The Accidental Wife…

“Thought-provoking… visceral, authentic.”  Martina Devlin

“Resonating with universal truths…” Anthony J Quinn

Eludia Award-winning debut short story collection

Contains The Visit, the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards Short Story of the Year 2016. Watch here to learn more about The Visit.

Chosen by Libraries Northern Ireland as the inaugural book in their public reading initiative, The Armagh Big Read 2017 and by BBC Radio Ulster for the Nolan Show book club (reading starts at 3 minutes approx.)

…an entertaining, vivid, intergenerational cast of (sometimes recurring) feisty characters, warts and all. Consistently engaging, the stories range from two to twelve pages, and span class, religion, gender, race, culture, sexuality and age – there are no taboos or polemic here. Meet addicts, bigots, plotters and schemers, thieves and hypocrites, adulterers and dreamers – ordinary people getting on with their lives, in a complex, extraordinary setting.

Alex Reece Abbott, The Short Story Review

Learn more about The Accidental Wife during this TV interview at 12 minutes in or this  radio interview

“Superb…Confident and stylish.”  Sue Leonard, Books Ireland





One comment

  1. Dear Ms McAlinden,

    My name is Sara Díaz Sierra and I was wondering if your novels contained literary dialect (nonstandard spellings to suggest a pronunciation typical of Northern Ireland). The reason why I would like to know that is because I am doing a PhD at the University of Extremadura (Spain) on how the Northern Irish accent is represented in contemporary literature.

    Best wishes,


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