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Apr 5, 2022

‘heart-warming, honest and brilliant’ Snowflake published today in paperback by Manilla Press

Louise Nealon’s

-Winner Of Sunday Independent Newcomer Of The Year 2021, An Post Irish Book Awards
-A BBC Radio 4 Book At Bedtime Pick
-The Book On One On RTÉ Radio 1

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In The Us:

-People Magazine People’s Pick in their October 4th Issue

- An Amazon Us Spotlight Pick For The Month Of September As Featured Debut,

-Selected Among Bustle’s Most Anticipated Books Of The Month

-One Of Shondaland 5 Best Books For September.

Praise for Snowflake

‘SNOWFLAKE is mad and wonderful. I thought I was reading one thing, then discovered - several times as I read - that I was reading a different, even better thing’

Roddy Doyle

‘GAS and beautiful and truthful and touching'

Marian Keyes, author of Grown Ups

‘It's a long time since I've loved a novel as much as Snowflake. The prose shines with observations about life love family mental health, milking the cows and what it means to be coming of age in the times we live in—I felt I had discovered a diamond—a real treasure!’

Christy Lefteri, author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo

‘Snowflake is raw, sharp-sighted, affirming, and also very very funny. Louise Nealon's prose shimmers as do her irregular and damaged characters. Stunning’

Una Mannion, author of A Crooked Tree

'Tender, laugh-out-loud funny, and deeply moving'

Louise O'Neill, author of After the Silence

‘Astonishing. Louise Nealon is a ridiculously talented writer’

Stacey Halls, author of The Familiars

“These are Beckett like characters, mythologised, haunted, mired in trauma using craic as deflection… Debbie’s fresh bleakly funny voice marks her out as original”

The Sunday Times

“The depiction of mental illness is raw and often painful, making this not just a sharp, tender coming-of-age story for Debbie, but for the whole cast of Nealon’s characters”

The Irish Independent

“A sweet, clever coming-of-age novel that finds charity and depth for its older characters as well as the young”

The Irish Times

“Stylistically and formally, Nealon is very much her own thing. Snowflake is intimate, chatty, immensely readable. There’s an original and distinctive voice here, and a strong sense of character and place”

The Sunday Times

“Clever, witty, wryly elegant and full of emotional truth”

The Sunday Independent

“Nealon’s bald honesty about rural life is reminiscent of Patrick Kavanagh and his anti- pastorals”

“But it’s Nealon’s razor-sharp focus on the shame surrounding mental health issues, sexual promiscuity and substance abuse in Irish culture — and her female characters’ determination to not only face but conquer their shortcomings — that makes an indelible mark.”

The Washington Post

“In an entirely unique, dark, and hilariously human novel, Nealon manages to weave the pressure of youth with the hopeful reality of unconditional love.”

Shondaland, The 5 Best Books for September 2021

“A fresh and often humorous debut. . . . this tale of two worlds vibrates on an otherworldly frequency.”

Publishers Weekly

“Featuring a cast of intriguingly damaged characters, Snowflake has the power to make you gasp at its revelations and its sheer poetry, which often unfolds with the languid pace of a lucid dream…impressively accomplished and searingly funny, sad book”

Irish Central

“The idea that everyone is suffering something, even unseen, is not a new one, but it is refreshingly presented by this cast of wonky, wonderful, traumatized characters in a chaotic, beautiful, flawed world… twisty-turning, multifaceted, smart, funny even when it is at its most serious. Nealon's debut shows an expert eye for detail and pitch, and an appreciation for the absurd, the profound and the ridiculous--especially when they converge.”

Shelf Awareness

“Packed with emotion, terrific dialogue, raw and real characters, and spiritual elements…A genuine, wise, and promising debut.”


“Louise Nealon’s Snowflake is one of the most heartwarming, honest and brilliant coming-of-age novels you will read this year…This novel is a true gift…Reading it is to lose yourself in reveries about the imperfections of life, the people we love and care for, self-doubt and the pursuit of joy.”

BookPage, starred review

“a gem of a writer with a promising career ahead of her


“Your Next Irish Literary Obsession” 


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