Alison will be discussing some of her favourite books at the Dalkey Book Festival at 7pm on Saturday, 7 December at Dalkey Town Hall along with David McWilliams, Anne Enright and more. Tickets are €7.
In today's Irish Times, Donal Ryan (author of The Spinning Heart) named Little Beauty as one of his "books of the year," saying this:
Alison Jameson’s Little Beauty (Doubleday Ireland) is a starkly beautiful and haunting work, a precise and unsentimental tale of a “fallen” woman in an island community.
Alison is participating in the 2013 Dublin Book Festival and will be reading and discussing her works (as will several other authors) in an event to be held at the Smock Alley Theatre (Lower Exchange St) on Saturday, 16 November from 10am to 12:50pm. Tickets are €10. More information here. Alison has also written a short piece about "Writing and a Sense of Place," which can be found here.
Little Beauty has been picked as Book of the Month for August at the Clifden Bookshop:
This is a mesmeric tale set on an island off the West Coast of Ireland with beautiful writing portraying the fortitude of a lonely girl searching for acceptance and love. Laura Quinn makes a life-changing decision to leave her beloved Whale Island a few years after the death of her parents. She has survived the years since the suicide of her mother by harvesting seaweed to provide an income and at the same time embarking on a love affair with Martin, the Lighthouse Keeper. He is a strange broody individual with no apparent inclination to make a commitment to Laura. Eventually, dispirited and disillusioned, she decides to take up a position as housekeeper on the mainland with a wealthy couple, Finn and Audrey.
The story unfolds from this point with numerous life changing events. On her return to the Island, she faces a tightly knit community with the same complex mores and outlook pertinent to any parish in Ireland today.
This delightful story from Alison Jameson is written with humour and perception. The reader is enthralled from the start with this beguiling story, so beautifully written. It is compelling reading and a real page turner.
Alison was a guest on the Late Lunch programme on LM.FM radio today. You can listen to the show here:
Little Beauty has been picked as Book of the Month for August by Image magazine:
Alison will be appearing on Ireland AM on TV3 tomorrow (17 July) sometime around 8:15am Irish time. Her appearance may also be viewable later using the TV3 3player but there are geographical restrictions.
Alison has a piece in the (Irish) Evening Herald entitled "Moving Back in With My Mother." You can read it here:
Alison was a guest on The Green Room with Orla Barry on Newstalk FM (106-108 in Ireland) this morning, discussing Little Beauty and other things. The programme will re-air on Monday, 15 July at 9pm Ireland/UK time. But you can also hear it at the following link. Alison's segment begins around 43:00.
Here are some snaps from the Little Beauty book launch last night at Hodges Figgis bookshop in Dublin. Thanks to Doubleday Ireland/Transworld UK, the staff at Hodges Figgis and all who came along!
The launch for Little Beauty will take place on 10 July at 6:30pm at Hodges Figgis Bookshop on Dawson Street in Dublin. All are welcome so please come out!