Dirty Foreigners: O'Brien 'The Lonely Girl' (1962)

This novel is the further adventures of Caithleen and her sidekick Baba in the big city, as they search for fun, love and a free meal. A sequel to ‘The Country Girls’ (1960) it was automatically banned by a board who hated its author.


·      There was no such thing as a safe book. The Caithleens of Ireland – young women – were especially susceptible to notions.

·      Caithleen’s independent life outside her father’s control can be snuffed out at his whim.

·      The humour in the novel is really something, it’s magnificent.


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