Published to huge acclaim, Christine Dwyer Hickey’s Tatty was hailed by the critics as a masterpiece, and went on to become a bestseller. With the brutal clarity and touching honesty of a child, Tatty tells the story of her alcoholic family. The result is a stunning portrait of a disintegrating family, and the child lost within it.
Praise for Tatty:
‘A bare, lyrical story of a Dublin childhood that will rank among the very best of Irish books this year. It’s not easy to make writing seem this simple. Like all good stories, it never judges itself, and so it remains open, charming, dignified, even when the subject matter drifts towards the harrowing. A really fine book, evocative of a not-so-distant past’ – Colum McCann
‘Christine Dwyer Hickey’s fourth novel, Tatty, beautiful and heartbreaking, confirms that her skills are perfected, and her exceptional talent is far from exhausted. Such is Hickey’s power that, as a reader, you’ll soon feel that you have become the very necessary person for Tatty – someone who knows everything about her, and longs to protect her. And when the book ends so suddenly that you feel you are abandoning her, the effect is shattering. Tatty devastates in a way that only the most unsentimental novels can’ - Sunday Independent
‘The intricacies of class are brilliantly observed through the eyes of a distressed child. [The] achievement is the creation of Tatty’s voice, a voice that guides the reader through this world from the child’s limited perspective…Dwyer Hickey successfully juxtaposes the ordinary and the extraordinary’ - The Irish Times
‘Dwyer Hickey’s mastery of the child’s voice is spectacular and her acute understanding of the mentality of children leads to some hilarious moments’ – Sunday Tribune
‘Dwyer Hickey gives Tatty a fragile resilience: deeply damaged, she still feels that she must be strong. It makes for authentic fiction’ – The Sunday Times