M.J. Hyland

M.J. Hyland used to be a lawyer. She is the author of Carry Me Down and This is How. She lives in Manchester.

Diary: a memoir

M.J. Hyland, 6 May 2004

I often use the past tense when I talk about my father, which is strange, since he’s still alive, still an alcoholic, still a gambler and still, technically speaking, a criminal. At the end of 2002, he was released from a Brisbane prison after serving 20 months of a four-year sentence for armed robbery, which makes him sound dangerous and exciting. Far from it. He’s five foot...

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...

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