Mary McCarthy (fiction writer)
McCarthy is the author of five novels, Remember Me, And No Bird Sang, Crescendo, Shame the Devil and After the Rain with Poolbeg Press. She has sold over 100,000 copies of her works and three of her titles have been translated into other languages including French, German and Finnish. Her work has been praised by Time,
Background and inspiration
McCarthy was part of the growth in contemporary women's Irish fiction which emerged in the 1990s. Other notable authors of this movement include Patricia Scanlan, Maeve Binchy and Cathy Kelly. McCarthy's books were regarded as 'thinking fiction' within the industry, and were a marked departure from the simultaneously flourishing genre of holiday novels, also known as "chick lit".
All of her work has received favourable reviews from television programmes and book reviews in the Irish Daily Star, The Irish Times and The Irish Independent newspapers. In Ireland she has appeared on TV3 in person as well as being interviewed on radio for Today FM and Near FM. She has written articles for the Irish Independent, Sunday World Magazine, Women's Way, Journal.ie and Bark! magazine.
- "Mary McCarthy's world; two fine first novels" Time. (27 March 2000): 97
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