Country Girl (memoir)

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Country Girl is the memoir of Edna O'Brien. Faber and Faber published it in 2012. The title refers to her debut novel The Country Girls, which was banned, burned and denounced upon publication.

Country Girl's cover is a reprint of the photograph used for O'Brien's 1965 novel August Is a Wicked Month.[1]

The Observer said the book "reveal[s] a brave, beautiful and sometimes helpless woman on her journey from repression to creative freedom."[2]

It won in the Irish Non-Fiction Book category at the 2012 Irish Book Awards.[3]


  1. ^ Garner, Dwight (29 April 2013). "Seeking the Ardent Life, Finding It and Sharing It: Edna O'Brien's Memoir, 'Country Girl'". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Country Girl by Edna O'Brien – review". The Observer. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  3. ^ Boland, Rosita (23 November 2012). "Banville wins novel of year at awards". The Irish Times. Retrieved 23 November 2012.

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