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Patricia Scanlan - Author

About the Author

Patricia Scanlan was born in Dublin, where she still lives. Some of her bestsellers include Apartment 3B; Finishing Touches; Foreign Affairs; Promises, Promises; Mirror, Mirror; City Girl; City Woman; City Lives; Francesca's Party; Two for Joy; Double Wedding; Divided Loyalties; Forgive and Forget; and Winter Blessings, a collection of quotes, blessings, poems, and reminiscences. Patricia is the series editor and a contributing author to the Open Door series. She also teaches creative writing to second-level students and is involved in adult literacy.

Featured books by Patricia Scanlan

A Time for Friends

A Time for Friends

Author: Patricia Scanlan Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/03/2015

When are the boundaries of friendship pushed too far, and when is it time to stop flying over oceans for someone who wouldn't jump over a puddle for you? There comes a time when Hilary Hammond has to make that call. Hilary and Colette O'Mahony have been friends since childhood, but when irrepressible Jonathan Harpur breezes into Hilary's life and goes into business with her, Colette is not best pleased. After their first encounter Colette thinks he's a 'pushy upstart' while he thinks she's 'a snobby little diva'. And so the battle lines are drawn and Hilary is bang in the middle. But as the years roll by and each of them is faced with difficult times and tough decisions, one thing is clear ...to have a friend you must be a friend. And that's when Hilary discovers that sometimes your best friend can be your greatest enemy ...

Other books by Patricia Scanlan

Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs

Author: Patricia Scanlan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

*** THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR *** Four women - Paula, Jennifer, Brenda and Rachel - all at a crossroads in their lives. All with difficult choices to make. All badly in need of a holiday... Paula is beautiful, ambitious and successful, she works hard and plays hard. Men find her irresistible...except for the one man she really wants. In her late thirties, Brenda longs for glamour and excitement. Tired of being a housewife stuck at home with her children, she is determined to make changes in her life. Then the unthinkable happens. Shy and timid, Rachel has always been dominated by her cold, intolerant father. But beneath the surface she is bubbling with suppressed rage. Does she have the courage to finally become her own woman? Jennifer is a true friend to them all. But when tragedy strikes, will Paula, Brenda and Rachel be there for Jennifer when she needs them? When the four women stay in a luxurious villa on a Greek island, they soon realize that they have embarked on more than just a foreign holiday. Amidst rows, arguments, laughter and fun they come to see each other in a different light. Can their friendships be sustained? Indeed, will their lives ever be the same again? What readers are saying about Patricia Scanlan's novels: 'Utterly magical and wonderful ... warmth and compassion shine through' MARIAN KEYES 'Like being enfolded in a hug from the great writer herself: warm, comforting and full of love' CATHY KELLY 'There can be little doubt that Patricia Scanlan is the prolific queen of contemporary Irish popular fiction' Sunday Times ''There is a heartbreaking authenticity in her observations' Irish Times 'The ultimate comfort read'Glamour 'A bright, sunny read in which these lives interweave with unexpected results' Sunday Express S magazine

City Woman

City Woman

Author: Patricia Scanlan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

*** THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR *** Devlin's flair and ambition has made a success of the 'City Girl' health and leisure complex. Expansion is next on her agenda, But what of Luke Reilly, a man used to getting his own way? His interest is more than professional. Soon Devlin is forced to make a decision that will have a huge impact on her life. Caroline, still coming to terms with her husband's revelations, has to do some serious thinking. Can she face the future on her own or will she resort to the crutches of drugs and drink that have always carried her through? Maggie, torn between motherhood and career, finds her marriage under threat. Her husband's total lack of support enrages and frustrates her. After years of putting other people's needs before her own, Maggie has to decide if it's time to put herself first. What readers are saying about Patricia Scanlan's novels: 'Utterly magical and wonderful ... warmth and compassion shine through' MARIAN KEYES 'Like being enfolded in a hug from the great writer herself: warm, comforting and full of love' CATHY KELLY 'There can be little doubt that Patricia Scanlan is the prolific queen of contemporary Irish popular fiction' Sunday Times ''There is a heartbreaking authenticity in her observations' Irish Times 'The ultimate comfort read' Glamour 'A bright, sunny read in which these lives interweave with unexpected results' Sunday Express S magazine

City Girl

City Girl

Author: Patricia Scanlan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

*** THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR *** Three very different women face heartache, upheaval and reinvention in this romantic drama, which praises the power of friendship to pull you through when life gets tough. At 21, Devlin is seduced by the suave, sophisticated Colin Cantrell-King, an older married man and her boss. But this affair will leave her with some tough decisions to make. Caroline is afraid of being left on the shelf so jumps at the chance to marry the cool, detached and very attractive Richard. But, why does he never return her ardour with equal passion? Married mother Maggie feels trapped in a loveless marriage until she discovers her husband's infidelity. What will she do with her new-found sense of liberation? What readers are saying about Patricia Scanlan's novels: 'Utterly magical and wonderful ... warmth and compassion shine through' MARIAN KEYES 'Like being enfolded in a hug from the great writer herself: warm, comforting and full of love' CATHY KELLY 'There can be little doubt that Patricia Scanlan is the prolific queen of contemporary Irish popular fiction' Sunday Times ''There is a heartbreaking authenticity in her observations' Irish Times 'The ultimate comfort read' Glamour 'A bright, sunny read in which these lives interweave with unexpected results' Sunday Express S magazine

Apartment 3B

Apartment 3B

Author: Patricia Scanlan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

*** THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR *** Luxurious, expensive Apartment 3B is for sale. Many want it, only one can buy it. Its owner, Liz Lacey, successful artist and darling of the jetset, is about to make dramatic changes in her life. Many of Dublin's elite come to view her apartment: sophisticated, cosmopolitan Lainey Conroy, globe-trotting media personality; Hugh Cassidy; gentle, determined Claire Moran who has triumphed over adversity; ambitious but tender-hearted Dominic Kent. And Cecily, sister-in-law to Lainey, who will stop at nothing in her plan for revenge ... Warmth, wisdom and love on every page - if you treasured Maeve Binchy, read Patricia Scanlan. What readers are saying about Patricia Scanlan's novels: 'Utterly magical and wonderful ... warmth and compassion shine through' MARIAN KEYES 'Like being enfolded in a hug from the great writer herself: warm, comforting and full of love' CATHY KELLY 'There can be little doubt that Patricia Scanlan is the prolific queen of contemporary Irish popular fiction' Sunday Times ''There is a heartbreaking authenticity in her observations' Irish Times 'The ultimate comfort read'Glamour 'A bright, sunny read in which these lives interweave with unexpected results' Sunday Express S magazine

City Lives

City Lives

Author: Patricia Scanlan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

*** THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR *** Devlin, Caroline and Maggie. Women in their prime. They have it all. Careers. Success. Marriage. They are the envy of their peers. But at what price? City Lives is the story of three women who have one great certainy in their lives: their friendship. The enduring bonds of loyalty and love will carry them through the toughest times towards a brighter future. What readers are saying about Patricia Scanlan's novels: 'Utterly magical and wonderful ... warmth and compassion shine through' MARIAN KEYES 'Like being enfolded in a hug from the great writer herself: warm, comforting and full of love' CATHY KELLY 'There can be little doubt that Patricia Scanlan is the prolific queen of contemporary Irish popular fiction' Sunday Times ''There is a heartbreaking authenticity in her observations' Irish Times 'The ultimate comfort read' Glamour 'A bright, sunny read in which these lives interweave with unexpected results' Sunday Express S magazine

A Time for Friends

A Time for Friends

Author: Patricia Scanlan Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/03/2015

When are the boundaries of friendship pushed too far, and when is it time to stop flying over oceans for someone who wouldn't jump over a puddle for you? There comes a time when Hilary Hammond has to make that call. Hilary and Colette O'Mahony have been friends since childhood, but when irrepressible Jonathan Harpur breezes into Hilary's life and goes into business with her, Colette is not best pleased. After their first encounter Colette thinks he's a 'pushy upstart' while he thinks she's 'a snobby little diva'. And so the battle lines are drawn and Hilary is bang in the middle. But as the years roll by and each of them is faced with difficult times and tough decisions, one thing is clear ...to have a friend you must be a friend. And that's when Hilary discovers that sometimes your best friend can be your greatest enemy ...

A Time For Friends

A Time For Friends

Author: Patricia Scanlan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2015

*** THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER *** When are the boundaries of friendship pushed too far, and when is it time to stop flying over oceans for someone who wouldn't jump over a puddle for you? There comes a time when Hilary Hammond has to make that call. Hilary and Colette O'Mahony have been friends since childhood, but when irrepressible Jonathan Harpur breezes into Hilary's life and goes into business with her, Colette is not best pleased. After their first encounter Colette thinks he's a 'pushy upstart' while he thinks she's 'a snobby little diva'. And so the battle lines are drawn and Hilary is bang in the middle. But as the years roll by and each of them is faced with difficult times and tough decisions, one thing is clear ... to have a friend you must be a friend. And that's when Hilary discovers that sometimes your best friend can be your greatest enemy ... What readers are saying about Patricia Scanlan's novels: 'Utterly magical and wonderful ... warmth and compassion shine through' MARIAN KEYES 'Like being enfolded in a hug from the great writer herself: warm, comforting and full of love' CATHY KELLY 'There can be little doubt that Patricia Scanlan is the prolific queen of contemporary Irish popular fiction' Sunday Times ''There is a heartbreaking authenticity in her observations' Irish Times 'The ultimate comfort read' Glamour 'A bright, sunny read in which these lives interweave with unexpected results' Sunday Express S magazine

Coming Home for Christmas

Coming Home for Christmas

Author: Patricia Scanlan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

*** THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR *** Two sisters ... two very different lives. Alison's American dream is in tatters. Her highflying career is on the skids and her Upper East Side apartment is now way beyond her means. But pride prevents her from telling her family back home just how bad things are. Olivia is fraught trying to juggle family, career, preparations for Christmas and organize a surprise party for their mother's seventieth birthday. How she envies, and sometimes resents, her sister Alison and her life of excitement and affluence in New York. Coming home for the holidays is the last thing Alison wants to do, especially now that she's met a rather attractive neighbour. But family ties are strong. Alison and Olivia must sort their differences, throw a party and Christmas might just bring changes for Alison that she could never have imagined ... What readers are saying about Patricia Scanlan's novels: 'Utterly magical and wonderful ... warmth and compassion shine through' MARIAN KEYES 'Like being enfolded in a hug from the great writer herself: warm, comforting and full of love' CATHY KELLY 'There can be little doubt that Patricia Scanlan is the prolific queen of contemporary Irish popular fiction' Sunday Times ''There is a heartbreaking authenticity in her observations' Irish Times 'The ultimate comfort read' Glamour 'A bright, sunny read in which these lives interweave with unexpected results' Sunday Express S magazine

Francesca's Party

Francesca's Party

Author: Patricia Scanlan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2014

*** THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR *** After years of being a loyal wife and mother, Francesca Kirwan finds her life changed irrevocably one dismal autumn morning when her husband Mark forgets his mobile phone. In the space of ten minutes her comfortable, safe, uneventful life is shattered. She has a choice - sink or swim. After a shaky start, Francesca's life takes a decidedly upward turn - new job, new friends, new love interest. Mark is not at all pleased and Mark's mistress, Nikki Langan, realises Francesca to be a far tougher woman than she expected. And then Francesca decides to throw a party, and that's when the fun really starts ... What readers are saying about Patricia Scanlan's novels: 'Utterly magical and wonderful ... warmth and compassion shine through' MARIAN KEYES 'Like being enfolded in a hug from the great writer herself: warm, comforting and full of love' CATHY KELLY 'There can be little doubt that Patricia Scanlan is the prolific queen of contemporary Irish popular fiction' Sunday Times ''There is a heartbreaking authenticity in her observations' Irish Times 'The ultimate comfort read'Glamour 'A bright, sunny read in which these lives interweave with unexpected results' Sunday Express S magazine

With All My Love

With All My Love

Author: Patricia Scanlan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2014

*** THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER *** On a crystal clear Mediterranean day, Briony McAllister sits playing with her four-year-old daughter, Katie, while she waits for her mother, Valerie, to join them. Valerie has recently moved to a picturesque town in southern Spain to finally leave behind her turbulent past and find a peace that has always eluded her. Briony has no idea that in a few moments' time her relationship with her mother will change irrevocably. As Katie plays, Briony pulls from her bag an old photo album, found in a box in her mother's new home. As she begins to study the faded photos, a letter falls to the ground. The lives of three generations of women are set to change forever as the past is revisited and the truth unfolds through the undelivered letters Tessa wrote to Briony over the years. Secrets, lies, betrayals and sacrifices - the complex bonds between mothers, daughters and granddaughters are intricately explored as Patricia Scanlan takes us into the hearts and homes of a family at war. What readers are saying about Patricia Scanlan's novels: 'Utterly magical and wonderful ... warmth and compassion shine through' MARIAN KEYES 'Like being enfolded in a hug from the great writer herself: warm, comforting and full of love' CATHY KELLY 'There can be little doubt that Patricia Scanlan is the prolific queen of contemporary Irish popular fiction' Sunday Times ''There is a heartbreaking authenticity in her observations' Irish Times 'The ultimate comfort read' Glamour 'A bright, sunny read in which these lives interweave with unexpected results' Sunday Express S magazine

Francesca's Party

Francesca's Party

Author: Patricia Scanlan Format: eBook Release Date: 08/10/2013

As the novel opens, Francesca's banker husband is supposedly off to a conference in Brussels. But when she drops him off at the airport, he forgets his cell phone. Considerate wife that she is, Francesca parks the car, and hurries to catch him before his plane leaves. She catches him all right, just as he's passionately kissing one of his female colleagues like there's no tomorrow.But there is a tomorrow, and what happens in the days to follow is hilarious. Readers will cheer for Francesca all the way to her triumphant revenge. . . .

Two For Joy

Two For Joy

Author: Patricia Scanlan Format: eBook Release Date: 08/10/2013

Oliver Flynn's wedding is the social event of the year, and the creme de la creme of Kilronan are happy to boast of being invited.Noreen, his new wife, has finally outclassed her two sisters, who think they are better than her in every way. Not any more! But there is one nagging doubt: does Oliver really love her? Would he have married her if she hadn't done the proposing herself?Cora Flynn, Oliver's bitter mother, has boycotted the wedding. She is determined that her detested new daughter-in-law will not become the number one woman in her son's life.Wedding guest Lorna Morgan can't wait to shake the dust of Kilronan off her shoes. She's destined for bright city lights, unlike her stick-in-the-mud cousin, Heather Williams, who was only invited to the 'afters' with her clodhopper boyfriend, Neil. But then, in Lorna's eyes, Heather's just an 'afters' sort of person and always will be.But worms turn, and what a difference a year makes. In Dublin, London and New York there is no respite for Noreen, Lorna or Heather. Only in Kilronan can the Pandora's box that was opened at Oliver Flynn's wedding finally be closed.

Winter Blessings Thoughts and Poems to Warm Your Heart

Winter Blessings Thoughts and Poems to Warm Your Heart

Author: Patricia Scanlan Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2006

Widely known as one of Ireland's best-loved writers, here Patricia Scanlan offers readers a glimpse into her own life. In Winter Blessings, Patricia shares her favourite poems, childhood recollection and personal stories that have inspired her spiritual journey - all bound together by the season of short days and frosty nights. From early Christmases with excited siblings in the cocoon of their parents' love to learning poems by rote 'on the hard wooden chairs' of the classroom, and on through later days, suffering from chronic bank pain and struggling to make sense of her own life, here are treasured poems and stories from one woman's life and her journey towards self-understanding and self-healing.

Secrets

Secrets

Author: Patricia Scanlan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2006

Winter Blessings Thoughts and Poems to Warm Your Heart

Winter Blessings Thoughts and Poems to Warm Your Heart

Author: Patricia Scanlan Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2005

Widely known as one of Ireland's best-loved writers, here Patricia Scanlan offers readers a glimpse into her own life. In Winter Blessings, Patricia shares her favourite poems, childhood recollection and personal stories that have inspired her spiritual journey - all bound together by the season of short days and frosty nights. From early Christmases with excited siblings in the cocoon of their parents' love to learning poems by rote 'on the hard wooden chairs' of the classroom, and on through later days, suffering from chronic bank pain and struggling to make sense of her own life, here are treasured poems and stories from one woman's life and her journey towards self-understanding and self-healing. Winter Blessings is a unique and heart-warming book - the perfect fireside companion for all those seeking shelter form that coldest of seasons.