Emmet and Me


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Emmet and Me

By Sara Gethin

“Tender and deeply affecting.” Jon Gower, author, documentary maker, and Hay Festival International Fellow

Fiction, Forthcoming Titles, Historical fiction, Novels


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From the Not the Booker shortlisted author of Not Thomas

Summer 1966: When her father comes home with lipstick on his collar, ten-year-old Claire’s life is turned upside down. Her furious mother leaves the family and heads to London, and Claire and her brothers are packed off to Ireland, to their reclusive grandmother at her tiny cottage on the beautifully bleak coast of Connemara.

A misfit among her new classmates, Claire finds it hard to make friends until she happens across a boy her own age from the school next door. He lives at the local orphanage, a notoriously harsh place. Amidst half-truths, lies and haunting family secrets, Claire forms a forbidden friendship with Emmet ‒ a bond that will change both their lives forever.


“deeply affecting and haunting.”
Marie Gameson author of The Giddy Career of Mr Gadd (Deceased) (Salt)

"beautiful, perfectly set in time and place. A story of friendship, loyalty and trust. "
Sandy Taylor, author of The Orphan's Daughter

"Sara Gethin has written something very special, very powerful... 'Emmet and Me' is a remarkable tale, a captivating novel that will leave its mark on every reader."
Mairéad Hearne of Swirl and Thread book blog

"The unspeakable cruelty of the Irish Industrial Schools and their devastating effect on children and families is laid bare in this profoundly moving, evocative story of a special friendship told through the eyes of a ten-year-old narrator. I loved it."
Laura Wilkinson author of Skin Deep

ISBN: 9781912905331
Language: English
Categories: Fiction, Forthcoming Titles, Historical fiction, Novels
First Published by Honno: 20th May 2021

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