Thursday 18 July 2019

Powerful collection of essays scoops book of the year

Emilie Pine
Emilie Pine

Rachel Dugan

'NOTES to Self', Irish academic Emilie Pine's collection of deeply personal essays, has been named the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018.

The book was chosen by public vote from the list of category winners at the recent An Post Irish Book Awards, winning out over 12 other titles that included Sally Rooney's Booker-nominated 'Normal People' and Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen's runaway hit 'The Importance of Being Aisling'.

UCD drama professor Pine's first foray into non-fiction consists of six powerful essays that explore a number of topics that have touched the 41-year-old's life, including parental alcoholism, infertility, drug use, sexual violence and mental health.

'Notes to Self' has been both a massive critical and popular hit here and was published in the UK this week.

Irish Independent

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