Poignant, funny memoir of an unconventional family in suburban Dublin, written by Irish Times columnist.
Hilary Fannin is a playwright and columnist. Her plays, including Mackerel Sky, Doldrum Bay, Famished Castle and an adaptation of Racine's Phaedra, have been performed in Ireland, London, Europe and America. She was writer in association at the Abbey Theatre in its centenary year, 2004. She has also written extensively for radio, both for BBC and RT . As a journalist, she wrote the TV review for The Irish Times for almost five years, passing on the baton when her eyes turned square. She now writes an occasionally humorous weekly column for the paper. Hilary lives in Dublin with her husband and two sons, Peter and Jake. Hopscotch is her first full-length prose work.
"Quite brilliant; beautifully, cleverly observed; funny, heart-breaking." -- Roddy Doyle "Brilliantly written and absolutely hilarious. Hilary is an extraordinary writer and Hopscotch is destined to become a classic of the form." -- Donal Ryan "The best book I read last year. A heartbreaking story masterfully written." -- Paul Howard "Hilary Fannin carries the reader deep into the mind of a little girl baffled by the world around in her candid, intoxicating memoir . . . a lucid, crystalline and intoxicating style. Hopscotch tells a private story with candour and exactitude, love and understanding, artfulness and wit." -- Carlo Gebler * Irish Times * "Hopscotch captures the joys, fears and bewilderments of a 1960s Dublin childhood through the wonderful prism of an innocent young girl's puzzled attempts to navigate the muddy waters of her parents' world. It is written with a deft sleight of hand that makes it wonderfully funny and moving." -- Dermot Bolger * Sunday Independent *