The Country Girls, The Lonely Girl, and Girls in Their Married Bliss

The Country Girls, The Lonely Girl, and Girls in Their Married Bliss

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  • Hardcover
  • UK First Edition, First Printing
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Released January 1, 1960

£2,500.00

Edna O'Brien's first novel The Country Girls and its sequels The Lonely Girl and Girls in their Married Bliss changed the temperature of Irish literature in the 1960s. The characters of Kate Brady and her friend Baba Brennan have inspired generation after generation of readers and writers, as we see them struggling against the confines of a rural Irish convent school; revelling in the bright lights of Dublin; and weathering the unexpected challenges of married life in London. The passion, artistry, and courage of Edna O'Brien's vision in these novels - tender portraits of innocence and youth, love and passion, dreams and reality - resonate into the twenty-first century, and are illuminated by Eimear McBride's new foreword.

Book Condition & Notes

Edna O'Brien's debut novel and the two subsequent publications, forming a trilogy now referred to as 'The Country Girls Trilogy'.

The Country Girls: Fine first edition, with slight lean to spine and minor shelf wear. In a near-fine unclipped dust jacket, with some light chipping to corners and along edges. Slight loss of color to folds.

The Lonely Girl: Near-fine first edition. Slight lean to spine and a very small bump to the top rear corner. In a near-fine unclipped dust jacket, with some very slight chipping to corners and spine, and some loss of colour to the folds.

Girls in the their Married Bliss: Near-fine first edition, with bump to bottom rear corner. Otherwise fine. In a near-fine unclipped dust jacket with a small tear to the front cover, and some light wear to corners and spine.


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Edna O'Brien

Edna O'Brien is an Irish novelist, memoirist, playwright, poet and short story writer. She is considered the "doyenne" of Irish literature. She was the winner of the 1993 Writer's Guild Prize for Fiction. Her biography of James Joyce was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in June 1999. In 2001 her documentary novel, In the Forest - about a brutal murder on the west coast - caused a furor in her native Ireland. It was the subject of a BBC Omnibus film and was later shortlisted for Irish Book of the Decade.

O'Brien now lives in London. She received the Irish PEN Award in 2001. Saints and Sinners won the 2011 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the world's richest prize for a short story collection. In 2018 she received the PEN/Nabokov Award. Faber and Faber published her memoir, Country Girl, in 2012. Her most recent novel is Girl, based on the kidnapping of the Boko Haram girls, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

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Book Condition & Notes

Edna O'Brien's debut novel and the two subsequent publications, forming a trilogy now referred to as 'The Country Girls Trilogy'.

The Country Girls: Fine first edition, with slight lean to spine and minor shelf wear. In a near-fine unclipped dust jacket, with some light chipping to corners and along edges. Slight loss of color to folds.

The Lonely Girl: Near-fine first edition. Slight lean to spine and a very small bump to the top rear corner. In a near-fine unclipped dust jacket, with some very slight chipping to corners and spine, and some loss of colour to the folds.

Girls in the their Married Bliss: Near-fine first edition, with bump to bottom rear corner. Otherwise fine. In a near-fine unclipped dust jacket with a small tear to the front cover, and some light wear to corners and spine.


Professionally Packed

All of our books that a have dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.