S debut tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, 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 unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, forming a shocking an 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 its narrator’s head, experiencing her world first-hand. This isn’t always comfortable - but it is always a revelation. 

Touching on everything from family violence to Catholic-guilt and the personal struggle to remain intact in times of trauma, McBride writes with a singular intensity, acute sensitivity and mordant air. A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing is moving, funny - and alarming. It is a book you will never forget. 


EIMEAR McBRIDE grew up in the west of Ireland. She trained at Drama Centre London and currently lives in Norwich. A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing is her first novel.