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William Wall - Author

About the Author

William Wall is also an award winning poet and short story writer, and the author of several works of fiction for children. His work has appeared in The Irish Times, New Irish Writing and has been broadcast on radio on RTE. He is married with two children and lives in County Cork, Ireland.

Photograph © Denis Hyland

Books by William Wall

Suzy Suzy

Suzy Suzy

Author: William Wall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/04/2019

A startling and gripping novel, Suzy Suzy follows a teenage girl trying to understand the chaos of her family life. Narrated by a troubled young woman, the novel weaves a tale of secrets, lies and betrayal in the pressure cooker of her formative years. Suzy lives in a dysfunctional household. She can't stand her mother; her father is keeping secrets; and her brother only seems to egg on their parents' erratic and unpredictable behaviour. Alongside her friends, Suzy finds herself drawn into the downward spiral of her parents' relationship, and as a result is drawn into the centre of a mystery surrounding a murder. Forced to make impossible choices, Suzy must navigate the increasingly distrubing antics of her family and the oddities of the mystery she finds hself involved in, while also trying to survive the horrors of secondary school. William Wall is an underrated Irish master with a powerful, distinctive writing style, and an uncanny ability to create astonishingly complex and well-realised female protagonists.

Suzy Suzy

Suzy Suzy

Author: William Wall Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/04/2019

A startling and gripping novel, Suzy Suzy follows a teenage girl trying to understand the chaos of her family life. Narrated by a troubled young woman, the novel weaves a tale of secrets, lies and betrayal in the pressure cooker of her formative years. Suzy lives in a dysfunctional household. She can't stand her mother; her father is keeping secrets; and her brother only seems to egg on their parents' erratic and unpredictable behaviour. Alongside her friends, Suzy finds herself drawn into the downward spiral of her parents' relationship, and as a result is drawn into the centre of a mystery surrounding a murder. Forced to make impossible choices, Suzy must navigate the increasingly distrubing antics of her family and the oddities of the mystery she finds hself involved in, while also trying to survive the horrors of secondary school. William Wall is an underrated Irish master with a powerful, distinctive writing style, and an uncanny ability to create astonishingly complex and well-realised female protagonists.

Grace's Day

Grace's Day

Author: William Wall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

An Irish Independent Book of the Year. As the great John McGahern used to say, there's verse, and there's prose, and then there's poetry; William Wall is a poet in both mediums' John Banville. 'An underrated veteran at the peak of his powers' Sunday Times. 'It's this mood of lives irreparably spoiled that make this bitter-tasting tale so potent' Daily Mail. Grace and her mother and sisters live on an island off the west coast of Ireland. Their father is a successful writer of travel books that advocate a simpler way of life, though he is so seldom there that his family become the subjects of his social experiments and his children's freedom is indistinguishable from poverty. Grace and Jeannie take turns to look after their little sister Emily. Then one day - Grace's day - a terrible tragedy occurs that changes everything. This is novel about a world of adult self-indulgence and the consequences of careless decisions and dishonest compromises.

The History of Infant-Baptism

The History of Infant-Baptism

Author: William Wall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/11/2018

The History of Infant-Baptism

The History of Infant-Baptism

Author: William Wall Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2018

The History of Infant-Baptism

The History of Infant-Baptism

Author: William Wall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2018

Grace's Day

Grace's Day

Author: William Wall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

An Irish Independent Book of the Year. As the great John McGahern used to say, there's verse, and there's prose, and then there's poetry; William Wall is a poet in both mediums' John Banville. 'An underrated veteran at the peak of his powers' Sunday Times. 'It's this mood of lives irreparably spoiled that make this bitter-tasting tale so potent' Daily Mail. Grace and her mother and sisters live on an island off the west coast of Ireland. Their father is a successful writer of travel books that advocate a simpler way of life, though he is so seldom there that his family become the subjects of his social experiments and his children's freedom is indistinguishable from poverty. Grace and Jeannie take turns to look after their little sister Emily. Then one day - Grace's day - a terrible tragedy occurs that changes everything. This is novel about a world of adult self-indulgence and the consequences of careless decisions and dishonest compromises.

Grace's Day

Grace's Day

Author: William Wall Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2018

An Irish Independent Book of the Year. As the great John McGahern used to say, there's verse, and there's prose, and then there's poetry; William Wall is a poet in both mediums' John Banville. 'An underrated veteran at the peak of his powers' Sunday Times. 'It's this mood of lives irreparably spoiled that make this bitter-tasting tale so potent' Daily Mail. Grace and her mother and sisters live on an island off the west coast of Ireland. Their father is a successful writer of travel books that advocate a simpler way of life, though he is so seldom there that his family become the subjects of his social experiments and his children's freedom is indistinguishable from poverty. Grace and Jeannie take turns to look after their little sister Emily. Then one day - Grace's day - a terrible tragedy occurs that changes everything. This is novel about a world of adult self-indulgence and the consequences of careless decisions and dishonest compromises.

Thoughts Upon Infant-Baptism, Extracted from a Late Writer

Thoughts Upon Infant-Baptism, Extracted from a Late Writer

Author: William Wall Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2018

Thoughts Upon Infant-Baptism, Extracted from a Late Writer

Thoughts Upon Infant-Baptism, Extracted from a Late Writer

Author: William Wall Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2018

Thoughts Upon Infant-Baptism, Extracted from a Late Writer

Thoughts Upon Infant-Baptism, Extracted from a Late Writer

Author: William Wall Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2018

The Islands Six Fictions

The Islands Six Fictions

Author: William Wall Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2017

Winner of the 2107 Drue Heinz Literature Prize Selected by David Gates William Wall is the first international winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Suddenly I see weeks that are like years stretch out before me. Islands are, more than anything else, places of deprivation. Jeannie, one of the sisters featured in The Islands, comes to this realization at the age of six or seven, as her father leaves their island home yet again to work on his latest book. In this collection of interconnected stories, the beautiful and ravaging forces of sea and land collide with the forces of human nature, through isolation and family, love and loss, madness and revelation. The stories follow the lives of two sisters and the people who come and go in their lives, much like the tides. Dominated by the tragic loss of a third sister at a young age, their family spirals out of control. We witness three stages of the sisters' lives, each taking place on an island-in southwest Ireland, southern England, and the Bay of Naples. Beautifully and sparsely written, the stories deeply evoke landscape and character, and are suffused with a keen eye for detail and metaphor.

The Yellow House

The Yellow House

Author: William Wall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2017

The History of Infant-Baptism

The History of Infant-Baptism

Author: William Wall Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/08/2017

The History of Infant-Baptism

The History of Infant-Baptism

Author: William Wall Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/08/2015

Thoughts Upon Infant-Baptism, Extracted from a Late Writer

Thoughts Upon Infant-Baptism, Extracted from a Late Writer

Author: William Wall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2010

Thoughts Upon Infant-Baptism, Extracted from a Late Writer

Thoughts Upon Infant-Baptism, Extracted from a Late Writer

Author: William Wall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2010

Thoughts Upon Infant-Baptism, Extracted from a Late Writer

Thoughts Upon Infant-Baptism, Extracted from a Late Writer

Author: William Wall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2010

The History of Infant-Baptism, in Two Parts. ... by W. Wall, ... Volume 2 of 2

The History of Infant-Baptism, in Two Parts. ... by W. Wall, ... Volume 2 of 2

Author: William Wall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2010

The History of Infant-Baptism, in Two Parts. ... by W. Wall, ... Volume 1 of 2

The History of Infant-Baptism, in Two Parts. ... by W. Wall, ... Volume 1 of 2

Author: William Wall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2010

This is the Country

This is the Country

Author: William Wall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2006

In an Ireland far removed from the familiar images of travel brochures, a bright teenager is heading for trouble: son of a single mother who has given up, rarely at school, taking drugs, and hovering on the fringes of the city's criminal underworld. When he falls for Pat The Baker's sister his life changes irrevocably, not least because when she gets pregnant, Pat breaks his legs. But as he tries to make a new start and adjust to being a lover and father, he realises he cannot evade vengeance forever. THIS IS THE COUNTRY is a hard-hitting, tense and deeply moving novel that sets power and corruption against the fragile defences of love, friendship and family. As gritty as it is tender, as funny as it is dark, it tells a riveting tale of survival against the odds.

Alice Falling

Alice Falling

Author: William Wall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2000

Mathematics

Mathematics

Author: William Wall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2000

Mathematics

Mathematics

Author: William Wall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2000

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