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Negative Space
Cristín Leach

This searingly intimate literary debut from top Irish art critic Cristín Leach weaves words and art with an unravelling of self that comes when a marriage breaks. In a multi-layered and incisive narrative, Leach writes about the gaps between reality and perception, about writing and anxiety, body and brain, breaking and making, succeeding and failing, conventionality and independence.

Negative Space is a memoir about writing and of art as a salve and a means of escape, marriage as a refuge and a trap, the nature of home, and what happens when everything falls apart.

Paperback • €14.95 | £13.99 • 160 pages •  215 mm x 135 mm • 9781785371912

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Praise for Negative Space

‘There are few books that capture so gracefully and so truthfully the way in which art and life weave and bleed together. Negative Space is a beautiful, profound, unique book.’ SARA BAUME

‘I adored Negative Space. It is a personal Ways Of Seeing for twenty-first-century women … Leach beautifully articulates what it is to be a writer, what it is to be heartbroken, what it is to be betrayed and ultimately what it is to be human.’ EDEL COFFEY

‘Press your ear to this book, and you will hear the tumultuous soundscape of a life, in all its joys and sorrows and wonderings.’ DOIREANN NÍ GHRÍOFA

Negative Space is a beautiful book – raw, honest, and vulnerable. Searingly intimate and thought-provoking.’ LOUISE O’NEILL

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About the Author
CRISTÍN LEACH is Ireland’s leading art critic. She is a writer and broadcaster, whose short fiction and personal essays have been published in Winter Papers and on RTÉ Radio 1. She has been art critic for The Sunday Times Ireland since 2003.

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