You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here

Pages: 288
Imprint: Oneworld

You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here

Frances Macken

A captivating, dark portrayal of youth, friendship and the fine line that separates admiration from envy 
9781786077653 (26 Mar 2020)
RRP £14.99 / US$25.95

The Book

Evelyn is intoxicating. She's self-assured, mercurial, dominant and mischievous. But she's also mean, and as much as her best friends Katie and Maeve crave her approval, theirs is a threesome held together by fear. 

As the girls grow up and start to look beyond their small Irish village, they must step out of Evelyn's shadow. This mesmerising debut, brilliantly evocative of rural Ireland, is a compellingly readable portrait of the places, and people, that continue to shape us long after we've decided to leave them behind.

Additional Information

Pages 288
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Frances Macken (b. 1982) is from Claremorris, Co. Mayo. She completed a BA in Film and Television Production at the National Film School, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford and is the author of several short stories. Her work has twice been shortlisted for national short story awards run by RTÉ, Ireland's biggest public service broadcaster, and Penguin Ireland. You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here is her debut work of literary fiction.