Mary Costello on the twinkle in Edna O’Brien’s eye

Mary Costello’s tribute to the author who inspired her: ‘she is in person, like her writing, open and trusting, searingly honest, gleeful, mischievous too’

 Edna O’Brien at home in London: “Edna has always written about men and women, love, and Ireland – Ireland is her matrix, she says. The passion and yearning, the confrontations, the failures of love are her literary landscape. Philip Roth once described her as the most gifted woman writing fiction in English.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Edna O’Brien at home in London: “Edna has always written about men and women, love, and Ireland – Ireland is her matrix, she says. The passion and yearning, the confrontations, the failures of love are her literary landscape. Philip Roth once described her as the most gifted woman writing fiction in English.” Photograph: Frank Miller

 
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