Aisling Foster

Life
1949- ; b. 9 Sept., Dublin; ed. National College of Art and UCD; m. Roy Foster c. 1974; a novel, The First Time (1988), a ‘gorwin-up’ novel about Rosy O’Grady, a schoolgirl in London whose mother is a spirited single woman with a new man friend; Safe in the Kitchen (London: Hamish Hamilton 1993), 346pp., centred on Rita Fitzgerald who marries a supporter of de Valera and travels with him on the fund-raising trip to America; reviews freq. in Times Literary Supplement. DIL2

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Works
The First Time (London: Walker Books 1988), teenagers’ novel; Safe in the Kitchen (London: Hamish Hamilton 1993), 346pp.

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Criticism
See Christine St Peter, Changing Ireland: Strategies in Contemporary Women’s Fiction (London: Macmillan 2000).

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Commentary
Harshly reviewed by Deirdre Madden, who takes a sternly nationalist standpoint and comments inter alia that ‘her lack of political awareness is monumental’; in Fortnight Review, Summer Books (Aug. 1994), p.18.

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