Anakana Schofield

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Anakana Schofield won the First Novel Award and the Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction in 2013 for her debut novel Malarky. Malarky was also nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and named on many Best Book of the Year lists for 2012 and 2013. Martin John, her critically acclaimed second novel, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Schofield contributes criticism and essays to the London Review of Books BlogThe GuardianThe Irish TimesThe Globe and Mail and more.

 Praise for Anakana Schofield

  • ‘Possessed of a biting, acerbic voice, influenced by Beckett, Joyce, and O’Casey, Schofield offers a sardonic, funny, and stylistically innovative breath of fresh air to a literature that too often feels starved of oxygen.’ Quill and Quire
  • ‘Anakana Schofield is part of a new wave of wonderful Irish fiction – international in scope and electrically alive.’ Colum McCann
  • ‘One of the liveliest writers we’ve encountered’ Literary Hub
  • ‘A fine first novel.’  Margaret Atwood (for Malarky)
  • ‘A word of warning regarding this one of a kind tale of a woman’s endeavours to accept the realities of her life on their own terms- mid-guffaw you may find that you’ve taken it all most intensely to heart. I read Malarky over a year ago and Our Woman is still with me, so the process is probably irreversible.’  Helen Oyeyemi, author of Mr Fox
  • ‘A caustic, funny, and moving fantasia of an Irish mammy going round the bend.’  Emma Donoghue, author of Room (for Malarky)

More Information

  • Read more about Martin John.
  • Anakana Schofield writes hilariously for the LRB blog about applying for jobs, here.
  • Read a CBC Q&A with Anakana Schofield here.
  • Anakana Schofield’s debut novel Malarky won the First Novel Award and the Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction in 2013.


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