Tackling the big issues: Irish author Louise O'Neill
Young adult fiction writer Louise O'Neill won an Irish Book Award for her first novel in 2014, and an Irish Times Award for her second, in 2015. Both have struck a chord with the issues facing young people, especially young women, around the world. Only Ever Yours is a dystopian fiction about young women bred for their beauty in a world where their worth is defined in terms of their value to men. Asking For It tackles rape culture in a world where a young woman's worst nightmare becomes front page news and social media fodder around the world.