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One little girl, one large imagination...

About the Author

Christine Dwyer Hickey is an award-winning novelist and short-story writer. Twice winner of the Listowel Writers' Week Short Story Competition, she was also a prize winner in the prestigious Observer/Penguin Short-Story Competition. Her trilogy, The Dancer, The Gambler and The Gatemaker, has received wide critical acclaim, and The Dancer was shortlisted for the Listowel Writers' Week Book of the Year. Christine has also written a screenplay, adapted from her own short story, for the film No Better Man, starring Niall Toibin. She lives in Palmerstown with her family.


Christine Dwyer Hickey's marvellous novel is a wonderful achievement. She gets the very sense, smell and taste of a child's world so authentically correct. * Irish Examiner *
Some of the finest writing of this century and the last. * Irish Independent *
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 *
Beautiful and heartbreaking. * Sunday Independent *
Dwyer Hickey gives Tatty a fragile resilience. It makes for authentic fiction. * The Sunday Times *

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