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Edna O'Brien

Down by the River

Hay Festival 1997, 
The Irish author reads from and discusses her contorversial novel Down by the River with Nick McDowell. The book deals with fundamentalist beliefs about sexuality, abortion and faith in a stark process of one country girl's rite of passage from childhood to womanhood, from abuse and terror into wisdom. "An angry, violent, yet startlingly beautiful book.. Edna O'Brien's imagination inflames the world" - Independent on Sunday