When her mother dies giving birth to a fifth child, Fiona feels that her life has become a Victorian novel and that her Glasgow tenement existence will never be the same again. Being Emily is a heart-breaking and heart-warming novel about one young girl's quest to find her place in the modern world, amid the turmoil that only ones' own family can create.
Anne Donovan is the author of the prize-winning Buddha Da which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Scottish Book of the Year Award. She has also written the acclaimed short-story collection Hieroglyphics as well as for radio and the stage. She is working on a screenplay for Buddha Da and lives in Glasgow.
'This is a writer to watch; Donovan has a quieter, more low-key voice than some Scottish big-hitters you could mention, but it rings just as true' Time Out
'She has a rare talent for translating natural empathy into believable poignant fiction' The Herald
Lionel Shriver – The Post Birthday World
It all hinges on one kiss. Whether Irina McGovern does or does not lean in to a specific pair of lips in London will determine whether she stays with her disciplined, intellectual and devoted partner Lawrence or runs off with Ramsey, a hard-living, flighty and spontaneous snooker player. Using a parallel universe structure, we follow Irina's life as it unfolds under the influence of two drastically different men. Both are worthy of her affection but they are also deeply flawed. The contrasts between the two have ramifications for Irina's relationships with friends and family, for her career as an illustrator, and more importantly, for the texture of her daily life. The Post-Birthday World is written with all the subtlety, perceptiveness and drama that made We Need to Talk About Kevin an international bestseller.
'There is an impressive freshness in her treatment. The writing is intelligent, the characterisation thoughtful, the insights into love, sex and snooker sharp... Shriver confirms her reputation as an original talent' Mail on Sunday