Elaine Feeney As You Were


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Discover this unforgettable, darkly funny novel about the power of friendship and the heartbreak of family life - shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2021.

Sinead Hynes is a tough, driven, funny young property developer with a terrifying secret. No-one knows it: not her fellow patients in a failing hospital, and certainly not her family. She has confided only in Google and a shiny magpie. But she can't go on like this, tirelessly trying to outstrip her past and in mortal fear of her future. Somehow, Sinead needs to seize the moment, and maybe then she can learn to be free...

About the Author

Elaine Feeney is a writer from the west of Ireland and she lectures at The National University of Ireland, Galway. Her debut novel, As You Were, won the 2021 Kate O'Brien Award and was shortlisted for both the Rathbones Folio Prize and Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. It was an Observer Best Debut selection and went on to feature in various Best of 2020 lists including the Sunday Times, Telegraph, Irish Independent, Evening Standard, Guardian, and Irish Times.

Feeney has published three collections of poetry including The Radio was Gospel and Rise. She wrote the award-winning drama piece for the Liz Roche Company, WRoNGHEADED, and her short story Sojourn was included in The Art of The Glimpse, 100 Irish Short Stories Edited by Sinead Gleeson. She has published widely, most recently in Poetry Review, Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, Copper Nickel Journal, the Guardian, the Irish Times and Oxford Poetry.

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'Comic, heartfelt and full of characters who walk off the page, it feels like Irish writing has been waiting a long time for a voice as unique and insistent as Elaine Feeney. A superb, unforgettable debut.'
- Sinead Gleeson

'As You Were is an absolute tour de force: raw, sharp and wild. Elaine Feeney writes with such love for and understanding of her characters. It's the literary equivalent of a stiff drink beside a warm fire: a book that will rattle you before it settles you.'
- Lisa McInerney

'As You Were was just (effing) amazing. Brimful of brilliant characters - what an exciting, visceral, poetic read. I adored the lack of sentimentality. Sinead Hynes is complex and excellently realised - a role model too, for I found her (sometime) selfishness thrillingly refreshing. As You Were gives permission to Irish women to put themselves first, and considering what we've come from, that's seismic. Elaine Feeney is such a talent. I LOVED it!'
- Marian Keyes

'A truly original voice. Raw, urgent and uncompromising about the lengths we go to to conceal hurt, deception, psychic pain... A brilliant portrayal of the kindness of strangers, the kinship of women and the heartbreak of married love.'
- Mary Costello

'An absolutely fabulous book'
- Kevin Barry


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