“Moment by moment, Hyland nails the alternating excitement and embarrassment of being a teenager…[she is] a talented writer grappling with serious questions about how me make our way through the world; her efforts beat the hell out of tell-alls about manicures and designer jeans," raves The New York Times Book Review.
M. J. Hyland was born in London in 1968 to Irish parents, and spent her early childhood in Dublin. She now lives and works in Melbourne. Her short stories have been published in Australia, the USA and Ireland and she also edited the literary magazine, Nocturnal Submissions, for a number of years. She is currently working on a second novel.
Author biography courtesy of Canongate Books.
Good To Know
Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Hyland:
"For six years before I began writing How the Light Gets In I was a lawyer, and a very bad one. I left work early each night so that I could read, and did very little on the weekends but write. My colleagues -- all hardworking lawyers -- hated me, and I was miserable."
"I write all over my books while I read them, and violently dog-ear the pages."
"I must go to Antarctica on an icebreaker before I perish."
"I must learn to deep-sea-dive before I perish."
"Before I go to sleep, I read for an hour, or longer, and I write in my notebook -- ideas about the novel I am working on -- because of a rather daft superstition that I might, while sleeping, dream solutions for my characters or my plots. It works. I woke one morning from a dream about a character -- now the opening stanza of my second novel."