This Family of Things has been recommended as a "Hot Summer Read" on the Irish Times Women's Podcast Book Club where it is described as the work of 'a great writer.' This Family of Things is recommended at 18:45 in the podcast.
In the Irish Times, both Hilary Fannin and Donal Ryan have picked This Family of Things as one of the 'books that will be in their suitcases' this summer.
The Sunday Independent has named This Family of Things one of their 'best reads of the year so far'.
The Irish Times has given a great review to This Family of Things, calling it 'a beautifully intricate study which lays bare the twin pulls of joy and despair that are the metronome beat of life.'
Arlene Hunt reviews This Family of Things for RTÉ's Arena programme.
Alison's new novel is published today by Doubleday, Ireland. Available at all good bookshops.
The book will be launched tonight, 8 June 2017 at 6:30pm in Dubray Books on Grafton Street in Dublin. All are welcome!
Alison's new novel, This Family of Things will be published by Doubleday, Ireland on 8 June 2017.
On his way back up from the yard Bird had seen something white and round – a girl who had curled herself into a ball. Lifting her was like retrieving a ball of newspaper from out of the grass or an empty crisp bag that someone had flung over the ditch. She seemed to lack the bones and meat and muscle of real people. She felt as if she was filled with feathers.
On the day Midge Connors comes hurtling into Bird Keegan’s life, she flings open his small, quiet world. He and his two sisters, Olive and Margaret, have lived in the same isolated community all their lives, each one more alone than the others can know.
Taking in damaged, sharp-edged Midge, Bird invites the scorn of his neighbours and siblings. And as they slowly mend each other, family bonds – and the tie of the land – begin to weigh down on their tentative relationship. Can it survive the misunderstandings, contempt and violence of others?
A poignant and powerful study of the emotional lives of three siblings and the girl who breaks through their solitude.
On Friday, 8 August, Alison and Donal Ryan took part in a joint reading for Birr Arts Week. Great discussion about writing and books in a beautiful venue. There was a great turnout and thanks to everyone who organised.
Here are some images of Alison being interviewed by Donal Ryan at the Dalkey Book Festival today. Thanks to all who made it possible, especially Donal for the great questions.