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In the Forest

Edna O'Brien

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Moving novel by one of Ireland's finest contemporary novelists, and inspired by a notorious true-life triple murder.

'Her best book, and a modern masterpiece' Sunday Independent
'One of the finest ever novels by an Irish writer' John Waters, Magill

Set in the countryside of western Ireland, In the Forest centres on unwitting victims for sacrifice: a radiant young woman, her young son and a trusting priest, all despatched to the wilderness of a young man's unbridled, deranged fantasies.

Edna O'Brien's riveting, frightening and brilliantly told new novel reminds us that anything can happen when protection isn't afforded to either perpetrator or victim . . .

'A savage portrait of desolation and rage, brilliantly told, truly shocking' Sunday Independent
'Brave, sensitive, beautifully written' Sunday Tribune
'A spare, compelling and compassionate novel' Guardian

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Praise for In the Forest

  • A magnificent book, haunting, instinctive and shocking When art is this good, it cannot be afraid to speak out - Scotland on Sunday

  • In The Forest is a savage portrait of desolation and rage, brilliantly told, truly shocking - Harold Pinter

  • A modern masterpiece - Sunday Independent

  • She is, to my mind, the most gifted woman now writing fiction in English - Philip Roth

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Edna O'Brien

Since her debut novel THE COUNTRY GIRLS, Edna O'Brien has written over twenty works of fiction along with a biography of James Joyce and Lord Byron. She is the recipient of many awards including the Irish Pen Lifetime Achievement Award, the American National Art's Gold Medal, the Ulysses Medal and the Pen Nabokov Award. She also received the David Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. Born and raised in the west of Ireland she has lived in London for many years.

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