Caitriona Lally

A whimsical novel about one woman's journey of self-discovery in Dublin.
Date Published :
September 2015
Publisher :
Liberties Press
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781909718999
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 8.5 X 5.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Vivian doesn't feel like she fits in-never has. She lives alone in a house in North Dublin that her great-aunt left her. She has no friends, no job and few social skills. She knows she is different. Before they died, her parents used to tell her she was a 'changeling' who belonged to another world. Each day, she walks the streets of Dublin, looking for a way to get there, but she never finds one. After all, Dublin has a certain charm, but no actual magic. Instead of a way out, will Vivian find a way to feel like she belongs here in this world? Rooted in Dublin's Northside, Eggshells is a whimsical, touching story about loneliness, friendship and hope.

'Delightfully quirky... Vivian's voice alone is enough to keep us reading, charmed by her unique brand of manic, word-hoarding wit.'- Irish Independent.

'A wonderful debut, funny and touching, with skillful wordplay at work.'- Irish Examiner.

'Highly original, Lally has a unique voice as a writer.'- Sunday Independent.

'A fairy tale of contemporary Dublin. Edgy and eloquent, a remarkable debut.'- Declan Kiberd.

'The book's style calls to mind The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Engaging and humorous. The perfect gift to send to expats of Dublin.' -Dublin Inquirer.

'Eggshells expresses a Joycean sense of the ordinary. A brilliantly realized first-person narrative... a memorable debut.'- Totally Dublin.

About The Author

Caitriona Lally studied English Literature in Trinity College Dublin. She has had a colourful employment history, working as an abstract writer and a copywriter alongside working as a home help in New York and an English teacher in Japan. She has travelled extensively around Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. Her essay about Grangegorman appeared in a recent issue of We Are Dublin. Eggshells was selected as one of 12 finalists in the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair 2014.


"Lally's novel doesn't reimagine Dublin, as some critics have asserted, but rather views it differently, reading the geographical marginalia while others, less adventurous, are content traversing the main text. I'm looking forward to Lally's next."

- Wormwoodiana

"A gorgeous and highly original debut, shifting and weaving around the idea of fairy changelings... I only hope that Lally's next novel is as marvellously weird and offbeat as this one."

- Strange New Horizons

"I loved this book – its humour and quirkiness and pathos and the way it carried me along. It is right at the top of the pile in my favourite books this year."

- The TBR Pile

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