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A History of Running Away

Paula McGrath

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A brilliantly written novel about running away, growing up and finding out who you are, from the author of Generation.

Book of the Year in the Irish Times

'A wonderful storyteller' Joseph O'Connor

On the quays of Dublin, Jasmine is running, training for a fight she can't compete in. It's 1982 and boxing is illegal for girls.

For Jasmine boxing is everything: after running away from home, and narrowly escaping a risky situation in London, it is all she has to claim as her own. But with a legal fight impossible, and a ghost from her past on her trail, where can it end?

A History of Running Away is a brilliantly written novel about growing up, starting over and learning to fight for yourself.

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Praise for A History of Running Away

  • This beautifully written novel is urgently contemporary in its concerns but is also a quietly compelling exploration of the notions of home and belonging. Paula McGrath is a wonderful storyteller with a vivid sense of place and person - Joseph O'Connor

  • Depicts a brutal world with astonishing tenderness and builds a clever, intriguing story, creating memorable characters along the way - Emma Henderson

  • A thoroughly modern, engaging and sophisticated novel about women who reach for better lives and are forced to run away to achieve them - Liz Nugent

  • Explores relationships between mothers and their children, and the concept of family as a whole - Irish Country Magazine

  • McGrath captures Dublin of the 1980s perfectly . . . Ambitious, both structurally and narratively, and elegantly written. McGrath's insights into the mind of Jasmine as she delves deeper into the world of the then-illegal realm of women's boxing are shrewd, and the novel reaches a crescendo of emotion when the various strands connect, in an authentic, credible and ultimately poignant fashion - John Boyne, Irish Times

  • Elegant . . . Compelling reading - Daily Mail

  • The writing is fluid and accessible, the dialogue and setting authentic, proving Paula McGrath both a consummate storyteller and an excellent observer of human interactions - Sunday Independent

  • McGrath writes well and delivers some fine f

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Paula McGrath

Paula McGrath lives in Dublin. Her first novel, Generation, was published in 2015. She has a background in English Literature and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Limerick. In another life she was a yoga teacher.