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Little Brown
09 June 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
I have taken apart every panel of this, like an ornamental fan. But we stayed in the cottage for three weeks only, just three weeks, because it was cut short you see - cut short after just three weeks, when I'd left my entire life behind.

When Alannah was twenty-three, she met a man who was older than her - a married man - and fell in love. Things happened suddenly. They met in April, in the first bit of mild weather; and in August, they went to stay in rural Ireland, overseen by the cottage's landlady.

Six years later, when Alannah is newly married to another man, she sees the landlady from afar. Memories of those days spent in bliss, then torture, return to her. And the realisation that she has been waiting - all this time - to be rediscovered.
By:   Niamh Campbell
Read by:   Diedre O'Connell
Imprint:   Little Brown
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Unabridged edition
Dimensions:   Height: 214mm,  Width: 134mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   320g
ISBN:   9781474611671
ISBN 10:   1474611672
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   09 June 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Niamh Campbell holds a PhD in English literature from King's College London and works as a postdoctoral fellow for the Irish Research Council at Maynooth University. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The Dublin Review, 3:AM Magazine, The Penny Dreadful, Banshee, gorse, and the collection Autonomy (New Binary Press, 2018), published in aid of the campaign to repeal the eighth amendment in Ireland. She was awarded a 'Next Generation' literary bursary by the Arts Council of Ireland in 2016, and an annual literary bursary in 2018. She is based in Dublin.

Reviews for This Happy

Campbell writes romantic ambivalence and sexual risk with a sharpness that begs belief. Reading this razorblade of a debut I often laughed out loud-more often still shivered with recognition. A hot, ripe portrait of the recent shifts in Ireland and what it means to be a woman inside it. - Sue Rainsford, author of FOLLOW ME TO GROUND This is an exquisite thing. A book beautiful with real, lived-in feelings and blustery living weather. It's profoundly atmospheric, and a brilliant treatise on memory, the fleeting movement of time and the fluid dynamics of romantic relationships. It feels at once forensic and yet deeply passionate, detached and yet profoundly moving. It's wry as fuck. It provokes the awed re-reading of sentences and paragraphs, over and over. - Danny Denton, author of THE EARLIE KING AND THE KID IN YELLOW Beautiful, strange and wholly new, Niamh Campbell's novel is the real deal. - Elanor Dymott, author of EVERY CONTACT LEAVES A TRACE


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