Holding Her Breath (Paperback)
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Published: 17/06/2021
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2021

SHORTLISTED FOR THE KATE O'BRIEN AWARD 2022

'A stunning debut from this new Irish talent' STELLAR

A young woman comes of age in the shadow of her family's tragic past

When Beth Crowe starts university, she is shadowed by the ghost of her potential as a competitive swimmer. Free to create a fresh identity for herself, she finds herself among people who adore the poetry of her grandfather, Benjamin Crowe, who died tragically before she was born. She embarks on a secret relationship - and on a quest to discover the truth about Benjamin and his widow, her beloved grandmother Lydia. The quest brings her into an archive that no scholar has ever seen, and to a person who knows things about her family that nobody else knows.

Holding Her Breath is a razor-sharp, moving and seriously entertaining novel about complicated love stories, ambition and grief - and a young woman coming fully into her powers.
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'A beautiful coming-of-age story told with impressive skill and lightness of touch . . . I absolutely loved it' LOUISE O'NEILL

'Whip smart observations and addictive prose' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

'Precise, sure, engaging, and a joy to read' RODDY DOYLE

'A moving debut with a satisfying conclusion' IRISH INDEPENDENT

'Brilliant, vivid - I enjoyed this book ENORMOUSLY' MARIAN KEYES

'Enthralling' IMAGE

'A nimble account of student life with a darkly enjoyable undercurrent of secrecy and emotional turmoil' SARA BAUME

'A truly compelling read, and one I wholeheartedly recommend' BUZZ

'Through the dark sky of our times, Eimear Ryan arrives like a comet, a bright talent scorching through every page' DOIREANN NÍ GHRÍOFA, author of A Ghost in the Throat

'Brilliantly realised, gripping, and moving . . . This is absolutely the real thing' KEVIN POWER

'Written with a wonderful clarity and insight, Holding Her Breath lingers in the imagination. Beth's unravelling and re-ravelling is drawn with great skill and empathy. A brilliant debut' DONAL RYAN

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781844885466
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Funny, dark and unexpected - Kevin Power, The Last Word with Matt Cooper

A stunning debut from this new Irish talent, as well as being an exciting page turner it's also a perfect depiction of how it feels to be lost as you embark on a new chapter of your life - Stellar

From the first sentence to the last, this is a great piece of writing - precise, sure, engaging, and a joy to read - Roddy Doyle

Richly accomplished . . . a true pleasure to read - Dermot Bolger, Business Post

A moving debut with a satisfying conclusion - Irish Independent

Through the dark sky of our times, Eimear Ryan arrives like a comet, a bright talent scorching through every page. To read this book is to feel it blaze to life. I can't stop thinking about it - Doireann Ní Ghríofa, author of A Ghost in the Throat

A beautiful coming-of-age story told with impressive skill and lightness of touch. It marks the arrival of an exciting new voice on the Irish literary scene, one whom I can't wait to hear more from. I absolutely loved it - Louise O'Neill

Whip-smart observations and addictive prose - Sunday Telegraph

Effortlessly weaving together a gripping, multi-layered plot, while maintaining a profoundly tender touch, Ryan has marked herself as a captivatingly original voice in Irish literature - Hot Press

A delicious read . . . A nimble account of student life with a darkly enjoyable undercurrent of secrecy and emotional turmoil - Sara Baume

A joy to read ­- disarming, entertaining and life-affirming. A blisteringly good portrayal of complex lives and loves. It's an enthralling debut from a hugely talented writer - Danielle McLaughlin

Brilliant, vivid - I enjoyed this book ENORMOUSLY - Marian Keyes

Eimear Ryan is a superbly talented writer and Holding Her Breath is a brilliantly realised, gripping, and moving first novel, full of startling perceptions and richly believable characters. This is absolutely the real thing - Kevin Power

A confident, textured, fluent novel about first love - and the campus novel sections are a pure joy - Niamh Campbell

Written with a wonderful clarity and insight, Holding Her Breath lingers in the imagination. Beth's unravelling and re-ravelling is drawn with great skill and empathy. A brilliant debut - Donal Ryan

Enthralling - Image

So finely polished it gleams, and yet it's also almost effortless reading . . . new, bright, exciting, glittering. I absolutely loved it - Claire Hennessy

Stylishly written, with strong female voices - Irish Times

Very assured . . . a refreshing, accomplished debut - Sunday Independent

It's a truly compelling read, and one I wholeheartedly recommend - Buzz

I very much enjoyed reading this one and if you love intimate coming of age tales as much as I do, you have to pick this up - Miriam Stimpfl

An engaging narrative . . . written with perfect poise - Saga

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“A confident debut”

Holding Her Breath is a debut novel by Eimear Ryan, co-editor of the well-respected Irish literary magazine Banshee. Beth Crowe is a national swimmer who had to drop out of school due to a personal crisis for a couple... More

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“Beautiful”

Holding Her Breath is a remarkable and relatable debut from Eimear Ryan. A contemporary novel, it tells the story of Beth Crowe , a young woman starting her study of psychology at Trinity College Dublin. A little... More

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“An impressive, intriguing and modern debut novel from Eimear Ryan.”

The story follows Beth, an Irish swimmer with a chequered past with competing, mental health problems and coping with stress who is also a granddaughter of a famous poet, Ben Crowe, as she starts university and... More

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