Almost There | Paperback | By Nuala O'faolain

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  • Almost There
  • Pages: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Nuala O'Faolain
  • Publisher: New Island
  • Publication date: 26 August 2022
  • Category: Biography
  • Size: 19.8 x 12.9cm
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Almost There by Nuala O'Faolain


Nuala O'Faolain's first memoir Are You Somebody? became a literary sensation and an international bestseller when it was first published by New Island Books in 1996. It launched a new life for its author, at a time when she had long since let go of expectations that anything new could dislodge patterns of regret and solitude.

A pioneering work of literary memoir, Almost There opens at that moment when O'Faolain's life began to change. It tells the story of a life in subtle, radical, and unforeseen renewal. It is a tale of good fortune chasing out bad - of an accidental harvest of happiness. But it is also a provocative examination of one woman's experience of the 'crucible of middle age' - a time of life that faces in two directions, that forges the shape of the years to come, and also clarifies and solidifies one's relationships to friends and lovers, family and self.

Nuala O'Faolain's final memoir, Almost There chronicles the pursuit of artistic and personal integrity, and what it is to be a woman in contemporary society, with the signature style and raw candidness of her personal writing.


'She handles her material with such particularity of perception ... it’s irresistible.' The Guardian

‘In this magnificent memoir, O’Faolain draws the obdurate outline of the self that remains after the tide of love goes out, filling that empty space with a ferociously honest and utterly compelling account of her ruptured past and tentative present. Raw, shrewd, heart-breaking, and all the more poignant for her keenly felt absence.’ Hilary Fannin

‘Nuala O’Faolain is one of the most important, erudite voices in Irish literature. Her second memoir, Almost There, is a beautiful and truthful map of a terrain only she could chart. This book does not shy away from pain, even as its author seeks – and finds – joy in art, in life, in human connection. I love every page of it.' Emilie Pine

About the Author

Nuala O’Faolain (1940–2008) was one of Ireland’s best-loved journalists and writers. She came to international attention and received critical acclaim for her two volumes of memoir, Are you Somebody? (1996) and Almost There (2003). She also wrote the novel, My Dream of You (2001), and a history with commentary, The Story of Chicago May(2005). Her first three books were all New York Times Bestsellers.


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