Our Lady of Everything’s salty bizarrerie treads new paths through the entanglement of the global and the local, happily mingling the natural with the supernatural and the everyday with the downright weird in exuberant style (Jennifer Hodgson, author and editor of Ann Quinn: The Unmapped Country)
Our Lady of Everything is a complex, yet touchingly human novel, reflecting the diversity of modern Britain, and the rich, intricate lives that lie behind every window in every street. Finlay's visual arts background is pronounced in her graceful use of imagery that adds a poetic, airy touch to her prose (Joolz Denby, author of Billy Morgan and Borrowed Light)
A funny and affecting portrait of modern Britain in all its kaleidoscopic glory (Laura Kaye, author of English Animals)
A charming, quirky novel [...] It's refreshing to see a novel that focuses the lens on regional identites and makes Nottingham a major character within the story (Elle Magazine)
Margaret O'Shea never thought she'd find herself praying for the life of an English soldier. But with her grandson Eoin fighting in Iraq, Margaret can't do anything but say the rosary and hope that he comes home unscathed. His fiancée Katarzyna is a good Catholic girl, even if she goes to Nottingham's Polish church rather than its Irish one.
What Margaret doesn't know is that Kathy's way of coping with Eoin's absence goes beyond prayer or reading horoscopes. Her friend David has been studying Chaos Magic to distract himself from his new post-PhD career selling figurines of rat men to acne-ridden teenagers and wants Kathy to participate in his Rite of Internet Love. But everyone gets more chaos than they bargained for when a video of a wounded Iraqi and a soldier who looks a lot like Eoin starts circulating. This is a sharp, wry and moving debut novel about love, faith and what normal people do when they don't have any of the answers