Eimear McBride – Strange Hotel (book launch)
Eimear McBride is the award-winning author of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (Women’s Prize for Fiction, Irish Novel of the Year, the Goldsmiths Prize and others) and The Lesser Bohemians (James Tait Black Memorial Prize). We are delighted to host the launch of her latest novel, Strange Hotel, in partnership with The Book Hive.
In Strange Hotel, a nameless woman enters a nondescript hotel room that she’s been in once before, many years ago. The room hasn’t changed, but she has. As she occupies a series of hotel rooms around the world – each of which reflects back some aspect of herself – we discover what has or might transpire in these rooms, the rules of engagement between her and the men she sometimes meets, and the outlines of the absence she is trying to forget.
Fierce, honest, laced with desire and punctuated with black humour, Strange Hotel fully immerses us in a revelatory exploration of a woman’s mind as she attempts to negotiate her own memories and impulses, and edges towards what it might mean to return home.
‘Eimear McBride is that old fashioned thing, a genius, in that she writes truth-spilling, uncompromising and brilliant prose.’ – Anne Enright, Guardian
‘Strange Hotel already has the stamp of immortality on it. A deep dissection of desire and aloneness, in its familiarity and strangeness, it seems even newer and more radical than McBride’s previous novels. As Anne Enright has said, she is something of a genius.’
– Sebastian Barry
‘McBride is on blistering form’ – Sinéad Gleeson
Eimear McBride grew up in the west of Ireland and trained at Drama Centre London. Her first novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing took nine years to find a publisher and subsequently received a number of awards, including the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, and the Goldsmiths Prize. Her second novel The Lesser Bohemians won the 2017 James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award. In 2017 she was awarded the inaugural Creative Fellowship of the Beckett Research Centre, University of Reading. In a 2018 Times Literary Supplement poll of 200 critics, academics, and fiction writers, McBride was named one of the ten best British and Irish novelists writing today. Website
Image (c) Sophie Bassouls