A History of Running Away
Book of the Year in the Irish Times 'A wonderful storyteller' Joseph O'Connor In 1982 Jasmine wants to box, but in 1980s Ireland boxing is illegal for girls. In 2012 a gynaecologist agonises about a job offer which would mean escape from the increasingly fraught atmosphere of her Dublin hospital. But what about her mother, stuck in a nursing home? And in Maryland Ali, whose mother has recently died, hooks up with a biker gang to escape from grandparents she didn't know she had. Gradually revealing the unexpected connections between the three women, A History of Running Away is a brilliantly written novel about running away, growing up and finding out who you are.