I was amazed by how moving and true Ophelia’s voice is when up against and, surely thanks to, the constraint. I went to check her lines in the play: yes, all this new life from so little material. She speaks as if feeling for the edges of her world. Her consciousness matures as she moves towards a fate that is already decided, yet we see her decidedly take control of her fate.
— Caroline Clark, author of Own Sweet Time
Let me go on is a dazzling, virtuosic short novel that raises subtle philosophical questions about the nature of self and agency.
— Rónán Hession, The Irish Times
A sensitive testament to voice and giving voice
— Eley Williams, author of The Liar’s Dictionary
In let me tell you and let me go on, Ophelia tells her own story. Yet she is restricted to the 481 words Shakespeare gives her in Hamlet. As her story flows from this barely perceptible limitation, it hints at her struggle against the constraints placed upon her by her father, brother and the Prince, and her Shakespearean fate.
let me tell you inspired both authors and readers. It was as moving as it was experimental. Our 15th anniversary edition of this seminal novel is joined by a brand new instalment, Let Me Go On. “O” encounters others on a similar journey and explores her fabulous new world.