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.