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 
Hardback
9781786077653 (26 Mar 2020)
RRP £14.99 / US$25.95

The Book

AN IRISH TIMES, IRISH INDEPENDENT and SUNDAY INDEPENDENT 'TITLE TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2020'

Katie, Maeve and Evelyn - friends forever, united by their childhood games and their dreams of escaping the tiny Irish town of Glenbruff. 

Outspoken, unpredictable and intoxicating, Evelyn is the undisputed leader of the trio. That is, until the beautiful, bold Pamela Cooney arrives from Dublin and changes Glenbruff forever...

Told from Katie's witty, quirky perspective, Frances Macken's debut beautifully captures life in a small town and the power of yearning for something bigger. Filled with unforgettable characters and crackling dialogue, You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here takes a keen-eyed look at the complexities of female friendship, the corrosive power of jealousy and guilt, and the way that life can quietly erode our dreams unless we're willing to fight for them.

 

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. You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here is her debut work of literary fiction. 

Reviews

'This exploration of the seething hinterland of growing up, with its often unspoken passions, unrequited longings and intense jealousies, is melancholy, funny, dark and affecting.'

- Deborah Kay Davies, author of Reasons She Goes to the Woods

'A subtle, powerful debut novel. Quietly packing her emotional punches, never predictable, Macken's prose is clear-eyed yet lyrical, and in Katie, she has created a truly touching (and at times very funny) protagonist... A new voice in fiction to celebrate.'

- Anna Beer, author of Patriot or Traitor

'Frances Macken's You Have To Make Your Own Fun Around Here charts the friendship of three small-town girls from their childhoods through to their early careers, exploring envy and self-belief with consistent, natural humour and spot-on observations.'

- Caoilinn Hughes, author of Orchid & the Wasp

'This exploration of the seething hinterland of growing up, with its often unspoken passions, unrequited longings and intense jealousies, is melancholy, funny, dark and affecting. The moody, somehow violent countryside, the longing for dreams, often nebulous, that must be followed, and the changing allegiances of adolescence are written about with a clear eye. Frances Macken is spot-on in her descriptions of a failing rural town, full of unforgettable characters. Her unflinching look at how we learn to deal with relationships, sexual and platonic, is just right.'

- Deborah Kay Davies, author of Reasons She Goes to the Woods

'A subtle, powerful debut novel. Quietly packing her emotional punches, never predictable, Macken's prose is clear-eyed yet lyrical, and in Katie, she has created a truly touching (and at times very funny) protagonist. Macken's account of Katie's journey to womanhood is at once absolutely of its time and place (Ireland, a generation ago - superbly evoked) and for all time. A character to cherish, and a new voice in fiction to celebrate.'

- Anna Beer, author of Patriot or Traitor