A bold, in­tel­li­gent de­but

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Cherise Wo­las Harper Collins €15.99

WHEN Joan Ashby, a pre­co­cious scrib­bler, is 13 she writes notes to her­self in her di­ary on how to be­come a great writer. Th­ese gov­ern­ing prin­ci­ples in­clude such salu­tary ad­vice as “Avoid crushes and love,” “Do not en­ter­tain any of­fer of mar­riage,” “Never ever have chil­dren,” and “Never al­low any­one to get in my way.”

Thus be­gins this as­ton­ish­ing first novel by Cherise Wo­las, an in­cred­i­ble book that reads noth­ing like a de­but, so self-as­sured the writ­ing, so ex­pan­sive and wholly im­mer­sive the plot.

Aged 21, es­chew­ing love and mother­hood in favour of writ­ing, her first short story col­lec­tion, Other Small Spa­ces is pub­lished and makes the best­seller list, win­ning the Na­tional Book Award. Four years later, she

FIC­TION The Res­ur­rec­tion of Joan Ashby

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