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Academy Street

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* Widespread review coverage in major newspapers across Australia and New Zealand such as the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian and NZ Herald * Widespread review coverage in literary and general publications such as Kill Your Darlings, The Monthly and NZ Listener * Widespread review coverage on online blogs such as Literary Minded and Liticism * Review coverage in specialist Irish media, including newspapers such as the Irish Echo * Select radio interviews on ABC national radio * Author to tour and appear at major literary festivals in 2015 * Chapter sample available for sell-in * Bound proofs available to the trade * Advertisements in literary and current affairs publications such as ABR and the Monthly, and on their associated websites * Banner advertising on bookseller websites * Social media campaign including dedicated Twitter and Facebook competitions * Book club notes available for download at

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'With extraordinary devotion, Mary Costello brings to life a woman who would otherwise have faded into oblivion amid the legions of the meek and the unobtrusive.' -- J.M. Coetzee 'I read Academy Street cover to cover in one night, unable to stop. It is a short novel about a long life, stretching from rural Ireland to post-9/11 New York, and brings to mind the elegance of Colm Toibin and the insight of Alice Munro. Its stealthy, quiet power will exert a hold over any reader.' -- Maggie O'Farrell 'Intensely moving but never sentimental, Academy Street is a profound meditation on what Faulkner called "the human heart in conflict with itself." In Tess Lohan, Mary Costello has created one of the most fully realized characters in contemporary fiction. What a marvel of a book.' -- Ron Rash 'To recount a life story in a novel is a difficult task. To do so with brevity and unsentimental honesty takes greatness. A powerful and emotional novel from one of literature's finest new voices.' -- John Boyne 'This lightly handled sadness is typical of Costello...she has hammered her writing-deceptively simple, tonally flat-into a dark, strong book. To call it restrained is to understate both the turbulence buried within the novel and the control with which it's conveyed.' Australian 'Academy Street covers a great deal of time-nearly a lifetime, in fact-but is never overwhelmed by its scope. Half the fun is seeing what Costello will choose to focus on and what she'll choose to elide...the handling of time is fluid and cumulatively devastating.' Weekend Australian 'In fewer than 200 pages, [Costello] takes us through six decades of a woman's life, profoundly and satisfyingly. The opening chapters, with a child's-eye perspective of loss, are especially acute. Academy Street is an elegant and insightful piece of writing.' Herald on Sunday 'Skilled, observant, and empathetic, Mary Costello chronicles the specific and telling details of everyday lives in pivotal circumstances, and captures human yearning at its most instructive and affecting.' Irish Times 'Costello imbues lyricism into each sentence of her carefully constructed prose.' Observer

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