A Girl is a Half Formed Thing (you know from the title that it is something special) is the finest book I have read in a long time. Eimear McBride writes with such lightness and deftness that it makes even the best prose seem clunky. She has been likened to Joyce and Beckett but that's probably because she writes of Ireland however her writing is closer to the likes of Christine Brooke-Rose, where language is put through its paces and distorted to get closer to the experience. Read it, and re-read it. It. Is. A. Phenomenal. Debut.