You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here: Winner of the Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award

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5.6 X 9.0 X 1.2 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
Frances Macken is from Claremorris, Co. Mayo. She completed a BA in Film and Television Production at the National Film School, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford and is the author of several short stories. You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here is her debut work of literary fiction.
'Few writers have articulated the intricacies of friendship - the dependency, the uncertainty, the fragility of the pecking order - with as much authority....a debut bursting with heart.'-- "Irish Independent"
'This exploration of the seething hinterland of growing up, with its often unspoken passions, unrequited longings and intense jealousies, is melancholy, funny, dark and affecting.'-- "Deborah Kay Davies, author of Reasons She Goes to the Woods"
'A subtle, powerful debut novel. Quietly packing her emotional punches, never predictable, Macken's prose is clear-eyed yet lyrical, and in Katie, she has created a truly touching (and at times very funny) protagonist... A new voice in fiction to celebrate.'-- "Anna Beer, author of Patriot or Traitor"
'Frances Macken's You Have To Make Your Own Fun Around Here charts the friendship of three small-town girls from their childhoods through to their early careers, exploring envy and self-belief with consistent, natural humour and spot-on observations.'-- "Caoilinn Hughes, author of Orchid & the Wasp"
'You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here vividly captures life in a close-knit community, while examining the intricacies and anxieties of female friendship... Katie is a vibrant creation, whose insights are often fresh and startling... The ups-and-downs of going places is ultimately what makes the narrative come to life.'-- "Irish Times"
'This atmospheric debut looks like a rural Irish coming-of-age novel, but it's cleverer, darker, more unreliable.'-- "Daily Mail"
'A fresh, clever look at the intricacies and jealousies of female friendship. This debut reads like a modern, mysterious version of Edna O'Brien's The Country Girls.'-- "Irish Examiner"