'Flayingly authentic and sensationally compelling...One of the best books of the year.'
--Anthony Cummins, THE OBSERVER
'Cells is a raw, throbbing thing; the literary equivalent of an open wound, but one that's been cauterised by a highly skilled surgeon...the story of the making of an acutely talented writer...One of the very best, most authentic, beautiful, and brutal depictions of a deep and abiding, albeit imperfect love between a son and his mother.'
--Lucy Scholes, THE TELEGRAPH
'Raw and deeply affecting.'
--Fiona Buckley, THE GUARDIAN
'A heart-stopping excavation of the self...Cells will heighten the capacity for empathy in all who read it. Not least of all, empathy for the self.'
--Helen Cullen, THE IRISH TIMES
'Beautifully written, fearless, vulnerable, self-aware...Cells will comfortably sit alongside other great Irish memoirs by Nuala O'Faolain and John McGahern.'
--Colum McCann, author of Apeirogon
'Both brutal and tender in its depiction of the relationships that shape a self. Leading the reader through moments of darkness and of luminosity alike, this is a work of intellect and eloquence, but also a work of great heart.'
--Doireann Ní Gríofa, author of A Ghost in the Throat
'With Cells, McCrea has established himself as one of Ireland’s finest writers.’
--Paul McVeigh, author of The Good Son