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Louise O'Neill

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Born
in Cork, Ireland
February 24

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Louise O' Neill is from Clonakilty, in west Cork. After graduating with a BA in English Studies at Trinity College Dublin, she went on to complete a post-grad in Fashion Buying at DIT. Having spent a year in New York working for Kate Lanphear, the senior Style Director of ELLE magazine, she returned home to Ireland to write her first novel.
She went from hanging out on set with A-list celebrities to spending most of her days in pyjamas while she writes, and has never been happier.

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“They are all innocent until proven guilty. But not me. I am a liar until I am proven honest.”
Louise O'Neill, Asking For It

“We teach our girls how not to get raped with a sense of doom, a sense that we are fighting a losing battle. When I was writing this novel, friend after friend came to me telling me of something that had happened to them. A hand up their skirt, a boy who wouldn’t take no for an answer, a night where they were too drunk to give consent but they think it was taken from them anyway. We shared these stories with one another and it was as if we were discussing some essential part of being a woman, like period cramps or contraceptives. Every woman or girl who told me these stories had one thing in common: shame. ‘I was drunk . . . I brought him back to my house . . . I fell asleep at that party . . . I froze and I didn’t tell him to stop . . .’ My fault. My fault. My fault. When I asked these women if they had reported what had happened to the police, only one out of twenty women said yes. The others looked at me and said, ‘No. How could I have proved it? Who would have believed me?’ And I didn’t have any answer for that.”
Louise O'Neill, Asking For It

“We are who we are. Sometimes, no matter how much someone might want to, they can’t escape that.”
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Gabrielle Only ever yours is ruining me and I love every moment of it. You're such an incisive writer, it's truly incredible. I got my hands on an industry ARC for asking for it- I also just wanted to thank you for tackling the subject- I relate to that book more than I care to admit (if you catch my oversharing drift) and I think that your novel will really shake things up. The market needs to be a bit more uncomfortable- I love that you're equally refulgent and horrific, I truly admire you. If you ever come to Australia I would love to ramble my thoughts at you. I hope that the release goes well and it is met with the appreciation and understanding that it deserves :)


Lauren Thank you for adding me- I am so excited for 'Only Ever Yours' got my copy a few days ago :)


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