A History of Running Away
By Paula McGrath
A brilliantly written novel about running away, growing up and finding out who you are, from the author of Generation
Book of the Year in the Irish Times
'A wonderful storyteller' Joseph O'Connor
In 1982 Jasmine wants to box, but in 1980s Ireland boxing is illegal for girls.
In 2012 a gynaecologist agonises about a job offer which would mean escape from the increasingly fraught atmosphere of her Dublin hospital. But what about her mother, stuck in a nursing home?
And in Maryland Ali, whose mother has recently died, hooks up with a biker gang to escape from grandparents she didn't know she had.
Gradually revealing the unexpected connections between the three women, A History of Running Away is a brilliantly written novel about running away, growing up and finding out who you are.
Paula McGrath lives in Dublin. Her first novel, Generation, was published in 2015, and described as 'remarkable' by the Sunday Times. She has a background in English Literature and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Limerick. In another life she was a yoga teacher.
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15 Jun 2017
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This beautifully written novel is urgently contemporary in its concerns but is also a quietly compelling exploration of the notions of home and belonging. Paula McGrath is a wonderful storyteller with a vivid sense of place and person — Joseph O'Connor
A thoroughly modern, engaging and sophisticated novel about women who reach for better lives and are forced to run away to achieve them — Liz Nugent
Depicts a brutal world with astonishing tenderness and builds a clever, intriguing story, creating memorable characters along the way — Emma Henderson
McGrath captures Dublin of the 1980s perfectly . . . Ambitious, both structurally and narratively, and elegantly written — John Boyne, Irish Times
Elegant . . . Compelling reading — Daily Mail
The writing is fluid and accessible, the dialogue and setting authentic, proving Paula McGrath both a consummate storyteller and an excellent observer of human interactions — Sunday Independent
McGrath writes well and delivers some fine flourishes — Irish Sunday Times
A keen eye for both poignancy and humanity — Irish Independent
Sparkling prose — Guardian