Anakana Schofield – Author of Martin John and Malarky

The Reviews

G-Scene Gay Magazine (from the heart of Brighton and Cove!)

"A treat to read something so well crafted and ‘our women’s’ forlorn but flamboyant voice has stayed with me long after I finished the book."

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The Metro Herald (Dublin & London)

"..told with such chuckle-inducing black humour and deep-seated intelligence it's akin to being button-holed by a fascinating, blithely imprudent stranger."

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The Daily Telegraph (UK)

There is something heroic about the desperate resilience of Our Woman, and the originality of her depiction by Schofield, that leaves an indelible trace on the reader’s mind.

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Hot Press review, Anne Sexton

Malarky is written in gorgeous technicolour prose and is in turns laugh out loud funny and deeply moving. Highly recommended.

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The Dalkey Archive Press

With great aplomb and shite-smeared wellies, Malarky stomps squarely into the territory of Flann O'Brien, Samuel Beckett, Roddy Doyle, and Martin McDonagh.

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The Montreal Gazette

Schofield starts at a pitch of inspiration most novels are lucky to reach at any point and remarkably sustains that level all the way through

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San Francisco Chronicle

"Malarky" becomes truly compelling when Our Woman embodies an existential strangeness. In certain moments, we are not so far from Beckett's Molloy...

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Quill and Quire

Schofield’s formal experimentation is in perfect tandem with her thematic content.

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The National Post

"A delightfully offbeat debut novel ... Schofield shows a deft — and altogether welcome — comic touch."

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Slightly Bookist

It’s a glorious, breathless romp through the mind of an immensely likeable woman.

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The Toronto Star

"What I love about Malarky is the absolutely beautiful, almost lyrical, but very simple turns of phrase Schofield employs."

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The Rover

This is a brilliant book. Finely drawn, deceptively muscular, and pulsing with warm intelligence and wit.

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The Georgia Straight

"Malarky...stands head and shoulders above many of its peers"

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The Quarterly Conversation

Malarky is nothing if not a very difficult, albeit remarkable, little “brain” and to read it is to separate it with fingers.

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The Irish Voice

This is the most distinctive novel of its kind I’ve read in a decade.

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Kassie Rose, NPR

Schofield’s brilliant storytelling in Malarky is among the most engaging I’ve ever encountered

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The Winnipeg Free Press

Malarky is an alternately beautiful, brilliant, profound, poignant and comedic work of literary fiction.

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Pickle Me This

Malarky is like nothing else, and what everything should be … This is a book that will leave you demanding more of everything else you read.

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