The Lesser Bohemians

A Novel

by Eimear McBride

Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction
Shortlisted for the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize
Shortlisted for the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Eason Novel of the Year

The breathtaking new novel from Eimear McBride, about an extraordinary, all-consuming love affair


Eimear McBride’s debut novel A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING was published in 2013 to an avalanche of praise: nominated for a host of literary awards, winner of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction and the inaugural Goldsmith’s Prize, declared by Vanity Fair to be "One of the most groundbreaking pieces of literature to come from Ireland, or anywhere, in recent years," McBride’s bold, wholly original prose immediately established her as a literary force. Now, she brings her singular voice to an unlikely love story.
 
One night an eighteen-year-old Irish girl, recently arrived in London to attend drama school, meets an older man – a well-regarded actor in his own right. While she is naive and thrilled by life in the big city, he is haunted by more than a few demons, and the clamorous relationship that ensues risks undoing them both.
 
A captivating story of passion and innocence, joy and discovery set against the vibrant atmosphere of 1990s London over the course of a single year, THE LESSER BOHEMIANS glows with the eddies and anxieties of growing up, and the transformative intensity of a powerful new love.


Recent Reviews

A bit hard for me to read!

Sydney Swinger

1 Star

As interesting as the story seemed and as much as I wanted to read this book, I honestly could not get through it! I'm sure the book is wonderful, but McBride's style of writing was just not for me! It honestly gave me a headache trying to…

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A bit hard for me to read!

Sydney Swinger

1 Star

As interesting as the story seemed and as much as I wanted to read this book, I honestly could not get through it! I'm sure the book is wonderful, but McBride's style of writing was just not for me! It honestly gave me a headache trying to…

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The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride

Nirmala Chandrasiri

1 Star

I read Eimear McBride's debut novel, A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing in 2015, and loathed her prose! It was torturous to read half-formed sentences, but McBride won the Baileys Women's Prize for it, so I was not ready to give up on her yet.…

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Rave reviews but not my style of writing

Anna W.

1 Star

While this book is pulling in rave reviews from places like NPR, I could not handle the style of writing. It is written without style cues, like quotation marks of even paragraphs (for the most part), which makes it especially hard on the…

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Review: The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride

Dorothy Weigand

1 Star

I tried. I really really tried. I made it as far as page ten and gave up. I don't know what exactly was going…

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