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  • Emilie Pine is one of the most important new voices in Irish Literature. Everything she writes is imbued with wisdom

    David Park
  • Emilie Pine writes about the big things and the little things: friendship, love, fertility, grief; waking, showering, catching the bus. She did so in her startling collection of essays Notes to Self, and she does it again in this, her equally startling debut novel Ruth & Pen

    Chloë Ashby, The Spectator
  • Mesmerising

    Good Housekeeping
  • A poignant, raw exploration of the courage needed to find your space in the world

  • Impressive... Pine explores with great acuity and tenderness the restorative, capacious nature of love. A wise and lovely book

    Daily Mail
  • As surprising and playful as it is ambitious and relevant... The entire narrative is composed of insights into how people think and act, their communication difficulties and genuine connections

    Irish Independent
  • Pristine prose... Pine makes her chapters playful, writing with a friendly curiousness that brings to mind Ali Smith

  • [A] warm and deeply felt novel... joy is a vital ingredient in Ruth & Pen

    The Observer
  • [Ruth & Pen] finds heartbreaking beauty in our everyday lives... There is a real tenderness in the way in which Pine writes

    The Irish Times
  • Emilie Pine's debut novel is ambitious, poignant and playful, with a feminist nod to is as surprising and playful as it is ambitious and relevant

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