Factory Girls – Michelle Gallen


It’s the summer of 1994, and all Maeve Murray wants is to pass her exams and make some money so she can escape her shitty wee town in Northern Ireland.
Over the holidays, Maeve bags herself a job at the local shirt factory with her best friends Caroline and Aoife. It’s set to be the summer of their lives, but first she’s got to iron 800 shirts a day to keep her job, dodge the attentions of Handy Andy Strawbridge her slimy English boss, and survive a tit-for-tat paramilitary campaign as brutal as her relationship with her mam.
As tensions rise between the Catholic and Protestant workforce, and Maeve counts down the weeks to results day, she notices things aren’t adding up at the factory. It seems like revealing the truth may just be her ticket out of town.