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Head of Zeus
Skin
08 Aug 2019 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781789540932

Self-loathing and ill-at-ease with herself and her place in the world, through her encounters and experiences overseas Natalie metamorphoses into a more confident, assured individual.

Fiction / FA (Fiction)
Extent: 304 pages
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Red Dirt
Also by E.M. Reapy
Skinby E.M. Reapy

Would you travel the world to feel at home in your skin?

Natalie is uncomfortable in herself. Her most recent relationship is long since over, and she is disillusioned with her career as a teacher.

So she packs her bags and goes travelling in hope of finding a place for herself in the world. But her isolation abroad only heightens her sense of unease. Obsessed with how others perceive her, she recoils from relationships and eats – compulsively and self-destructively, to silence the anxious voice in her head that never seems satisfied.

Skin engages powerfully with issues of self and belonging via an incredibly beguiling protagonist – intelligent and self-aware, sharp and acute.

'Engrossing... Unvarnished, wry and almost wincingly clear-eyed, the narrative covers acres of emotional terrain – from comedy, to tragedy, and the churned-up borderlands in between' Daily Mail.

Elizabeth Reapy is an Irish author and tutor. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen's University, Belfast and is currently a Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Writer-In-Residence. Her debut novel, Red Dirt, won a Irish Book Award and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.

Listed for the PEN International: New Voices Award.

MARKET: Sally Rooney; Sara Baume; Eat Pray Love; Michelle Elman.


Engrossing... Unvarnished, wry and almost wincingly clear-eyed, the narrative covers acres of emotional terrain – from comedy, to tragedy, and the churned-up borderlands in between' Daily Mail

'As in her debut, [E.M. Reapy] is excellent on writing foreign locations and cultures' Irish Times

Engrossing... Unvarnished, wry and almost wincingly clear-eyed, the narrative covers acres of emotional terrain – from comedy, to tragedy, and the churned-up borderlands in between' Irish Independent

From the first page, it's obvious that the reader is in good hands... The early chapters of Skin capture vividly the alienation of being adrift in a foreign place, unable to assess situations' Irish Daily Mail

'Reapy touches on an interesting topic – the tyranny of the wellness industry' TLS

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