Dad’s Red Dress


Like many teenagers, Jessie wants her family to be normal. Boringly normal. Trouble is, kid sister Laura thinks she’s been abducted by the virgin Mary – twice; once on a motorbike, step-mum Eva makes nude sculptures and feminist installations while Dad becomes Mandy when the doors close…

Published in early 2017, “Dad’s Red Dress” is Lindsay’s first novel. Enjoyed by readers from ten years into their 70s, it has been a critical success with critics and readers ever since. Everyone relates to a different character, which is illuminating! It’s available via Amazon UK: and US: and on Smashwords: It is also in all the libraries of Dublin and Kildare and in select bookshops nationwide including Books Upstairs, Dublin, Maynooth Bookshop, Co. Kildare, Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Galway and in Javaholic’s Cafe, Fairview. You can also purchase signed copies directly via paypal. (Contact: books@lindsayjsedgwick. )

Cover design is by the very talented Irish designer, Aoife Henkes.

Sample reviews


There’s a lovely review here on the The Bookstop blog in the US. Here’s a snippet:

I loved this book… I loved Sedgwick’s distinctive voice and her ability to blend humor with deeply serious issues.  I loved the way Jessie looks for images in clouds when she gets stressed out, and how she always keeps an eye out for her little sister… This is a difficult book to adequately describe, but I highly recommend it.  The issues are powerful and definitely relevant (while I was reading this, Virginia elected its first transgender state legislator), and Jessie and her dad are characters you won’t soon forget.

A beautiful story excellently told…one of the best novels I’ve read in bloody ages. – Patrick Chapman, author of Slow Clocks of Decay

What a great story, filled with complexity – original and believable, every character so well developed…Jessie is just a delight, I was with her all the way! A beautiful relationship with her Dad, and her little sister! It’s wonderful, just wonderful!!  – Caroline Farrell, author of Arkyne and Lady Beth.   

Filled with vivid, genuine characters and complex, conflicting family drama, it is joyous, loving and truly unique among the vast canon of coming-of-age stories…a delight to read. Simply wonderful.   – Children’s Books Ireland

Something extra:

A taste of the book by way of a tiny trailer.

An interview with Lindsay on the writing of the book.



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