visión de conjunto:Críticas IT IS NO small feat to write a story so heavy with foreboding and both deliver on the palpable sense of dread and concoct a hopeful yet realistic ending. Dowd achieves this in her beautifully realized account of one girl's loss of innocence and her resilient recovery.--Publishers Weekly Starred Dowd's elegant unsentimental prose and her instinctive grasp of the struggles of the human heart [lead] toward a hopeful ending. Don't let your kids keep this book to themselves.--People Magazine Told through flowing eloquent prose with strong Joycean influences this engrossing and haunting tale will not let the reader go.--Kirkus Reviews Reseña del editor After Shell's mother dies her obsessively religious father descends into alcoholic mourning and Shell is left to care for her younger brother and sister. Her only release from the harshness of everyday life comes from her budding spiritual friendship with a naive young priest and most importantly her developing relationship with childhood friend Declan charming eloquent and persuasive. But when Declan suddenly leaves Ireland to seek his fortune in America Shell finds herself pregnant and the centre of a scandal that rocks the small community in which she lives with repercussions across the whole country. The lives of those immediately around her will never be the same again. Contraportada Life has been hard for Shell since the death of her mam. Her dad has given up work and turned his back on reality leaving Shell to care for her brother and sister. When she can she spends time with her best friend Bridie and the charming persuasive Declan sharing cigarettes and jokes. Shell is drawn to the kindness of Father Rose a young priest but soon finds herself the centre of an escalating scandal that rocks the small Irish community to its foundations.This magnificent debut novel was inspired by a true story.'Brilliant and heartbreaking debut' Irish Post'By far the best novel I read in 2005' Tony Bradman PEN'Beautifully written and deeply moving' Guardian Biografía del autor Siobhan Dowd lived in Oxford with her husband Geoff before tragically dying from cancer in August 2007 aged 47. She was both an extraordinary writer and an extraordinary person.A Swift Pure Cry was Siobhan's first novel and it has won the Branford Boase Award and the Eilis Dillon Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and Booktrust Teenage Prize. Her second novel The London Eye Mystery won the 2007 NASEN & TES Special Educational Needs Children's Book Award. Siobhan's third astonishing but sadly posthumous book Bog Child will be published in February 2008.