Louise O’Neill’s Girl Power playlist

DENIS louise 2.jpgI first bought my copy of Hole’s seminal album Live Through This when I was fifteen. It, and The Handmaid’s Tale, were my first conscious introduction to the idea of feminism.

Doll Parts was a particular influence on my book Only Ever Yours. 

I would sing those lyrics to myself over and over “I am Doll eyes Doll mouth Doll legs” and every time I did so I felt like I was getting closer to the truth of Freida, the main character. I could see how the society in which she lived had made her feel like she was a mere collection of body parts rather than a human being.

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untitledLouise O’Neill’s novel Only Ever Yours is on the 2015 YA Prize shortlist. Louise was winner of the Newcomer of the Year at the 2014 Irish Book Awards.

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