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Irish author Michelle Gallen nominated for Comedy Women in Print prize for Big Girl, Small Town

The debut novel has been dubbed as Milkman meets Derry Girls


By Clodagh Meaney


Irish author Michelle Gallen has been nominated for the Comedy Women in Print prize for her debut novel Big Girl, Small Town.


The novel follows "odd ball" Majella O'Neill from Derry in Northern Ireland. She's a big girl living in a small town.


Working in the local chipper (Monday - Saturday, with Sundays off), 27-year-old Majella keeps to herself. She lives with her alcoholic mother has no friends and no interest in men, except for the occasional back-room rendezvous with her colleague.

Her da went missing during the troubles, and soon her world is turned around after her paternal grandmother dies. Even though she longs for things to return to normal, she finds that there may be more to life after all.


The book was published on February 20th of this year. The audiobook is narrated by Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan.


Author Michelle Gallen herself grew up in Tyrone during the troubles in the 1970s.


Other books nominated for the prize are The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary, The Blessed Girl by Angela Makholwa, Queen by Candice Carty-Williams, Fran Kiss Stein by Jeanette Winterson, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill and Reasons to be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe.


The Comedy Women in Print Prize, which is the brainchild of award-winning comedian Helen Lederer, was launched in 2018 to celebrate and support female comedy writers.

The award has two categories, one for published books, and one for un-published reads. The winner of the un-published category is awarded a publishing deal with Harper Collins.


The winner is set to be announced on Monday 14th September, 2020.

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