An Evening with Kathleen MacMahon


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Join us for an evening with award-winning author Kathleen MacMahon (author of the critically acclaimed Nothing But Blue Sky, long-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction) as she reads from her latest novel, The Home Scar, at Books Upstairs. This poignant and thought-provoking novel explores the complexities of family, identity, and loss.
After the reading, attendees will have the chance to ask Kathleen questions and gain deeper insights into her creative process and the inspiration behind her work. This event is free to attend and promises to be a memorable evening for long-time fans of Kathleen MacMahon’s work, as well as newcomers to her writing. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to connect with one of Ireland’s most talented contemporary writers.


About the author

The Home Scar is Kathleen MacMahon’s fourth novel. Her debut, This is How it Ends, was translated into more than twenty languages, spent five weeks at the top of the bestseller lists in Ireland, and was a Richard and Judy Book Club choice in the UK. It was followed by The Long, Hot Summer, also a bestseller in Ireland and Nothing But Blue Sky, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize 2021. Kathleen is a former radio and television journalist with Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ. She lives in Dublin with her family.

Praise for The Home Scar

‘A very grown-up novel about life, and love of course, and above all the repercussions of a disrupted childhood. A real tour de force’ Christine Dwyer Hickey

‘Gorgeous . . . like an adventure story into memory’ Louise Nealon

‘Magnificent . . . she is such a gifted writer, pulling at the heart strings with delicate, precise language’ Anne Griffin

‘Intriguing and meticulous . . . readers will be surprised and delighted’ Ed O’Loughlin

‘Once again displays MacMahon’s gimlet-eyed understanding of grown-up frailty’ Hilary Fannin

‘Wonderful. Funny, tender and beautifully written’ Rachael English

‘Compassionate and poignant – a work of considerable moral power’ Neil Hegarty

‘A real treat . . . no one does delicately detailed observation like Kathleen MacMahon’ Sinéad Crowley

‘Spellbinding’ Aingeala Flannery

Praise for Nothing But Blue Sky

‘Touching and enthralling’Sunday Times ‘What a beautiful novel … Elegant, understated, subtly powerful, and rings so perfectly true’ Donal Ryan ‘Heart-rending … MacMahon’s words ring with the honesty of truth, offering genuine insight into the human condition’ Business Post

‘Beautiful and moving’ Claire Fuller, Winner, Costa Novel 2021

‘Skilfully written with a wonderful lightness of touch’ Irish Times ‘Gentle and triumphant, MacMahon offers us a novel seeped in beautiful prose and poignant tenderness’ Anne Griffin ‘A beautifully written and powerful tale’ Woman & Home ‘A tender dissection of a marriage’ Independent ‘A piece of perfection … the best book I’ve read all year’ Irish Examiner ‘Sure and subtle, MacMahon holds the reader in her spell. She is a born storyteller’ Mike McCormick