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by Lisa Harding

Harvesting is heartbreaking and funny, gritty, raw and breathtakingly beautiful, where redemption is found in friendship and unexpected acts of kindness.

B-Format, Paperback | 300pp | ISBN: 9781848407008 | Release Date: September 2018

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Winner of the Kate O'Brien Award 2018

Shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2018

Shortlisted for Newcomer of the Year at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards

Sometimes it feels as if three minutes has passed when it’s been three days, and three nights pass like a shiver of wind through the trees. I can’t tell shadows from bodies, voices from spirits. Luca’s face becomes an unknown man’s face, me under him, then the man’s face becomes Luca’s and I want to reach out and smash it . . .

Sammy is a spiky, quick-witted and sharp teenager living in Dublin; Nico is a warm and conscientious girl from Moldova. When they are thrown together in a Dublin brothel in a horrific twist of fate, a peculiar and important bond is formed . . .

This is a novel about a flourishing but hidden world, thinly concealed beneath a veneer of normality. It’s about the failings of polite society, the cruelty that can exist in apparently homely surroundings, the bluster of youth and the often appalling weakness of adults. Harvesting is heartbreaking and funny, gritty, raw and breathtakingly beautiful, where redemption is found in friendship and unexpected acts of kindness.

Harvesting was inspired by Harding’s involvement with a campaign against sex trafficking run by the Children’s Rights Alliance. Although it is a fictionalised account, the text has been read and approved of by representatives for NGOs in both Moldova and Dublin.


In much the same way that Louise O’Neill’s book Asking For It was a damning indictment of, and a clarion call to the discussion surrounding rape culture, Harding’s book will do similarly good things for the discourse surrounding trafficking and sex work in Ireland...shocking, gut-wrenching... a new writer worth your time.
— Sunday Business Post
This is not just a novel about sex trafficking – it is also about friendship and hope in the darkest places. A harrowing but important read – and one that will stay with you long afterwards.
— Hotpress
Impressive and profoundly moving. It’s a harrowing read, but is never gratuitous.
— Irish Examiner
Harding is to be commended for writing about such an important and under-reported topic... a character-driven and highly dramatic novel...vivid and credible.
— The Irish Times
This is an important book and should open many a debate ... [Harding] writes with power and compassion, and is a force to be reckoned with.
— Books Ireland

Praise for Harvesting

Sometimes 21st century fiction looks like the idle pursuit of the privileged, the trust-funded, the spiritually oblivious. Then there are books like Harvesting, which bristles with the anger of the wronged and the forgotten. Lisa Harding’s prose is visceral, indignant and, above all else, humane.
— Peter Murphy, author of John the Revelator
A novel which shines a light on some of the darkest corners of contemporary life and finds there extraordinary humanity, great hope amid the heartache. Harvesting is beautiful at the level of the sentence, profoundly moving and completely gripping. One of the best debut novels of recent years.
— Alex Preston, author of This Bleeding City
Harvesting is a powerful and utterly absorbing novel. Lisa Harding is a compelling new voice who doesn’t shirk from exploring the darker aspects of human existence. Her writing is vivid, haunting and always mindful of the humanity of her characters.
— Danielle McLaughlin, author of Dinosaurs On Other Planets
Page by page, Harvesting, tenderly howls with beauty and courage. In society’s rotten cavities where secrets fester, Harding’s light fixes firmly upon the maggots with a guttural rage.
— Karl Geary, author of Montpellier Parade
Harvesting is an important debut by a multi-talented author. Important because of the impressive skill with which it is written, and important because the author has had the bravery to deal with a subject as difficult as the subject of sex Harding’s hands, all the characters – including characters for whom we have nothing but contempt – are multi-dimensional and human. By the time we finished reading this book, the girls especially felt as if they could be members of our own families. We fully understood the complicated process that had resulted in them living the lives they were forced to live, and, without being lectured at all, knew that action had to be taken.
— Jane Urquhart, author of The Stone Carvers
A brilliantly written, heartfelt, heart-breaking tale of two young girls, its lucid breadth and depths read like an indictment of our patriarchal globe.’ – Anthony Glavin, author of Colours Other than Blue ‘A terrific piece of work … engaging and darkly compelling.
— Catherine Dunne