This Is How You Remember It

Catherine Prasifka

This Is How You Remember It by Catherine Prasifka (Hardback ISBN 9781805300991) book cover

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A potent and compulsive novel about the dangers of growing up online, from the author of the Irish Book Awards-nominated None of This is Serious


You’re nine when you get your first computer. Your favourite thing is a virtual pet website; you spend hours in the chatroom. You don’t understand why some of your online friends don’t use their real names.

It’s not long before you discover porn. You don’t know what you’re watching, but you do know that you shouldn’t tell anybody. Later, older, your first kiss is captured on camera and shared with everyone in your year. It feels like betrayal, but soon it feels normal. Part of the incessant cycle of posting, sharing and liking.

Now, you can’t remember a time when you didn’t feel hollow inside. Now, you know that something has to change.

Chilling, potent and intensely intimate, This is How You Remember It is at once a cautionary tale, a call to arms and a tender love story. It is about a life lived online, and about finding another way, when it’s all you’ve ever known.

“It is an essential document. I wish it wasn’t. I’m so glad it exists”
Jo Hamya

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“A potent time capsule, a depiction of millennials as a lost generation …[A] powerful cautionary tale”
irish Independent

“A coming-of-age story written with the oppressive propulsion of a thriller”
sunday Telegraph

“Consent looms large over the novel, and how it intertwines with the ways girls are conditioned to think about their bodies”
sunday Times

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Catherine Prasifka

Catherine Prasifka was born in Dublin. Her debut novel, None of This Is Serious, was an Irish Times bestseller and was picked as ‘one to watch’ for 2022 by the Irish Times, Stylist and the Irish Independent. She holds a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin, an MLitt in Fantasy Literature from the University of Glasgow and an MA in Irish Folklore and Ethnology from University College Dublin. In 2024, Catherine was appointed as Writer Fellow at Trinity College Dublin.