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The Effect of Her

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Mags Perry, a journalist, flees her marriage in England to create a new life in what she hopes is a different Ireland.

Francis Strong, a teenager obsessed with literature, leaves his family for the dizzying freedoms of the capital.

CJ, a disgraced politician in search of a way back to power, meets a woman who may change the direction of his life.

In his breathtaking new novel
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Old Street Publishing
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Jun 29, 2014 Allan rated it it was amazing
I read and loved this novel last year, but decided to reread it directly after finishing a reread of its predecessor, 'Unspoken', to help freshly contextualise some of the fictional characters that it took me a while to remember on first read.

Where Unspoken followed the main twin threads of family life with the Strongs in 1960s Limerick and the political career of Donagh O'Malley, the minister who introduced free secondary education to ROI during the same decade, The Effect of Her carries on the
I loved reading about the 1970's in Ireland, a time when seismic shifts occurred in Irish society, primarily related to the status of women and the beginnings in changes in possibilities in the realms of sexuality. I was very familiar with the Late Late Show episode that centered on the women's movement and the "contraceptives train" episode. But much of the thread that revolved around politicians was lost on me. Though I am familiar with Garret Fitzgerald, it wasn't easy to follow the ins and ...more
In the first book of this series, “Unspoken”, Stembridge traced the social history of 1960s Ireland. Returning to the Strong and Liston households, he continues their story with the 1970s “The effect of her”. Tracing the abortion debate, the impact of free secondary education and evolving family groups, Stembridge follows Francis and Marian, Matthew, Susan and Simon through their school years and into their forays into college life.

Simultaneously, national political landmarks such as the Arms Tr
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I'm sorry but this is the most difficult book to read, ever. Partially because of its Irish politics that I don't really understand much of to begin with, and the plot that puts me to sleep every time I picked the book up to read. Sure, I had to go online and do some basic research about the restrictions on women during the 1970s in Ireland and I finally understood what the whole book is about, but there were still the technical Irish jargon that made my brains go 'bzzt bzzt'.

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Gerard "Gerry" Stembridge is an Irish writer, director and actor. He was educated at CBS Sexton Street in Limerick. While attending University College Dublin, he was auditor of the Literary and Historical Society. He taught English and drama at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Clontarf.
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