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Sinead Moriarty - Author

About the Author

Growing up, Sinead Moriarty was inspired by watching her mother, an author of children's books, writing at the kitchen table. Her childhood dream was to write a novel. It was at the age of thirty, while working as a journalist in London, that she began to write creatively in her spare time - after work, at lunch times ... and, truth be told, during work hours. Her first novel, The Baby Trail, a bitter-sweet story of a couple struggling to have a baby (inspired by her own early difficulties conceiving) was published in 2004 and has been translated into twenty languages. Sinéad Moriarty's novels have sold over half a million copies in Ireland and the UK. She has won over readers and critics telling stories that are funny, humane, moving and relevant to modern women. She lives in her native Dublin with her husband and their three children.

 

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Featured books by Sinead Moriarty

The Good Mother

The Good Mother

Author: Sinead Moriarty Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/11/2017

The Secrets Sisters Keep

The Secrets Sisters Keep

Author: Sinead Moriarty Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/07/2014

Sinead Moriarty's delicious tenth novel, The Secrets Sisters Keep, is the story of three sisters, three life-altering problems and one eternal truth: nobody knows you quite like a sister! Sinead's writing mixes the worldly wit of Jane Green with the down-to-earth warmth and insight of Marian Keyes and will remind people just how important their sisters - and their friends-who-are-like-sisters - are to them. The Devlin sisters rely on each other - but some things are just too painful to share, even when your sisters are your best friends...Mum-of-four Julie thought that if her family had more money, life would be easier. But now that they've inherited a fortune, her problems are only starting. Lawyer Louise is used to having life go exactly as she wants it to. So accepting that she cannot control everything in her world is beyond her. And former model Sophie can just about cope with getting older - that's until her ex-husband finds a younger model. All three women think that some battles are best fought alone. Maybe they need to think again...Praise for Sinead: Moving, disarmingly honest and at times laugh-out-loud funny . (Sunday Times). One of the brightest voices in modern women's fiction . (Bella). Sinead Moriarty can bring readers from hilarity to heartbreak with great deftness . (Sunday Independent). Touching, warm, funny and emotional. She has the gift of telling a very emotive story with grace and empathy . (Woman's Way). Sinead Moriarty lives with her family in Dublin. Her previous titles are: The Baby Trail; A Perfect Match; From Here to Maternity; In My Sister's Shoes; Keeping It In the Family (also titled Whose Life is it Anyway?); Pieces of My Heart; Me and My Sisters; This Child of Mine and Mad About You.

This Child of Mine

This Child of Mine

Author: Sinead Moriarty Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/08/2012

Sinead Moriarty's breathtaking eighth novel, This Child of Mine , is the story of two daughters, two mothers and the extraordinary bond of motherly love. It's a unique blend of the storytelling genius of Jodi Picoult and the compassion and humour of Marian Keyes, in a complex and deeply involving story that will have readers arguing about the nature of motherhood and the rights and wrongs of the characters' actions. Sophie is a happy 18-year-old living in London with Anna, her Irish mother. Anna has devoted her life to Sophie. It may be just the two of them but Anna has more than enough love to give. Sophie has everything she could ever need. Laura is a not-so-happy artist. She too has a daughter, Mandy. But Laura is haunted by the loss of her first child, Jody. Happy-go-lucky as she is, Mandy lives in Jody's shadow and wonders why her mother can never let go. Both mothers carry secrets and cannot forget the day their paths crossed. But a chance discovery is about to bring everything into the open and mothers and daughters, love and lies, past and future, will spectacularly collide. Sinead Moriarty's novels have sold over half a million copies in Ireland and the UK and she is a four times nominee for the popular fiction Irish Book Award. She has won over readers and critics telling stories that are funny, humane, moving and relevant to modern women. This Child of Mine is Sinead at her very best. Sinead Moriarty lives with her family in Dublin. Her previous titles are: The Baby Trail ; A Perfect Match ; From Here to Maternity ; In My Sister's Shoes ; Keeping It In the Family (also titled Whose Life is it Anyway? ); Pieces of My Heart ; and, Me and My Sisters .

Other books by Sinead Moriarty

Our Secrets and Lies

Our Secrets and Lies

Author: Sinead Moriarty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

'Moriarty [tackles] uncomfortable and painful subjects, weaving them into compelling thought-provoking stories ... heartfelt and deeply moving' Irish Independent The new novel from the Richard and Judy Book Club author and Number One Bestseller! When her children are offered a scholarship to a prestigious school Lucy Murphy is ecstatic. Her plan for a glittering future ended when she became pregnant. But there will be no limit to what her twins can achieve. Stuck in her dreams for their imaginary lives, Lucy doesn't see what is right in front of her - that she is thinking of her own ambitions, not her children's. And that life can be challenging for seventeen-year-olds, especially in the era of social media. Until catastrophe strikes, Lucy remains blind to the cost of forcing her wishes on the twins, particularly her sensitive daughter. To have any hope of surviving as a family, all three will have to face up to some surprising and difficult truths . . . 'Both heart-breaking and heart-warming ... a joy to read' Woman's Way Praise for Sinead Moriarty's novels 'A fascinating exploration of difficult subjects ... Moriarty writes with compelling authority' Irish Times 'There is warmth and heart aplenty in this delicately told story' Daily Mail 'OMG! I'm an emotional wreck after reading this novel, probably not helped by the fact that I pulled an all-nighter to finish it ... I just could not put it down' Eileen Dunne, RTE 'Heartfelt and deeply moving ... I couldn't put it down.' Susan Lewis 'We ate this fabulous story up - 4 stars' Heat magazine 'Beautifully written and sensitive' Woman's Way 'Intriguing and thought provoking ... a great read.' Katie Fforde 'Gripping and thought-provoking - I was desperate to discover how it would pan out!' Paige Toon

Our Secrets and Lies

Our Secrets and Lies

Author: Sinead Moriarty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

Can a mother be true to her children if she cannot be true to herself? Having her son and daughter at 21 forced Lucy Murphy to walk away from a glittering future. They are the loves of her life and she is determined that they will have wonderful lives. So a scholarship to a prestigious school seems like a golden opportunity for the twins, the fulfilment of every wish Lucy has for them. But Lucy is confusing her thwarted ambitions with what her children really want. After all, seventeen-year-olds have dreams of their own, dreams they cannot always share with their mother. Until catastrophe strikes, Lucy is blind to the cost of forcing her own wishes on the twins, particularly her sensitive daughter. To have any hope of surviving as a family, all three will have to face up to some surprising and difficult truths ... Our Secrets and Lies is a moving, gripping and thought-provoking story about a mother learning the hardest lesson of all - how to let go of her children and how to live without them. Praise for Sinead Moriarty 'A heart-warming and a heart-breaking story, beautifully written and sensitive' Woman's Way 'A fascinating exploration of difficult subjects ... Moriarty writes with compelling authority' Irish Times 'There is warmth and heart aplenty in this delicately told story' Daily Mail 'OMG! I'm an emotional wreck after reading this novel, probably not helped by the fact that I pulled an all-nighter to finish it ... I just could not put it down' Eileen Dunne, RTE 'Heartfelt and deeply moving ... I couldn't put it down.' Susan Lewis 'We ate this fabulous story up - 4 stars' Heat magazine 'Intriguing and thought provoking ... a great read.' Katie Fforde 'Gripping and thought-provoking - I was desperate to discover how it would pan out!' Paige Toon

Wie wir waren

Wie wir waren

Author: Sinead Moriarty Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2018

Alice und Ben sind das perfekte Paar, verbunden durch ihre Liebe, ihre Kinder. Bis Ben mit den Arzten ohne Grenzen in ein Krisengebiet nach Afrika geht. Kurz darauf erhalt Alice die schlimmste aller Nachrichten: Bens Team wurde uberfallen, niemand habe uberlebt. Plotzlich ist sie Witwe und alleinerziehende Mutter. Alice schwankt zwischen Trauer und Wut auf Ben. Dann lernt sie Dan kennen: gut aussehend, charmant und hilfsbereit. Schlielich gibt sie seinem Werben nach und sagt Ja. Doch am Vorabend der Hochzeit klingelt das Telefon. Es ist Ben. Er lebt, und er will sein altes Leben zuruck ...

The Good Mother

The Good Mother

Author: Sinead Moriarty Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/11/2017

The Good Mother

The Good Mother

Author: Sinead Moriarty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/2017

'A heart-warming and a heart-breaking story, beautifully written and sensitive ... compelling' Woman's Way 'A fascinating exploration of difficult subjects ... Moriarty writes with compelling authority' Irish Times 'There is warmth and heart aplenty in this delicately told story' Daily Mail 'OMG! I'm an emotional wreck after reading this novel, probably not helped by the fact that I pulled an all-nighter to finish it ... I just could not put it down' Eileen Dunne, RTE Kate has been through the fire with her three children ... Having been left devastated and homeless after her husband's affair and the break-up of their family, somehow she has pulled through. Though times are still tough, she's beginning to see the start of a new life. But when twelve-year-old Jesssica is diagnosed with cancer, Kate's resilience is put to the ultimate test. She has an eighteen-year-old son consumed with hatred of his father, a seven-year-old who is bewildered and acting up and an ex-husband who won't face up to his responsibilities. And in the middle of it a beloved child who is trying to be brave but is getting sicker by the day. Kate knows she must put to one side her own fear and heartbreak and do right by her children, particularly Jessica. But maybe doing the right thing means doing the unthinkable? Praise for Sinead Moriarty: 'Heartfelt and deeply moving ... I couldn't put it down.' Susan Lewis 'Intriguing and thought provoking ... a great read.' Katie Fforde 'Gripping and thought-provoking - I was desperate to discover how it would pan out!' Paige Toon 'We ate this fabulous story up - 4 stars' Heat magazine 'Love, lies and longing - this has it all - 4 stars' Woman magazine 'Intriguing - a dramatic twist in the tale will keep you engrossed.' Candis

Me and My Sisters The Devlin sisters, novel 1

Me and My Sisters The Devlin sisters, novel 1

Author: Sinead Moriarty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2012

Sinead Moriarty's heart-warming seventh novel, Me and My Sisters, is the story of how three sisters discover that when the chips are down, no-one will be there for you in quite the same way as a sister who knows you better than you know yourself. It mixes the worldly wit of Jane Green with the down-to-earth insight of Marian Keyes in a story that will have readers thinking again about just how important their sisters are to them. Or wishing they had sisters if they don't. There's more than one way of being a modern woman, not that the Devlin sisters would admit it ... Harassed mum Julie used to be the easy-going one, but now she is struggling to keep sane. She needs support, but how could her sisters understand? After all, their lives are perfect. One drunken mistake is jeopardising everything lawyer Louise has worked so hard for. For a control freak like her, being out of control is terrifying. Despite herself, she too needs her sisters. And gorgeous Sophie's perfect designer lifestyle is falling apart at the seams. She can hardly bring herself to tell the other two the trouble she's in. The Devlin sisters think they have little in common. They might just be in for some big surprises ...

Pieces of My Heart

Pieces of My Heart

Author: Sinead Moriarty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2011

Sinead Moriarty's sixth novel, Pieces of My Heart, is a serious look at a dreadful disease, but it's never a downer because it's filled with Sinead's trademark warmth, humour and compassion. With her thoughtful and insightful analysis of what anorexia can do to a family, Sinead brings to Pieces of My Heart many of the qualities of a Jodi Picoult novel, while still managing to balance the darkness with a lightness of touch that compares with the writing of Marian Keyes. Ava is juggling a life that seems to have too many pieces. First, there are her chalk-and-cheese daughters, Alison the angel and Sarah the tearaway. Then there's husband Paul. Unfortunately, he seems more interested in work than home - which might explain why her sex life is practically on life support. That certainly can't be said about her Viagra-popping Dad, a loveable rogue who is determined to grow old disgracefully. She would envy her best friend Sally, sassy single singleton-about-town, if she didn't know that behind her polished exterior Sally is as vulnerable as a kitten. Somewhere in there is Ava herself, trying to do her best for all of them but lately feeling like she's running on empty. But that's before she notices Alison is in deep trouble. Now she knows there's no such thing as empty - not if she is to hold on to the most precious pieces of her heart ...

Whose Life is it Anyway?

Whose Life is it Anyway?

Author: Sinead Moriarty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2009

In her fifth novel, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Sinead Moriarty has done it again: taken a complex topic - what happens when a young woman falls in love with someone dramatically different than the kind of man her family would have expected - and created an insightful, gripping and moving story filled with delightfully sparky characters, plenty of straight-talking, and all her trademark fun and humour. In balancing of light and shade, pathos and comedy, Sinead manages to pull off a unique feat - a story that combines the provocative qualities of a Jodi Picoult story with the warmth and humour of Marian Keyes. It's tricky for Niamh O'Flaherty, growing up in a North London home that's a shrine to all things Irish. But it's even trickier being an adult and realizing that her family expects her to settle down with a nice Irish lad, especially now that she's living in Dublin. When Niamh finally meets the love of her life he is the last person she would expect to fall for her. Pierre is older and an intellectual, but she loves his ability to laugh at himself, his calmness and strength of character, and, of course, his stunning looks. There's just one problem: if Pierre's parents - Jean and Fleur - are sniffy about their pride and joy hooking up with a girl who writes a fluffy newspaper column, her parents, Mick and Annie, are going to go ballistic when they hear that their daughter intends to marry someone who couldn't be less Irish if he tried . . .

In My Sister's Shoes

In My Sister's Shoes

Author: Sinead Moriarty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2008

In one of the many fantastic reviews for Sinead Moriarty's fourth novel, In My Sister's Shoes, the reviewer praised Sinead's ability to apply 'the light tender touch to dark, painful subjects'. It's a perfect description of how Sinead tells the story of a younger sister stepping in to help out when her older sister is diagnosed with cancer. In a similar way to Marian Keyes, Sinead manages to balance light and dark with wonderful finesse, warmth and humour. Kate O'Brien is thirty and has very little to think about except trying to keep her balance as she totters up London's media-land ladder. Fiona O'Brien is Kate's responsible older sister - with a husband, twin boys, a dog and now ... a life-changing problem. It's a problem that means Kate going back to Dublin. Pronto. There she finds herself stepping into Fiona's shoes - and discovering that she's definitely not cut out to be a domestic goddess. On top of that, the ex she thought she'd got over years ago turns up to haunt her. Will either of the O'Brien sisters survive? And even if they do, can either of them slip back into their old shoes ever again?

The Right Fit

The Right Fit

Author: Sinead Moriarty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2006

This Child of Mine

This Child of Mine

Author: Sinead Moriarty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2005

Sinead Moriarty's breathtaking eighth novel, This Child of Mine, is the story of two daughters, two mothers and the extraordinary bond of motherly love. It's a unique blend of the storytelling genius of Jodi Picoult and the compassion and humour of Marian Keyes, in a complex and deeply involving story that will have readers arguing about the nature of motherhood and the rights and wrongs of the characters' actions. Sophie is a happy 18-year-old living in London with Anna, her Irish mother. Anna has devoted her life to Sophie. It may be just the two of them but Anna has more than enough love to give. Sophie has everything she could ever need. Laura is a not-so-happy artist. She too has a daughter, Mandy. But Laura is haunted by the loss of her first child, Jody. Happy-go-lucky as she is, Mandy lives in Jody's shadow and wonders why her mother can never let go. Both mothers carry secrets and cannot forget the day their paths crossed. But a chance discovery is about to bring everything into the open and mothers and daughters, love and lies, past and future, will spectacularly collide.

The Baby Trail Emma and James, Novel 1

The Baby Trail Emma and James, Novel 1

Author: Sinead Moriarty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/09/2004

Sinead Moriarty poured all her experiences in trying to get pregnant for the first time into her debut novel The Baby Trail. Her heroine Emma Hamilton discovers that the road to conception is far from straightforward and her story is a moving and funny exploration of an experience so central to so many women's lives. The novel established Sinead as a major talent in the tradition of Marian Keyes. TicktockticktockTICKTOCK ... That's Emma Hamilton's biological clock you can hear. She wants a baby and she wants one NOW. But when Mother Nature refuses to play ball, Emma decides to give her a prod - or two. Soon her life is a roller-coaster of post-sex handstands (you can't argue with gravity), hormone-inducing (sanity-reducing) drugs and a veritable army of probing specialists (torturers, more like). It's out with the booze and spontaneous sex, in with green tea and ovulation tests. Emma couldn't have conceived that the road to pregnancy would turn into the mother of all journeys. But she's finding out that once you're on the baby trail, nothing is sacred - and one way or another, life will never be the same again ...

From Here to Maternity Emma and James, Novel 3

From Here to Maternity Emma and James, Novel 3

Author: Sinead Moriarty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2003

Delicious, funny and touching final installment of Emma Hamilton's struggles to become a mother. Just as Emma and her husband James become parents of eight-month-old Russian baby, Yuri, they also find out that Emma is pregnant. Emma discovers that having her dreams come true brings a whole new set of problems as she is faced with well-meaning friends and family - and not-so-well-meaning maternity Nazis - telling her how to be a mother. Only her wonderful calm long-suffering husband, a mad family that makes her look like the down-to-earth sensible one, and fantastic friends whose lives are even crazier than her own, keep Emma from losing it, and in the end she comes through with her usual mix of humour, good-natured hysteria and real heart.

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