The State of Grace

By: Catherine Donnelly

Publication Date: May 2003


The State of Grace by Catherine Donnelly

During the course of just a few weeks 46 year old Grace is fired from her job as a TV producer in an advertising agency, loses her house, falls off the wagon and watches her mother die.

She also learns how to smoke cigarettes, hotwire a car and that riding pillion on a motorbike at 150kph is a lot more exhilarating than HRT.

She finds friendship with an Amazonian Russian, has sex for the first time in ten years with a younger man, gets to know her children as people, starts a new career and rediscovers her sense of humour.

In short, she finds her state of grace.

‘Funny, moving and wise – I loved this wonderful book.’ Pauline McLynn

‘Beneath its frothy cappuccino exterior, there beats a heart of gold, and a story told with increasing joie-de-vivre.‘ – Nuala O’Faolain

‘This is a great fun read.’ Customer review

‘THE Celtic Tiger boom is at an end in Catherine Donnelly’s very entertaining novel The State of Grace.’ The Independent


CATHERINE DONNELLY was for many years a writer in the advertising industry.

Please note this book is not for sale through Sitric Books in the UK (excl. Northern Ireland) or Commonwealth. Customers in these countries should contact Macmillan for further information.

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Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 136 × 215 mm
Publication Date

May 2003


Paperback, 240pp