Constellations

Constellations Reflections from Life

Paperback (02 Apr 2020) | English

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Synopsis

*Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2020*

*Winner of non-fiction book of the year at the Irish Book Awards*

'Utterly magnificent. Raw, thought-provoking and galvanising; this is a book every woman should read.' -Eimear McBride, author of A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing.

I have come to think of all the metal in my body as artificial stars, glistening beneath the skin, a constellation of old and new metal. A map, a tracing of connections and a guide to looking at things from different angles.

How do you tell the story of a life in a body, as it goes through sickness, health, motherhood? How do you tell that story when you are not just a woman but a woman in Ireland? In the powerful and daring essays in Constellations Sinéad Gleeson does that very thing. All of life is within these pages, from birth to first love, pregnancy to motherhood, terrifying sickness, old age and loss to death itself. Throughout this wide-ranging collection she also turns her restless eye outwards delving into work, art and our very ways of seeing. In the tradition of some of our finest life writers, and yet still in her own spirited, generous voice, Sinéad takes us on a journey that is both uniquely personal and yet universal in its resonance. Here is the fierce joy and pain of being alive.

'Breathtaking and sublime.' - Nina Stibbe

'Absolutely extraordinary and life-enhancing.' - Daisy Buchanan, author of How to be Grown-up.

About the Publisher

Picador

Picador

Picador publishes outstanding international writing, fiction and non-fiction, in both hardback and paperback, and has numerous prize winners on its list. Picador has established a reputation for literary fiction with a broad commercial appeal, groundbreaking non-fiction, (particularly, reportage, literary biography and memoir) and a formidable poetry list, which has consistently won many of the major prizes.

Book information

ISBN: 9781509892778
Publisher: Macmillan
Imprint: Picador
Pub date:
DEWEY: 828.9209
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 4805
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 186g
Height: 321mm
Width: 249mm
Spine width: 15mm