This darkly funny book is very insightful about family dynamics and how small choices can leave us far from where we meant to be
Ruane brings an earthy immediacy to bear on her exploration of the long-simmering tensions that warp the middle-class Lewis family . . . a tale told with passion and honesty
Stunningly written debut . . . The real subject of this enjoyably disturbing book is being a hormonal school-leaver in a dead-end town who feels all the real action is elsewhere
Mind-blowingly masterful with words . . . This Is Yesterday jangled my insides around completely. Rose Ruane is truly something else
'This Is Yesterday is a song for the outsiders, a hymn to the suburban misfits. Here the tensions and oddness of lower-middle class family life are explored in poetic detail. Inhabited by weak men and strong women, it is shot through with rumination and echoes with regret, yet offers a voice of hope for those who boldly follow their own creative path from adolescence to middle age'
Sex and desire are complicated, and Ruane captures the how and why of that perfectly . . . Ruane's Peach is someone you'll want to shake and cuddle, sometimes simultaneously, for This is Yesterday conveys the messiness of real life - as well as its poignancy