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The Portable Virgin


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'Elegant, scrupulously poised, always intelligent and, not least, original' Angela Carter

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Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published two collection of stories, collected as Yesterday's Weather, one book of non-fiction, Making Babies, and five novels, including The Gathering, which was the Irish Novel of the Year, and won the Irish Fiction Award and the 2007 Man Booker Prize, and The Forgotten Waltz, which was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. She is the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction.


Witty and acerbic...unusual and elegant. She is a writer to watch * Today *
Introduces a new voice in Irish fiction...a quirky, subversive, original wit and an imaginative linguistic fluency which must be interpreted as the consolidation of a new literary maturity -- Eileen Battersby * Irish Times *
In sentence after sentence as cool and clear-headed as the moment a migraine lifts, these pained, precise, disquieting stories restore to us the strangeness of the lives we follow beneath the surface of the lives we lead. The Portable Virgin is a remarkable debut -- Aidan Matthews
A great new Irish talent which we're bound to enjoy again. I can't wait * Irish Indepedent *

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