Scenes of a Graphic Nature (Paperback)
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Scenes of a Graphic Nature (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages
Published: 01/07/2021
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Waterstones Says

Merging side-splitting observations on millennial friendship and ennui with a blackly comic thriller, Scenes of a Graphic Nature is another gloriously addictive read from one of Ireland's finest contemporary writers.

Waterstones Irish Book of the Month for July 2021

Charlie Regan's life isn't going forward so she's decided to go back...

After a tough few years floundering around the British film industry, experimenting with amateur pornography and watching her father's health rapidly decline, Charlie and her best friend Laura journey to her ancestral home of Clipim, an island off the west coast of Ireland. She knows this could be the last chance to connect with her dad's history before she loses him.

But when the girls arrive, Charlie begins to question both her difficult relationship with Laura and her father's childhood stories. Before long, she's embroiled in a devastating conspiracy that's been sixty years in the making ... and it's up to her to reveal the truth.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349009971
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 276 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 26 mm


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Scenes of a Graphic Nature has all the components of a perfect page-turner: beautiful prose, truthful characters, hilarious dialogue and an addictive plot. I loved it - Dolly Alderton

A dark yet joyous novel about family and friendship - Grazia

Wonderful!!! Scenes of a Graphic Nature had me GRIPPED. About friendship and failure, Ireland and England, love and guilt, cover-ups and brutal honesty. It's really, really, really, REALLY good - Marian Keyes

The brilliant O'Donoghue's second novel is a moving and extremely funny look at family, roots and the myth of Irishness - i paper

It might be the best novel of 2020 - You Magazine, Irish Mail on Sunday

So dark and funny, bleak yet full of heart, touching on friendship and love and belonging ... you're in for a treat - Ayisha Malik

Witty, tender and insightful . . . O'Donoghue is a perceptive, clever writer - Guardian

A gorgeous exploration of the messy and fragile nature of friendship and all the many forms of love, as well as of the primal need we all have to belong - Irish Times

A darkly humorous, keenly observed blend of millennial drift and murder mystery from a razor-sharp writer - Sara Manning, Red

Absolutely loved it. It's an absorbing blend of quarter-life crisis mixed with a bit of mystery - Irish Tatler

Scenes Of A Graphic Nature is a truly extraordinary novel - I inhaled it. It's thrillingly dark, but so moving and human - it's one of the most intelligent, well observed depictions of lust, loss, envy, betrayal, friendship and love that I've ever read. Charlie is so real, courageous, vulnerable, infuriating and adorable. The book itself mirrors Charlie's experience of Ireland - sometimes it's warm and joyous, sometimes it's hostile and terrifying, but even when you know you're in danger, you want to stay for longer and fall even deeper into the pages - Daisy Buchanan

With Scenes Of A Graphic Nature, Caroline O'Donoghue establishes herself as one of the most exciting young Irish writers on the literary scene. Her acerbic wit is matched by her sharp-eyed observations, resulting in a piece of fiction that is dark, gripping, and beautifully written - Louise O'Neill

I absolutely loved it. I felt so connected to the family. It took me on such a journey and I learnt so much; It made me really think about identity, who we are, and why we do what we do. Such a beautiful book, I can't stop thinking about it - Emma Gannon

I was so hooked on this beautiful, funny story of homecoming and self-discovery I didn't want to put it down. The characters are wonderfully drawn and the sense of place is so compelling - it is a mystery, a fireside yarn. There is a little Maeve Binchy in there, a little Keyes, but Caroline has her own voice, and the edge to Charlie and Laura - their difficult, funny and recognisable relationship - is all her own - Keith Stuart, author of The Boy Made of Blocks

In the inventive O'Donoghue's follow-up to Promising Young Women, she turns her tart tongue on friendship, exile and what it feels like to return to a place that no longer feels like home - i paper

Put this book somewhere safe, because it is set to be one of those you spend your life reading over and over - discovering new moments and new lessons each time. I've been a huge fan of Caroline O'Donoghue's writing for a long time and I think Scenes of a Graphic Nature - blisteringly funny and clever - is her best work yet. Raw, heartfelt and incredibly compelling, I can't recommend this enough - Lucy Vine, bestselling author of Hot Mess

The dark humour will have you guffawing into the pages - Cosmopolitan

Highly enjoyable: full of momentum and heart. O'Donoghue is a formidable talent - Sunday Business Post

[An] edgy and astute second novel . . . Caroline O'Donoghue is a master of the Technicolor character, fleshing out even the minor ones with brightness and wit . . . As ever, O'Donoghue is impressive on the complexities of being a young woman and delivers this insight with lively dialogue and a droll acuity that occasionally calls to mind the likes of Nora Ephron . . . O'Donoghue possesses an edginess and a wry sensibility that, despite the book's dark subject matter, ultimately translates into something zesty and companionable. Her easy curiosity about love, lust, loss and losing one's way will doubtless leave readers wanting more - Independent

At the heart of Caroline O'Donoghue's addictive second novel lies a simple and compelling question: can you ever outrun your past? . . . acute, clever and very funny - Sarah Hughes, i paper

Examines self-mythology and long-repressed secrets - Stylist

A witty story of second-generation immigrants trying to belong, Scenes of a Graphic Nature grapples with love, friendship and identity - Amber Connolly, Heat

Scenes of a Graphic Nature could have been a simpler novel. But, in its refusal to follow the expected trajectory of a prodigal return, it offers us intricate, layered humanity. Charlie Regan, in all her messy glory, is a protagonist we are willing to follow, from England to Ireland, from the past to present, and everything in between this world and the next - Lunate

Everything in Caroline O'Donoghue's new novel is messy - but in the best way. She covers important themes like family, friendship, nationality, history and health, weaving her narrator Charlie's sense of dislocation into a broader exploration of cultural identity . . . an intriguing read, raising questions about what stories should be told, when, and by whom - Jemma Crew, Scotsman

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“Getting back to your roots”

Charlie and Laura are long-term friends who are at a turning point. They have collaborated on a film about Charlie's father's home island. Laura is more successful and confident. She is taking a job on a tv... More

Hardback edition
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“An engrossing read”

Caroline Donohue tackles some big themes with a lightness of touch in this debut novel. Charlie is struggling with adult life in her late twenties. As a filmmaker she is not successful in the way that her best friend... More

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Lesley at Commercial Street Dundee

“Scenes of a Graphic Nature by Caroline O'Donoghue”

This book is about so many things - friendships, family, secrets, and the lasting impact of trauma and loss. Though it was darker than I expected, I enjoyed O'Donoghue's writing very much. I would have... More

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