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Irish feminist writer Nuala O'Faolain dies

Tue 13 May 2008 In: International News View at Wayback

Nuala O'Faolain - one of Ireland's best-known journalists and a feminist who gained international fame with her outspoken 1996 memoir Are You Somebody? - has died of lung cancer, just weeks after revealing her illness in a radio interview. She was 68. Nuala O'Faolain O'Faolain became a bestselling author on both sides of the Atlantic in 1996 with the publication of her intimate memoir Are You Somebody? It recounted her tough family upbringing with a philandering father and alcoholic mother, descent into her own alcohol abuse, and a lifetime struggle to attain professional, social and sexual fulfilment. The book touched a particular nerve among adult female readers because of its exploration of the soul-searching of a middle-aged, unmarried, childless woman. It caused headlines at home because of her candid admission to having a lengthy lesbian affair with a prominent Irish journalist, later identified as Northern Irish civil rights activist Nell McCafferty. O'Faolain had several long-term relationships, with McCafferty and with prominent male artists and intellectuals, but never married or had children, a frequent theme in her writing. She died of complications caused by lung cancer on Friday at a hospice in south Dublin. More about the life of Nuala O'Faolain is in the story linked below.    

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First published: Tuesday, 13th May 2008 - 12:56pm

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