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Karen Walshe


Where in Dublin do you live?
Dolphins Barn
Where are you from?

What are you reading right now?

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo.

Tell us a bit about it:

Compelling, funny, sad & tender stories of 12 British women connected through experiences and friendships as they grow up and live out their lives as black women in a modern Britain.

What is your favourite book of all time?

The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O'Brien.

Tell us a bit about it:

I began this book not knowing if I would connect with it as it was written in the 1960s Ireland and Britain. But to my joy, it was as relevant today as it was 60 years ago. It was a stark insight into the lives of women in Ireland in that time, not so long ago yet what feels like centuries, these women fought the expectations forced upon 'girls' of every era to become the brave new women who've influenced us today.

Knowing how Edna was treated (the books banned by the church) it became a side thread in my mind as I read the on through the trilogy, which made the author all the more courageous and the story all the more exciting. The three books in one felt like a seamless journey through the lives of the two young girls from rural Ireland, Kate and Baba, who leave a backward town to reach for the stars in London. At the time it was taboo-breaking, so it's interesting to reflect on how far we've come as a nation in six decades.

Which of your books is battered from using over and over again?

Raising Boys / Raising Girls by Steve Biddulph.

Tell us a bit about it:

With two young kids I find these books great to pick up at different milestones. It's a insight into why kids need certain things from life and us as specific times in their lives.

What is your favourite book by an International writer?

Purple Hibiscus // Half A Yellow Sun // Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Tell us a bit about it:

I adored these books. Each look at different experiences of her Nigerian characters either living in Nigeria or abroad by telling her tales, challenging the ways we view Africa and the world as a whole.


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