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  • From the first sentence to the last, this is a great piece of writing - precise, sure, engaging, and a joy to read

    Roddy Doyle
  • A moving debut with a satisfying conclusion

    Irish Independent
  • Through the dark sky of our times, Eimear Ryan arrives like a comet, a bright talent scorching through every page. To read this book is to feel it blaze to life. I can't stop thinking about it

    Doireann Ní Ghríofa, author of A Ghost in the Throat
  • A beautiful coming-of-age story told with impressive skill and lightness of touch. It marks the arrival of an exciting new voice on the Irish literary scene, one whom I can't wait to hear more from. I absolutely loved it

    Louise O'Neill
  • Whip-smart observations and addictive prose

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Effortlessly weaving together a gripping, multi-layered plot, while maintaining a profoundly tender touch, Ryan has marked herself as a captivatingly original voice in Irish literature

    Hot Press
  • A delicious read . . . A nimble account of student life with a darkly enjoyable undercurrent of secrecy and emotional turmoil

    Sara Baume
  • A joy to read ­- disarming, entertaining and life-affirming. A blisteringly good portrayal of complex lives and loves. It's an enthralling debut from a hugely talented writer

    Danielle McLaughlin
  • Brilliant, vivid - I enjoyed this book ENORMOUSLY

    Marian Keyes
  • Eimear Ryan is a superbly talented writer and Holding Her Breath is a brilliantly realised, gripping, and moving first novel, full of startling perceptions and richly believable characters. This is absolutely the real thing

    Kevin Power

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