Elaine Feeney

As You Were
  • As You Were

  • Discover this unforgettable, darkly funny novel about the power of friendship and the heartbreak of family life - shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2021.

    'AMAZING' Marian Keyes
    'BEAUTIFUL' Douglas Stuart
    'FABULOUS' Kevin Barry
    'THRILLING' Nicole Flattery


    Sinéad Hynes is a tough, driven, funny young property developer with a terrifying secret.

    No-one knows it: not her fellow patients in a failing hospital, and certainly not her family. She has confided only in Google and a shiny magpie.

    But she can't go on like this, tirelessly trying to outstrip her past and in mortal fear of her future. Somehow, Sinéad needs to seize the moment, and maybe then she can learn to be free...

    An Evening Standard, Observer and Daily Telegraph Book of the Year
    An Observer Best Debut 2020

    Winner of the Dalkey Book Festival Emerging Writer Award
    Winner of the McKitterick Prize 2020
    Winner of the Kate O'Brien Award 2021
    Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year 2020

    'Extraordinary... This is writing that often reaches into your heart' Evening Standard

    'Exhilarating...gloriously full of life' Irish Independent

    'Feeney's voice is at once fresh and sharp, with an eye for comedy' Observer

Elaine Feeney is a writer from the west of Ireland and she lectures at The National University of Ireland, Galway. Her debut novel, As You Were, won the 2021 Kate O'Brien Award and was shortlisted for both the Rathbones Folio Prize and Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. It was an Observer Best Debut selection and went on to feature in various Best of 2020 lists including the Sunday Times, Telegraph, Irish Independent, Evening Standard, Guardian, and Irish Times. Feeney has published three collections of poetry including The Radio was Gospel and Rise. She wrote the award-winning drama piece for the Liz Roche Company, WRoNGHEADED, and her short story Sojourn was included in The Art of The Glimpse, 100 Irish Short Stories Edited by Sinéad Gleeson. She has published widely, most recently in Poetry Review, Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, Copper Nickel Journal, the Guardian, the Irish Times and Oxford Poetry.

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