One of nine children born into a penniless North Dublin family, Nuala O’Faolain was saved from a harrowing childhood by her love of books and reading. Though she ultimately became one of Ireland’s best-known columnists, her professional success did little to ease her longing for a deep connection to the world. Are You Somebody? distills her experiences into a wisdom that can only come from an obstinate refusal to shrink from life.
A strikingly vivid and starkly emotional memoir, Are You Somebody? is, like O’Faolain herself, a singular example of courage, honesty, and bold living.
‘This book has to be read’ – The New York Times
‘A rich, fierce memoir’ - The New Yorker
‘An astonishing book…a classic’ – Times Literary Supplement
‘A beautiful exploration of human loneliness and happiness of contentment and longing’ – Washington Post
‘A remarkable memoir, poignant, truthful, imparting that quiet wisdom which suffering brings’ – Edna O’Brien
‘An extraordinary memoir, beautifully written’ – Roddy Doyle