BRIGITTE DOWNEY
- award winning novelist -


It's the hot Irish Summer of 1981. Nellie (14) falls in love with Danny (15). Her Grandad falls for a visiting Brit. One of these love affairs is doomed.
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‘Nellie’ was awarded ‘Top Choice for 1985 Fiction’ by Booklist, the American Library Association. Another 22 books were also listed in this Top Choice category and included such famous authors as Alistair MacLean, Chaim Potok (‘The Chosen’) and Bobbie Anne Mason (‘In Country’)

REVIEWS - NELLIE

NEW YORK, NY IRISH ECHO
"We need to read more novels like this one. They remind us how much fun it is to laugh." (William Dieter)

"Author Downey tells her tale of star-crossed lovers with a great deal of humour and compassion. ..... This is a light-hearted novel that will be enjoyed by both teenagers and the older set."
(Patrick Campbell)

THE BLADE, TOLEDO
"'Nellie' is one of those little books whose discovery leads its reader to press upon friends the importance of enjoying for themselves the new find."
(Molly Behrmann)

SEATTLE TIMES
"..a warm, humorous story about life in an Irish backwater and the poignancy of life at 14."
(Larry Rumley)

BOOKLIST
"A funny, insightful, and touching first novel."

TULSA, OK WORLD
"The author's fresh and original style is a rare treat. Reading 'Nellie' will remind many of the special pleasures discovered in James Herriot's 'All Creatures Great and Small'."
(Marge Hope)

REVIEWS - DIARIES OF A CULTURED CAT

THE KERRYMAN
....this writer manages to pull it off with aplomb - not unlike Paul Auster's 'Timbuktu' which featured a dog narrator some years back. (Donal Nolan)

FRENCH RADIO LONDON INTERVIEW

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