This Happy by Niamh Campbell: The end of the affair

Book review: An affair continues to haunt in Niamh Campbell’s intricate, deftly written debut

Author Niamh Campbell: The quality of her  writing in This Happy is top notch.

Author Niamh Campbell: The quality of her writing in This Happy is top notch.

“Life does not have a narrative. This is only a way of choosing to see and usually for sinister purposes. To explain oneself and give substance to the greater dangerous lie of consensus and common sense.”

Sinister or not, the purpose of Niamh Campbell’s sharply written debut novel is to relate the experiences of one woman and what she has learned in her 30-odd years on this planet. The answer is a surprising amount of wisdom on human behaviour and relationships, the details of which Campbell gracefully unpacks.

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