Academy Street

Mary Costello

Academy Street by Mary Costello (Paperback ISBN 9781782114208) book cover

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2014 COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD

AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4 BOOK AT BEDTIME

WINNER OF THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2014

SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2014

Tess Lohan appears to be a quiet child. But within lies a heart of fire. A fire that will propel her from her native Ireland into the hurly-burly of 1960s New York. In this city she will face the twists of a life graced with great beauty, but forever floating close to hazard. Joyous and heart-breaking, Academy Street journeys through six decades and one incredible story.


“Packed with emotional intensity”
sunday Times

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“A writer of huge ability … Brings to mind John Williams’s resurrected masterpiece, Stoner
guardian

“To recount a life story in a novel is a difficult task. To do so with brevity and unsentimental honesty takes greatness. Academy Street is a powerful and emotional novel from one of literature’s finest new voices”
John Boyne

“An exceptional first novel”
the Times

“With extraordinary devotion, Mary Costello brings to life a woman who would otherwise have faded into oblivion”
J.m. Coetzee


Mary Costello

Mary Costello grew up in County Galway. Her collection of short stories, The China Factory, was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. Her stories have been published in various anthologies and broadcast on radio. She lives in Dublin.

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