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Spotlight on ‘The Closet of Savage Mementos’

Spotlight on The Closet of Savage Mementos

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Nuala Ní Chonchúir

‘It’s taken her years to find the courage to write about the romance that led to her becoming a single mother. The result is her finest novel yet…The Closet of Savage Mementos is Ní Chonchúir’s most confident, gripping and marketable work yet…

‘Ní Chonchúir recently pleaded, in vain, with the Bailey’s Women Prize for Fiction to accept Irish-published books. It’s a pity, since Mementos would stand a good chance of being nominated. “I’m still amazed when people say they like the book,” admits Ní Chonchúir. She may save those blushes for the louder praise heading her way.’

The Sunday Times

‘Ní Chonchúir began her writing career as a poet, and the lyrical influence is obvious from the start…It is difficult to write sex well. but Ní Chonchúir manages to strike a delicate balance between passion and poetry…The Closet of Savage Mementos is a book that will appeal to, and deserves, a wide audience.’

Sunday Business Post

‘[An] engaging book…In this most readable novel, Ní Chonchúir explores how our past shapes and informs our present… there are layers here and depths.’

- Irish Independent 

A new novel from Nuala Ní Chonchúir comes with one expectation above all – it will be good, very good…Compelling and deeply accomplished, The Closet of Savage Mementos is the product of a powerful literary talent.

- Cork Evening Echo



Mary O'Donnell's Blog


‘That Ni Chonchuir’s writing is fresh, arresting and different has frequently been remarked on. She belongs to the pitiably small breed of female authors who do not prettify sexuality or physicality, and whose characters are fleshly, sensuous creatures as at ease with the rhythms of their bodies as they are with the rhythms of their minds. That’s one thing. The other thing is that she tells good stories, whether writing short fiction or long.’ - Mary O’Donnell

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Bleach House Library

 ‘Nuala Ní Chonchúir writes with great flair, attention to detail and with melodic prose…This novel is written by a woman, with perfect observations on love, sex and family along with some of the expectations imposed on women.  However, it should not be limited to a specific genre.  It is part contemporary fiction, literary fiction and can also be placed in the bookshops under many guises; Irish Fiction, Female Author, Bookclub Selection.  If I had to choose a table to place it on, in bookshops throughout the country, I would choose Modern Classic.  It deserves the title for the beautiful prose and touching narrative, even if it is a new release.  Well done Nuala Ní Chonchúir. You have written 190 pages of perfection!’

- Margaret Madden

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Eithne Reynolds' Blog

‘A novel you wish you’d written yourself…I found myself taking the novel up and putting it down trying to digest the roller coaster of emotions that it presented, being suddenly jolted from happy to sad within the space of a paragraph…The Closet of Savage Momentos is a compelling and powerful read.’ – Eithne Reynolds

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A Simple Jan - Literary Love Fest

‘Sharp, sensual, witty, and quietly devastating, The Closet of Savage Mementos packs a wallop in just over two hundred pages, with characters who seemed so immediate I had the impression I’d met them rather than just read about them… With not a word wasted, this is a novel well worth reading and rereading.’ – Janet E. Cameron 

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Lisa Reads Books Blog

To say that I loved this book would be a huge understatement. I felt the characters breathe out of the page, the writing is stark, sensual and intense, Nuala is a force to be reckoned with, her writing is poetic, sharp, spare and utterly beautiful.’ – Lisa Redmond

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The Closet of Savage Mementos is available from all good bookshops and online in print & ebook.


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