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Maggie O'Farrell

Maggie O'Farrell is a Northern Irish novelist. Her book The Hand That First Held Mine won the 2010 Costa Novel Award.
Recent episodes featuring Maggie O'Farrell
A Good Read: Tracey Thorn and Maggie O' Farrell talk favourite books
Books and Authors
Harriet Gilbert invites singer Tracy Thorne and writer Maggie O'Farrell to choose a book.
Marginalia: Maggie O'Farrell
Irish author Maggie O’Farrell is best known for her fiction, with a half-dozen novels on her bibliography. But her newest work is non-fiction: a collection of essays about her brushes with death.
Interview with Maggie O'Farrell
Reading Women
Autumn and Kendra chat with Maggie O'Farrell about her first work of nonfiction, her memoir I Am, I Am, I Am. O'Farrell talks about why she wanted to write a memoir after seven novels and about her own relationship with mortality, which inspired her to share the stories her seventeen brushes with death. Author Bio Maggie O'Farrell is the author of seven novels, After You'd Gone, My Lover's Lover, The Distance Between Us, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, The Hand That First Half Mine, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, Instruction for a Heatwave, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award, This Must Be the Place and I Am, I Am, I Am. She lives in Edinburgh. Buy the Book Website | Facebook   Check out our Patreon page to learn more about our book club and other Patreon-exclusive goodies. A special thanks to our patrons Carley T. and Stephanie W.  And be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for more new books and extra book reviews!   CONTACT Questions? Comments? Email us SOCIAL MEDIA Reading Women Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website   Music “Reading Women” Composed and Recorded by Isaac and Sarah GreeneLearn more about your ad choices. Visit
Best Of: 17 Brushes With Death / Jordan Klepper Of 'The Opposition'
Fresh Air
Maggie O'Farrell has survived some terrifying episodes. Her new memoir, 'I Am, I Am, I Am,' details 17 near-death experiences, and what she's learned from them. Also, to mark Black History Month, Penguin Press is reprinting six books from the Harlem Renaissance. Maureen Corrigan has an appreciation. Comic Jordan Klepper got his big break as a comedian when he was hired to be a correspondent on 'The Daily Show' with Jon Stewart. Now he hosts his own show on Comedy Central called 'The Opposition.' Klepper spoke with Terry Gross about how he modeled his character after right-wing conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones.
Writer Reflects On 'Seventeen Brushes With Death'
Fresh Air
Maggie O'Farrell has survived some terrifying episodes. She's had a machete pressed to her throat during a robbery, once contracted amoebic dysentery while traveling, and nearly bled out while giving birth. Her new memoir 'I Am, I Am, I Am,' details 17 near-death experiences, and what she's learned from them. Also, critic John Powers reviews the thriller novel 'This is What Happened,' and the German TV series 'Babylon Berlin' on Netflix.
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2 hours, 55 minutes