Exile

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Pub Date 23 May 2024 | Archive Date 30 May 2024

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Description

Leaving home was hard. Returning is impossible.

Endless nights out in Belfast pass by for Fiadh and her friends in an exhilarating blur of cheap vodka and crowded dancefloors as they celebrate the end of exams and start of university. But when Fiadh wakes up from a night she doesn’t remember… everything changes. Soon, everyone knows what happened to her; it is impossible to stop the rumours from spreading and the gossip from spiralling out of control. Helpless, she begins to freefall.

Thrown into university life at Liverpool, assignment deadlines are missed, classes are skipped, friends’ messages are ignored. Lost between a strange new city and a place that no longer feels like home, will one night cost her everything?

Taut and tender, Exile is a devastating exploration of the repercussions of one half-remembered night from a major new voice in Northern Irish fiction.

Leaving home was hard. Returning is impossible.

Endless nights out in Belfast pass by for Fiadh and her friends in an exhilarating blur of cheap vodka and crowded dancefloors as they celebrate the end...


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ISBN 9781399815857
PRICE £16.99 (GBP)
PAGES 320

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‘Exile’ is a strong debut from Aimee Walsh. I really love the title and how it relates to Fiadh’s experiences. Walsh is spot on about relocating for further education and how incredibly difficult it can be to find your place. The novel is packed with nostalgia and angst which really tugged on my heartstrings. It's relatable, on many levels, too, especially as regards female friendships. Walsh employs some beautiful turns of phrase and her writing, and characterisation, is up there with the likes of Sally Rooney. Something about the atmosphere of the novel reminds me of Alan Warner’s ‘Morvern Callar’. I ripped through it and very much look forward to whatever Aimee Walsh does next.

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