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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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A gorgeous loveable book, to make you cry, smile and even, with perfect timing, roar with laughter. Alice, Dan, and their two daughters are a practically perfect family, when the unthinkable happens, their world is thrown into chaos. Each chapter is written from the perspective of three of the family members, allowing you direct access to different thoughts and feelings. Each tale is so distinctive, grounding you so precisely in that particular moment in time, that it’s almost a shock when you move on. Sinead Moriarty delivers humour in darkness, creating necessary and quite beautiful balance. This tale just gallops along, it is so readable, yet astutely clever, emotional and heartfelt. This is the first book I’ve read by Sinead Moriarty, it most certainly won’t be my last!
This is Sinead Moriarty’s tenth novel and it’s at her heart-warming, tear-jerking best. The Devlin sisters are best friends, but each has a secret in her life that she can’t possibly admit to herself, let alone her sisters, or their little brother, arguably the real star of the book. Cue plenty of life drama, big moments of reveal, heart-ache and reminders of just how wonderful family can be. A great read.
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.
A sensitive tale about modern marriage and life running away with you. There is lots to get your teeth into. Emma’s inability to conceive, adopting young Yuri, then having a baby girl. James losing his job and the family having to move to London for his new one. Emma getting work and obviously a child-minder which is where the problems start. This is a good analysis of working parents not giving enough time to themselves, each other or their family which turns rather sinister.
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 .
Continuing the themes of her first novel, The Baby Trail, our heroine, Emma, attempts to tackle the minefields of adoption. I had no idea it was quite such hard work applying for a baby. Besides learning all about the red tape, we have large chunks of family shenanigans, the big Irish sort! I bet the author comes from such a family herself, she’s brilliant at capturing it all, a great read.Comparison: Patricia Scanlan, Cathy Kelly, Sheila O’Flanagan.Similar this month: Melissa Hill, Sophie King.
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.