‘Extraordinary . . . radiant’ Sunday Times
‘An existential tour-de-force’ Eimear McBride
‘Elatingly risky’ Guardian
‘We read in order to come to life.’
With fierce imagination, a woman revisits the moments that shape her life; from crushes on teachers to navigating relationships in a fast-paced world; from overhearing her grandmothers’ peculiar stories to nurturing her own personal freedom and a boundless love of literature.
Fusing fantasy with lived experience, Checkout 19 is a vivid and mesmerising journey through the small traumas and triumphs that define us – as readers, as writers, as human beings.
* A ‘Books of 2021’ pick in the Guardian, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Irish Times Culture and New Statesman *
‘This is her new book to shake the world anew’ Sebastian Barry
‘Mesmerising, whip-smart, full of genius . . . It is also very funny’ Elaine Feeney
‘Her voice is all her own’ Anne Enright