'I would like to make things beautiful, but a tawdry and repulsive kind of beauty. A braver sort than people have from birth. Sexy zombies on a bicep. That sort of thing.' Ces longs to be a tattoo artist and embroider skin with beautiful images. But for now she's just trying to reach adulthood without falling apart. Powerful, poetic and disturbing, Needlework is a girl's meditation on her efforts to maintain her bodily and spiritual integrity in the face of abuse, violation and neglect.
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 129 x 198 x 22mm | 216g
- 25 Feb 2016
- Little Island
- Dublin, Ireland
- Black and white illustration - 1
'Reading Needlework is similar to getting your first tattoo - it's searing, often painful, but it is an experience you'll never forget.' - Louise O'Neill, author of Only Ever Yours and Asking For It; 'Sullivan confronts a difficult subject matter head-on, yet with subtlety and grace ... Needlework is a powerful novel that deserves to be read.' - Sarah Crossan, author of The Weight of Water and One; 'Needlework is the sort of book adults worry about teenagers reading, and the sort of book teenagers need to have written for them.' - Claire Hennessy, author, editor and reviewer; 'A modern, broken fairy tale that gets under your skin' - Tara Flynn, author and comedian
About Deirdre Sullivan
Deirdre Sullivan is a writer from Galway now living in Dublin and working as a teacher. She has established a reputation for herself as a leading Irish YA author following her trilogy on the teenage years of Primrose Leary, which has been widely acclaimed (Ireland's much-respected YA critic, Robert Dunbar, says it 'sparkles with authenticity'); two of the Prim books were shortlisted for the CBI awards; and the final one, Primperfect, was also shortlisted for the European Prize for Literature - the only YA novel to be nominated for this award from any European country.