Susannah Dickey

Tennis Lessons
  • Tennis Lessons

  • For fans of I MAY DESTROY YOU and FLEABAG, the darkly funny, fiercely honest debut novel about a spirited young misfit and her rocky road to womanhood, stopping at each year along the way.

    'A raw, fierce, shockingly honest coming-of-age story.' LOUISE O'NEILL

    'Incredibly funny and honest . . . by turns charming and disgusting and I loved it' NELL FRIZZELL

    'Propulsive . . . brilliantly vivid . . . stays in the mind long after reading' IRISH TIMES

    'A beautifully written and psychologically incisive bildungsroman...the arrival of a young writer to watch' OBSERVER


    You're strange and wrong. You've known it from the beginning.

    This is the voice that rings in your ears. Because you never say the right thing. You're a disappointment to everyone. You're a far cry from beautiful - and your thoughts are ugly too.

    You seem bound to fail, bound to break.

    But you know what it is to laugh with your best friend, to feel the first tentative tingles of attraction, to take exquisite pleasure in the affront of your unruly body.

    You just need to find your place.

    From dead pets and crashed cars to family traumas and misguided love affairs, Susannah Dickey's revitalizing debut novel plunges us into the private world of one young woman as she navigates her rocky way to adulthood.

Susannah Dickey grew up in Derry and now lives in Belfast. She is the author of two poetry pamphlets, I had some very slight concerns (2017) and genuine human values (2018). Her poetry has been published in Ambit, The White Review, Poetry Ireland Review and Magma, amongst others. In 2018 she was shortlisted for The White Review short story prize, and in 2017 she was the winner of the inaugural Verve Poetry Festival competition. Her debut novel, Tennis Lessons, will be published in June 2020.


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