Anita Notaro is a TV producer, journalist and director, and worked for RTE, Ireland's national broadcasting organization, for eighteen years. She has directed the Eurovision Song Contest and the Irish General Election, as well as programmes for the BBC and Channel 4. Her novel TAKE A LOOK AT ME NOW was the winner of the Galaxy Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year in 2008.
Lulu just needs more time – time to relax, time to have fun with her friends and, most importantly, time to find the perfect man who’s eluded her for far too long. So she packs in her job as a therapist, ditches the swanky apartment, waves goodbye to her soft-top car and embraces a simpler life. But then a terrible tragedy strikes and Lulu realizes that it isn’t that easy to escape the past after all. Can she deal with her unfinished business and make the perfect life she longs for?
Be careful what you wish for... Antonia has always put everyone else before herself. Shy and quiet, her life in a small village in Wicklow has been devoted to her invalid mother and singing in the local church choir. Somehow, it's easier that way. But when she is left alone her friends encourage her to audition for a television talent show. Blessed with a glorious singing voice, she is suddenly thrust into the limelight and enters the world of celebrity and glamour. She's the Girl from Nowhere, but can she cope with this startling new life? Antonia discovers that this business is tougher than she ever thought possible, but also that she's stronger than she thought she was. And she finds that help can come from the most unexpected places...
Most of us can remember a defining moment in our lives. A split second when time stood still and our lives changed forever. For Lily Ormond, that moment came late one night when she answered a knock on the door and discovered that while she'd been smashing garlic and rosemary and watching the soaps, her sister Alison had drowned. Coming to terms with losing her only sibling and best friend was devastating, becoming a mother overnight to Ali's three-year-old son Charlie was mind-boggling, but discovering that her identical twin had been leading a secret life for years was almost Lily's undoing... And so begins a journey linked with four men who'd been part of a life she hadn't even known existed. A journey that forces Lily to come to terms with a father who'd never really cared for her, a child who needs her too much and a sister who wasn't what she seemed.
Life in general is getting in the way of Pam, Maggie, Ellie and Toni losing weight. And the men aren't helping either. There's an ex-husband who suddenly wants his children; a rich, powerful playboy who has everything, including a wife at home; a boyfriend who has serious difficulty opening his wallet and an employer who isn't what he seems. No doubt about it, drastic action is needed. And so the Women Watching Weight Club is born - a last-ditch attempt at halting the sharp decline in willpower that goes hand in hand with the stress and trauma of everyday living. There's only one problem though - with so much real-life drama going on all around them, the girls are never going to find it easy... The WWW Club - a tale of calories, gossip, laughter, a little romance...and the enduring power of female friendship.
Little girls dream ... Libby Marlowe did. And a fairy godmother sprinkled her with gold dust and it all came true. She got her castle and her handsome prince, and as this was a modern-day fairy tale they even threw in a glamorous career as a celebrity chef. As one half of the couple everyone wanted to be like, it was all going in the direction of Happy Ever After until late one night when the dream began to unravel. Years earlier, someone trod less than softly on Annie Weller's dreams and she's still feeling the squash. As a teenager she lost her mother, in her twenties a serious illness almost ended her acting career and now, approaching thirty, insecurity and failure are her constant companions. Until, early one morning, opportunity knocks on the door. Will she let it in? Two women whose paths would ordinarily never cross. Two lives about to spiral, but in opposing directions. Two very different stories played out in the media spotlight, welding a unique friendship, BEHIND THE SCENES.