...its cast of believable characters will transport readers back to those precarious days of childhood, a time when playground antics are often a matter of life and death
The Story of Before is a bewitching read, a book that transports you back to the world of childhood, where everything outside of yourself is a mystery to be unravelled. Beautifully observed, the novel conjures up the landscape of 1970s Dublin as effectively as a time machine. I can't recommend it highly enough
Stairs revels in sharp physical description, tinged with implication ... Familiar and unsettling ... An assured debut'
With this moving and evocative novel, Stairs has won her spurs as an emerging new voice in Irish quality women's fiction
The Story of Before is a mesmerising psychological coming-of-age novel
It's an un-put-down-able mystery with an unexpectedly emotional impact
The Boy Between is a powerful, moving story that stays with the reader long after the last page has been read. Stairs has most assuredly confirmed her place within the voices of quality Irish fiction