Maggie O'Farrell

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Maggie O'Farrell (born 1972, Coleraine Northern Ireland) is a British author of contemporary fiction, who features in Waterstones' 25 Authors for the Future. It is possible to identify several common themes in her novels - the relationship between sisters is one, another is loss and the psychological impact of those losses on the lives of her characters. ...more

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Maggie O'Farrell I've visited all the places in the book: I would never be able to write about somewhere I hadn't been. It would feel very wrong to reconstruct a place…moreI've visited all the places in the book: I would never be able to write about somewhere I hadn't been. It would feel very wrong to reconstruct a place from research or maps. I used to go on holiday to Donegal, where the novel starts, when I was a child. I went to the Bolivian salt desert, the Salar di Uyuni, in my late twenties: it was such an astonishing, unlikely place that I knew I would write about it at some point.(less)
Maggie O'Farrell You never know what's ahead of you. That's part of the joy of writing. …moreYou never know what's ahead of you. That's part of the joy of writing. (less)
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“What are you supposed to do with all the love you have for somebody if that person is no longer there? What happens to all that leftover love? Do you suppress it? Do you ignore it? Are you supposed to give it to someone else?”
Maggie O'Farrell, After You'd Gone

“We are all, Esme decides, just vessels through which identities pass: we are lent features, gestures, habits, then we hand them on. Nothing is our own. We begin in the world as anagrams of our antecedents.”
Maggie O'Farrell, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

“We are, all of us, wandering about in a state of oblivion, borrowing our time, seizing our days, escaping our fates, slipping through loopholes, unaware of when the axe may fall.”
Maggie O'Farrell, I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death

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