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Something Out of Place

Women and Disgust

Book cover for the paperback edition of 'Something Out of Place' by Eimear McBride

A fearless, interrogative work that speaks so much to structural inequality and misogyny. A fierce and fascinating manifesto in McBride’s persuasive prose.

Sinéad Gleeson

The blistering non-fiction debut from the critically acclaimed author of ‘A Girl is a Half-formed Thing’.

Here, Eimear McBride unpicks the contradictory forces of disgust and objectification that control and shame women. From playground taunts of “only sluts do it” but “virgins are frigid”, to ladette culture and the arrival of ‘ironic’ porn, via Debbie Harry, the Kardashians and the Catholic Church, McBride looks at how this prejudicial messaging has played out in the past and still surrounds us today.

In this subversive essay, McBride asks – Are women still damned if we do, damned if we don’t? How can we give our daughters (and sons) the unbounded futures we want for them? And, in this moment of global crisis, might our gift for juggling contradiction help us to find a way forward?

Eimear McBride is that old-fashioned thing, a genius.


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176 pages

About the author

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Eimear McBride

Eimear McBride is the author of three novels: ‘Strange Hotel’, ‘The Lesser Bohemians’ and ‘A Girl is a Half-formed Thing’. She held the inaugural Creative Fellowship at the Beckett Research Centre, University of Reading, and is the recipient of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Goldsmiths Prize, James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Irish Novel of the Year Award. She lives in London.