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M.J. Hyland: A memoir

6 May 2004
... on the floor – and pulled the sheets back from my mother’s legs. ‘I see what you mean, Mr Hyland,’ the doctor said. He gave his card to my mother, stood up and left. ‘Didn’t I tell you!’ my father said. I began to steal and I stopped doing well at school. I started to learn not to care. Most of my daydreams were adoption fantasies: fantasies ...

It’s a lie

Colin Burrow: M.J. Hyland’s Creepy Adolescents

2 November 2006
Carry Me Down 
by M.J. Hyland.
Canongate, 334 pp., £9.99, April 2006, 1 84195 734 8
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... Both of M.J. Hyland’s novels – only two so far – are written from the perspective of weird adolescents. Both books are strong, awkward and unobvious in ways that get under your skin. How the Light Gets In (2004) presents the world in the first-person present tense of Lou Connor, an Australian teenager who escapes from her family, which is impoverished in every way, by staying with a family in America ...

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