Sarah Crossan with Sally Magnusson: The Other Woman
Sarah Crossan, former Irish Children’s Laureate has been delighting and moving younger readers for years with her award-winning books — 2016’s One about the life of conjoined twins won the Carnegie Medal — and her move to adult fiction is a cause for great excitement.
Here is the Beehive does not disappoint; lyrical, heartbreaking and formally bold, it takes in love and death, betrayal and secrets, grief and loss, in unforgettable form. Ana Kelly’s three-year-long affair with Connor Taylor is a secret that belongs only to them. So when Connor’s wife Rebecca calls to say he has died, Ana has to find a way to mourn her loss and make sense of her sorrow for something that, for the rest of the world, effectively never happened.
In conversation with Sally Magnusson, Crossan shares what the shift to older readers has meant for her writing process, and how she subverted the conventions of ‘the other woman’ to produce a page-turner about love.