Kathleen Ferguson

Kathleen Ferguson was born in Tamnaherin, Co. Derry, and studied English at the University of Ulster. Her début novel, The Maid's Tale, won the 1995 Irish Literature Prize for Fiction.

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The Maid's Tale

Poolbeg Press, 1994

Set in a Catholic community in Derry, Northern Ireland, this novel spans three decades from the '50s to the late 1980s. It is the story of Brigid Keen who, loyally and humbly, has been Father Mann's maid for 33 years. When the priest is conferred to a nursing home, she loses her job and for the first time she has to confront life outside the structures provided by the Catholic Church on her own.

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