Anakana Schofield – Author of Martin John and Malarky




New York Times review Martin John “serious literary gumption…”

New Yorker review “Frenetic, risking-taking novel…Deliberately cryptic and bleakly funny”

Martin John receives Editors’ Choice in New York Times

The Guardian (UK) hails Martin John “Funny, distressing and complicated”

“Schofield writes without judgment, making her new novel an exceptional, albeit uncomfortable, reading into the mind of a paranoid, compulsive sex offender.”

5 stars from the UK Sunday Telegraph for Martin John!

The Irish Times “..a comic tour de force sustained by theatrical energy as well as linguistic and tonal cohesion…No one will want this novel to end.”

The fabulous weirdness of Martin John – a novel composed by its protagonist, Kirsty Gunn reviews Martin John in The New Statesman

Irish Times interview October 2016

Best Books of 2015

Martin John selected as No. 3 on the National Post 99 Best Books of the Year, No. 1 Fiction Pick in Toronto Star’s Top 5 Fiction of 2015, the Globe & Mail’s “Globe 100“, Wall Street Journal‘s Year’s Best Fiction  it’s included twice (!) on the Vancouver Sun’s Top 20 Books of the Year, Quill & Quire’s 2015: Books of the Year, CBC Books Best Books of 2015, Toronto’s NOW Magazine’s Top 10 Books of 2015, Large Hearted Boy’s Favourite Fiction of 2015, Edmonton Journal’s 5 Most Memorable Reads of 2015 & more.


“The novel all your favourite novelists will be reading.”
The Globe and Mail

“The 20 books you’ll be reading – and talking about – for the rest of the year”

Prize fighter: Writer Anakana Schofield’s incredible rise – Globe and Mail profile by Marsha Lederman

Read an exclusive extract here
The Globe and Mail

Read Reviews of Martin John

“This is an important and brilliantly unconventional work, offering a glimpse into a mind few can ever, or would ever want to, fully understand.” Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Radio interview with Shelagh Rogers on The Next Chapter listen here

National Post profile/interview

The Body Problematic: A Conversation Between Lidia Yuknavitch and Anakana Schofield (Electric Lit)

Photos from 2015 Giller Prize Gala

Book Tour details North America and Europe 


Winner of the 2012 First Novel Award

Winner or the 2013 Debut-Litzer Prize For Fiction

Nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

A Barnes and Noble Summer 2012 Discover Great New Writers Pick

CBC Books 10 Canadian Writers to Watch: 2012

Named on 16 Best Books of 2012 lists

Malarky Reviews

“Malarky is a terrific read, a brilliant collision of heartbreak and hilarity written in a voice that somehow seems both feral and perfectly controlled. Anakana Schofield’s Our Woman takes a cool nod at Joyce, then goes her own way in one of the most moving and lyrical debut novels I’ve read.”—Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins

“A caustic, funny and moving fantasia of an Irish mammy going round the bend.” — Emma Donoghue, author of ROOM

“Anakana Schofield is part of a new wave of wonderful Irish fiction—international in scope and electrically alive.”—Colum McCann, author of Transatlantic

“Good writing and dark wit always excite me and they come together thrillingly in this book. It has a quiet grip on the strangeness of the interior and exterior worlds of love and politics. I delighted in the writing and the scope.”—Jenny Diski, author of What I Don’t Know About Animals.

“Clever, witty, imaginative and intriguing, Malarky is a stunning debut from an exceptionally good writer.” The Irish Times

“We become comfortable saying that there’s nothing new, and then something like Malarky comes along, which is new and old and different and familiar, but ultimately itself, comfortable in its own skin, wise and smart and crazy-sexy or maybe sexy-crazy—well, you just have to read it to understand. It’s a novel that sets its own course, sure and steady, even when it seems like it might be about to go over the edge of the world.”—Laura Lippman, author of When She Was Good

“This is the story of Anakana Schofield’s teapot-wielding ‘Our Woman’: fretful mother, disgruntled farmwife, and—surprisingly late in life—sexual outlaw/anthropologist. Everything about this primly raunchy, uproarious novel is unexpected—each draught poured from the teapot marks another moment of pure literary audacity.” —Lynn Coady, author of The Antagonist.

Malarky spins and glitters like a coin flipped in the air—now searingly tragic, now blackly funny. The language is joyful and exuberant, the characters thoughtful and deeply felt. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.”—Annabel Lyon, author of The Golden Mean.

“Anyone bold enough to name her book after a word so loaded deserves our attention. In Malarky Schofield pulls her long line tight—and lets go when we least expect it.”—Michael Turner, author of Hard Core Logo

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