1st August 2017 – Narcissism for Beginners is long listed for the Guardian Not The Booker Prize!

‘What makes us who we are – nature, nurture or zombie movies? In an intimate first person narrative, this novel beautifully examines whether the ties that bind need to be so binding.’ Robin Ince / Bookshambles Podcast Summer Reads

‘Narcissism for Beginners points out some uncomfortable truths…And there are some absolute jaw-droppers. The ending completely wrong-footed me.’ Pat Black / Booksquawk

‘A classic coming-of-age story exploring themes of identity, addiction, narcissism and neuroticism.’ Big Issue

‘The scandal doesn’t let up until the very end.’ Nudge / Bookhugger

‘Sonny is a brilliant creation…The final payoff, pitch perfect.’ Annabel Gaskell / Shinynewbooks

‘I loved tagging along on this kooky hero’s quest.’ Bookishbeck

‘…a highly original book…a very likeable character…find yourself rooting for him as you turn each page.’ Swirlandthread

‘Tales of the City meets Adrian Mole meets Charles Manson.’ Fleur Emery, Entrepreneur

‘Caustically funny and touching…a gem of a tale.’ Lesley Thomson, Author, Detective’s Daughter series

‘A compelling coming of age road-trip novel with never a dull moment.’ Elizabeth Garner, Author

‘Hopeful and uplifting.’ Elizabeth Enfield, Author



Martine McDonagh’s third novel Narcissism for Beginners has been likened in some quarters to JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye; in others to Adrian Mole meets Tales of the City meets Charles Manson.

Her first novel I Have Waited, and You Have Come, was described as ‘cataclysmically brilliant’ by author Elizabeth Haynes and praised in The Guardian and Red magazine. Martine worked in the music industry for 30 years, managing James, Fujiya & Miyagi and other bands, and is now programme leader on the MA Creative Writing & Publishing at West Dean College in Sussex.