*A lyrical and funny novel of growing up in 1950s Ireland.
To Eugene Rafferty, girls are like money - they have to be saved. Despite living in 1950s Dublin, his three daughters, Bridie, Kitty and Rose, seem doomed to a Victorian childhood. However, as fortunes decline the Rafferty's are forced to take in lodgers and these independent but eccentric outsiders introduce the girls to new experiences - sex and superstition, of spite, of true love and tragedy. For in a world caught between the aftershock of the war and the transforming liberalism of the 1960s there are two states of womanhood: single, and caught up in the comic and desperate search for a suitable husband, or married and enduring the claustrophobia of suburban life. Evoking the magic of childhood and adolescence with rare subtlety, wit and warmth, ROOM FOR A SINGLE LADY is both delightfully comic and genuinely moving.
A sharp eye for detail that makes reading Boylan's work such a pleasure - SUNDAY TIMES
This enchanting book, so evocative of the moods and sensations of childhood has the bite of pure gold - DAILY TELEGRAPH
Witty ... beautifully written - MAIL ON SUNDAY
Boylan writes like an angel, but an angel with a knowing eye - DAILY MAIL