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Eimear McBride Was Told 'Didn't Fit Niche'

Posted at 7:31AM Wednesday 28 May 2014

At 27, Eimear McBride was a young Irish author with a string of rejections from agents and publishers. "They said my writing was very bold, and brave, but they didn't know how to sell it. It didn't fit into any niche," she told Reuters. One publisher even offered to produce her novel as memoir. "They didn't seem concerned that this hadn't happened to me. The attitude was, 'Oh well, some of it's true'." Ten years later she is holding a clutch of nominations for literary prizes for the same debut book: "A Girl is a Half-formed Thing." Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2013, shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Bailey's Prize for Fiction, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award; and longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize — what does all that recognition feel like?

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