The Playground (Paperback)
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The Playground (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 04/09/2014
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Eve is putting her life together again. Her partner has walked out on her. She's moved into a tiny flat on the outskirts of Dublin. She has no job. But she does have her beloved baby daughter - and there's a little playground across the street. It's a tired spot for teenagers and tramps, but Eve is determined to make this new life work. Alongside her interfering lodger and a group of local mums she swings into action to make the playground the heart of the community. But not all games are innocent - and not all friends are true. When a terrible accident is blamed on her, Eve must forge her own independence - and realise that the playground is not a place to hide from adulthood.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781849162562
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 378 g
Dimensions: 233 x 155 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Dazzling ... It's a funny, sometimes heartbreaking insight into how a young mother struggles to cope ... Absolutely captivating' * Irish Independent *
Julia Kelly is surely the freshest voice in Irish fiction since the wonderful early novels of Edna O'Brien. This is a future to watch * John Banville *
Searingly honest, uncomfortably so ... Anatomises the aftermath of a breakup and the ensuing struggles with scalpel-like prose ... emotional resonance and achingly human observations * Sunday Independent *
A first-rate portrait ... Very funny (squirm-inducing early Mike Leigh - Abigail's Party, say - comes to mind) ... The anarchy of the everyday is what the novel conveys so well, so unhurriedly, so unostentatiously, with much sly wit ... Excellent * Irish Times *

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“A wonderful read”

I had never heard of Julia Kelly before, but this book was a wonderful read. Not a lot else has happened today as I was so absorbed by it. Most certainly recommend it.

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