Bessie Book Club: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

Eimear McBride’s second novel, The Lesser Bohemians is out in a week’s time and we couldn’t be more excited about reading it. To celebrate, why not dive into Eimear’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction winning debut, the blistering A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.

Helen Fraser, our 2014 chair of judges, said of McBride’s winning novel: “An amazing and ambitious first novel that impressed the judges with its inventiveness and energy. This is an extraordinary new voice – this novel will move and astonish the reader.”

Need any more convincing? Nope? Right then!

We will post the first 3 chapters over the next 3 days. We challenge you not to be hooked by Monday.

Chapter One

For you. You’ll soon. You’ll give her name. In the stitches of her skin she’ll wear your say. Mammy me? Yes you. Bounce the bed, I’d say. I’d say that’s what you did. Then lay you down. They cut you round. Wait and hour and day.

Read on…

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