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Leaving home was hard. Returning is impossible.

Fiadh’s life is turned completely upside down on a night out in Belfast. Pretty soon everyone has heard about what happened; it is impossible to keep the rumours from spreading, the gossip from spiralling out of control. And just as she was beginning to finally figure everything out: she was feeling positive about her move to Liverpool, she was starting to get on top of her uni work and had made some new friends. Now her life is in freefall and Fiadh is helpless to do anything about it.

She starts missing assignment deadlines, stops turning up to class and doesn’t respond to any of her friends’ messages. Her nights revolve around random hook ups, fuelled by drink and drugs. Without the tightknit group of friends she left behind at home or the support of the new friends she has made in Liverpool, Fiadh’s life quickly descends into chaos, a chaos that nearly costs her everything.


Lucy Caldwell
A taut, accomplished and affecting addition to the recent body of Belfast novels about the disaffected young, and the complicated tug that a place can have on you
Jan Carson
Skilfully interrogates what it means to have a complex relationship with home, paints a stunningly realistic portrait of the awkward years between childhood and adult existence and is, above all, a cracking read
Alice Slater
An explosive debut . . . about the joys, sorrows and complexities of female friendship, and what it is to both leave home and to return changed
EM Reapy
An assured, unsentimental portrayal of youth . . . A compelling debut
Darran Anderson
An eruption of a book by a phenomenal writer
Colin Barrett
A passionate, authoritative novel that maps with scrupulous detail the intensities and treacheroushly shifting allegiances of its cast
Colin Walsh
Visceral and compelling, Exile is an unflinching novel whose clear-eyed compassion burns brightly even in its darkest moments