Novelist Sinéad Moriarty: I wanted my kids to understand that some people’s lives are incredibly hard

I grew up in a house that collapsed with books. My father’s pile was mostly history and thrillers, my mother’s was fiction. You just couldn’t live in our house and read. I always say that I feel blessed to have been given the gift of loving books.

Ooks transported me from 1980s Ireland, with its protracted recession, falling living standards, dramatic rise in unemployment and emigration as the best option for young people.

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