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  • Published: 26 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473585379
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272


A Lifetime of Friendships

Exploring the many and varied friendships that have shaped her life, Comrades is the stunning new essay collection from the critically acclaimed author of Elsewhere. For fans of Emilie Pine, Elizabeth Day and Pandora Sykes.

'My dictionary's first two definitions of 'comrade' are:

A close companion.
An intimate associate or friend.

The third one is:
A fellow soldier.

My friends have been all those things to me.'

In this stunning essay collection, award-winning journalist Rosita Boland explores the many friendships that have shaped her life. Surprising and beautiful, she writes about the imaginary friends of early childhood, books that have provided companionship and joy, kindred spirits met while travelling, the friend she hoped might become something more, and also the friendships that become lost over time.

Life-affirming, affecting and wise, Comrades is a powerful exploration of what it is to live, to connect, and to be human in this world.

  • Published: 26 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473585379
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the author

Rosita Boland

Rosita Boland is a senior features writer at the Irish Times, specialising in human interest stories. She was a 2009 Nieman Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. She won 'Journalist of the Year' at the 2018 Newsbrands Ireland journalism awards.

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Praise for Comrades

A moving, beautiful and deeply felt meditation on friendship, loyalty and connectedness in a disconnected world

Hilary Fannin

I was fascinated, moved and entertained by every page. This is the kind of book the world needs right now

Donal Ryan

'Fascinating and warm-hearted essay collection...a moving meditation on friendship and the deep-seated need to find and retain human connections.'

Irish Independent

'Boland says she endeavours as a journalist to be as empathetic, responsible and ethical as possible. Comrades is an exceptional example of all three. She writes with a lightness of touch and robust integrity. Reading her book has been an immensely enjoyable experience, like getting not a bubble bath that's the perfect temperature. It's one that I will re-read and give as a gift to many friends of my own.'

Irish Times

'Comrades is a wonderfully constructed, moving and honest book.'

Patrick Freyne

'Chatty, thoughtful and entertaining - an absorbing journey along life's tracks and trails.'

The Sunday Times Ireland

'A gift of a book.'

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