The Amendments (Hardback)
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The Amendments (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages
Published: 18/04/2024
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A haunting, powerful novel that also serves as a potent examination of Irish womanhood through the decades, The Amendments explores three generations of one family and the actions that lead to Nell and Adrienne's decision to have a baby.

Delving into the lives of three generations of women, The Amendments by Niamh Mulvey is an extraordinary novel about love and freedom, belonging and rebellion – and about how our past is a vital presence which sits alongside us.

Nell and her partner Adrienne are about to have a baby. For Adrienne, it’s the start of a new life. For Nell, it’s the reason the two of them are sitting in a therapist’s office. Because she can’t go into this without dealing with the truth: that she has been a mother before, and now she can hardly bring herself to speak to her own mother, let alone return home to Ireland.

Nell is running out of places to hide from her past.

But to Ireland and the past is where she must go, and that is where The Amendments takes us: to the heat of Nell’s teenage years in the early 2000s, as Ireland was unpicking itself from its faith and embracing the hedonism of the Celtic Tiger. To 1983, when Nell’s mother Dolores was grappling with the tensions of the women’s rights movement. And then to the farms and suburbs and towns that made and unmade the lives at the centre of this story, bound together by the terrible secret that Nell still cannot face.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529079852
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 446 g
Dimensions: 225 x 145 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Niamh Mulvey's wonderfully compelling characters and deft, clear prose offer great pleasure. Her sense of political and cultural change is sharp, and the beauty she finds in days of struggle is haunting. - Joseph O'Connor, author of My Father's House and Star of the Sea

A smart, subtle, engrossing and moving novel that gives voice to so much that's unspoken about Ireland and about youth. - Emma Donoghue, Booker prize-shortlisted author of Room

An extraordinary achievement. The Amendments is about a lot of things - love, family, girlhood, growing up, sex, legacy, compassion - all blended into a moving plot, expertly handled. Wonderful. - Jessie Burton, bestselling author of The Miniaturist

I loved The Amendments. Rare is the novel that is as significant as it is enjoyable: her characters glimmer with heart and soul, her writing is beautiful and her themes profound. It's a book about mothers and daughters, friendship, hope, bravery and what it means to believe in something. A fantastic and important achievement.' - Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters

Rarely has a book moved me as The Amendments has: it cuts to the heart of what it means to be human, to want, to love, to be a mother or a daughter or a woman moving through the world. It's a triumph of a book, and a vital one too - Elizabeth Macneal, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Doll Factory

I genuinely loved The Amendments. I found it such a tender, compassionate, deeply believable novel. I'd defy any Irish woman, in particular, to read this and not feel that sense of innate recognition that all the best writing elicits. - Niamh Hargan, author of Twelve Days in May

In her debut novel, Mulvey explores Ireland’s history of control over women and their fertility through the story of Nell and her partner Adrienne - Irish Journal

Online heat has been rising slowly but suely around Niamh Mulvey's intriguing debut novel, The Amendments . . . Abortion, the Church, teenage pregnancy, the Celtic Tiger - Mulvey has covered plenty of ground. - Irish Independent

Delving into the lives of three generations of women, we see how Ireland has changed over the course of one family . . . While Nell and Dolores feel like they’re miles apart, their stories are more similar than they expected. - VIP

Niamh Mulvey has written a deft and deeply moving fiction about cross-generational secrets and longings, because such is the stuff of our everyday, dramatic, secretive lives. This is a work of beauty and insight. - Ed O'Loughlin

There’s so much casually imparted wisdom in Mulvey’s writing that reading her work feels as if you’ve been through therapy without realising it. The Amendments is a compelling, beautifully observed novel about the long reach of shame in the lives of Irish women across generations. - Sarah Gilmartin

An engaging debut novel. - Irish Examiner

A questing first novel of significant prowess . . . Mulvey touches on complex questions of belonging, freedom and motherhood. - Observer

Compelling . . . smart, perceptive . . . Mulvey has a sharp eye for details that point up larger truths . . . The Amendments is an opening salvo from a novelist of grit and power - The Irish Times

Elegant prose and an earnest engagement with emotional integrity are the hallmarks of this engrossing coming-of-age tale . . . The novel brims with drama and dilemmas as Nell and her mother together tackle the thorny issues of faith, freedom and feminism in a cloistered society. - Mail on Sunday

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“I couldn’t stop coming back”

This book- based on Nell’s story but also that of other women (her mother, partner, others in the feminist movement and church, across different periods of time in Ireland) had an interesting premise and I liked some... More

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“Highly Recommended”

A first novel for Niamh Mulvey, and I hope more to come. This evoked memories of my past and how I related to my mother.
In Ireland, during the 80's the 8th amendment was also in place protecting the right to... More

Hardback edition
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“Plenty to think about”

Mothers and daughters, England and Ireland, religion and the right to choose. Back and forth in time, between the institution and the repeal of the 8th amendment, a story of strong women. Plenty to think about.

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