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A History of Running Away (Paperback)
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A History of Running Away (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 03/05/2018
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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.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781473641785
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 181 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
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 *
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 *
Depicts a brutal world with astonishing tenderness and builds a clever, intriguing story, creating memorable characters along the way * Emma Henderson *
McGrath captures Dublin of the 1980s perfectly . . . Ambitious, both structurally and narratively, and elegantly written * 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 flourishes * Irish Sunday Times *
A keen eye for both poignancy and humanity * Irish Independent *
Sparkling prose * Guardian *

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