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Liz Nugent
Our Little Cruelties

19.08., godz. 17:00 - 18:00


Liz was born in Dublin in 1967. Her first novel Unravelling Oliver was published to critical and popular acclaim in Ireland in March 2014. It quickly became a firm favourite with book clubs and reader’s groups. In November of that year, it went on to win the Crime Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards and was long listed for the International Dublin Literature Prize 2016. She was also the winner of the inaugural Jack Harte Bursary provided by the Irish Writers Centre and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Dec 2014.

Her second novel, Lying in Wait, was released in July 2016. It went straight to number 1 in the Irish Bestseller lists, remaining there for nine weeks and spent eight months in the top ten.

In September 2016, Liz was awarded the Ireland Funds Monaco bursary and went to Monaco for a month to write in the Princess Grace Irish library.

In November 2016, Lying in Wait won the RTE Ryan Tubridy Show Listener’s Choice Award at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards. The book was also shortlisted in the Crime Fiction category. It has been long listed for the Dublin International Literary Award 2018.Lying in Wait was chosen as part of the Spring 2017 list for the very prestigious Richard & Judy Book Club in the UK. In April 2017, Lying in Wait was the winner of the Reader’s Choice Award of the Richard & Judy Spring List.

Her third novel, Skin Deep was published by Penguin books in the UK and Ireland in Spring 2018. In November that year, it won two awards: Crime Novel of the Year, and RTE Radio Listener’s Choice Award at the Irish Book Awards. It subsequently won a Dead Good Award for The Book You Can’t Put Down at Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate, Yorkshire in July 2019.

In March 2020, just as the country went into lockdown after the pandemic of Covid 19 hit Ireland, Our Little Cruelties was published in Ireland. Nevertheless, it retained the number one spot for 12 weeks and remained in the top ten for five months. 

It was published in the UK in paperback in January 2021, and was published in the USA and Canada under the title Little Cruelties in November 2020. The New York Times named Little Cruelties as one of just seven ‘MOST RECOMMENDED THRILLERS OF 2020’. 

In February 2021 Liz was honoured to accept the James Joyce Medal from the L&H Society of University College Dublin. Previous recipients include Bill Clinton, Seamus Heaney, JK Rowling and Sue Townsend.

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