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Fionnuala Kearney lives in Ascot with her husband. They have two grown-up daughters (both with deliberately simple monosyllabic names). One of seven children, Fionnuala likes to write about the nuances and subtle layers of human relationships, peeling them away to see what's really going on beneath.
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The normal, the extraordinary, the highest ups and very deepest downs, this absolutely gorgeous book is about life, in all of its wonderful, charming, heartbreaking glory. I’m very conscious about the fact that I will probably gush with enthusiasm because I quite simply adored it, sorry (not sorry), you’ll just have to go with me on this one. Erin and Dom marry in 1996, and her father gives them an empty book, a book to write what can not be said, an opportunity to create honesty, love, commitment, and so we are introduced to The Book of Love. Little excerpts from the book start each chapter, we hear from either Erin or Dom as we view their life, travelling in time from now which is 2017, and then, which starts in 1996 and travels forward to meet now. I will warn you that I whimpered and cried, I also smiled, laughed, and felt the joy of this couple, but there are points when I really really cried. Fionnuala Kearney allows you to get to know Erin and Dom without judgement getting in the way, she writes with huge compassion and brings their story to vibrant life, this is glorious writing, just glorious. I gobbled up the words, which join together to create a simple, touchable, beautiful tale. The Book of Love is one of my picks of the month, yes, yes, I loved it! Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.
One of our Books of the Year 2016. A mesmerising and eloquently emotional novel exposing the complexity of relationships and the hidden, the things left unsaid and untold. I adored Fionnuala Kearney’s debut novel, so was very much looking forward to ‘The Day I Lost You’. She has the ability to see beneath normality, to the darker side within, and she writes with the perfect blend of heartbreak and hope. 48 year old Jess’s daughter Anna is reported missing in an avalanche, releasing a deluge of hurt, suspicion and the discovery of secrets. The focus remains on Jess, Anna, and Theo (their friend), their stories written in different ways, ensuring the transition from each flows, highlighting their individual thoughts and emotions. The supporting cast of characters are beautifully realised and makes this wonderful family drama feel realistic and touchable. As little quivers of suspicion started to arise and my mind darted to and fro, Fionnuala Kearney maintained a subtle balance, encouraging me to trust my instincts, yet laying artful trip hazards along the way. ‘The Day I Lost You’ is touching, heart wrenching, and I found myself completely lost in this gorgeously written tale. ~ Liz Robinson October 2016 Book of the Month.
July 2015 Debut of the Month. A fabulous debut novel, You, Me and Other People is clever, wistful and endearing. Beth and Adam have been married for years, secrets also kept for years are set to rampage though and trample over their lives. In alternate chapters over several months we hear from them both, as time passes, shocks, surprises and all the emotions they bring, lie in wait. While Fionnuala Kearney covers heartbreak and despair, this is not a melancholy book, instead it is full of smiles, warmth and hope. The author writes with a beautiful heartfelt balance, it feels as though she has reached into her characters hearts and minds and exposed their inner core. it is difficult to put this wonderful book down, each page encourages you to keep reading and once finished, to look forward with anticipation to the author's next novel. Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.
The stunning debut novel from Fionnuala Kearney - already a Top Ten Irish Times bestseller THEY SAY EVERY FAMILY HAS SKELETONS IN THEIR CLOSET . . . But what happens when you open the door and they won't stop tumbling out? For Adam and Beth the first secret wasn't the last, it was just the beginning. You think you can imagine the worst thing that could happen to your family, but there are some secrets that change everything. And then the question is, how can you piece together a future when your past is being rewritten? For fans of Liane Moriarty, Jojo Moyes and David Nicholls.
Der Tag, an dem Jess ihre Tochter Anna bei einem Lawinenungluck verliert, ist der Tag, der alles verandert. Und zwar viel weitreichender, als Jess in ihrer unfassbaren Trauer zunachst glaubt. Wahrend sie sich um Annas funfjahrige Tochter Rose kummert und versucht, zuruck ins Leben zu finden, wird nach und nach klar, dass ihre Tochter ein ganz anderes Leben gefuhrt hat, als alle glaubten. Das Geheimnis erschuttert Jess und stellt auch die beginnende Liebe zu Theo auf eine harte Probe, und sie muss sich einen eigenen Weg zur Versohnung bahnen...Eine herzzereiende, lebenskluge Geschichte um Liebe, Verlust und die Frage, wie gut wir unsere Nachsten kennen.
'Incredibly moving, it's beautifully written and page-turning' Susan Lewis'A heart-stopping read' Anna McPartlin, author of Richard and Judy book club pick, The Last Days of Rabbit HayesTHE DAY I LOST YOU WAS THE DAY I DISCOVERED I NEVER REALLY KNEW YOUWhen Jess's daughter, Anna, is reported lost in an avalanche, everything changes.Jess's first instinct is to protect Rose, Anna's five-year-old daughter. But then she starts to uncover Anna's other life - unearthing a secret that alters their whole world irrevocably . . .THE DAY I LOST YOU WAS THE DAY YOU TORE OUR FAMILY APARTThe perfect emotional and absorbing story for fans of Jojo Moyes and David Nicholls.
The stunning debut novel from Fionnuala Kearney - already a Top Ten Irish Times bestsellerTHEY SAY EVERY FAMILY HAS SKELETONS IN THEIR CLOSET . . .But what happens when you open the door and they won't stop tumbling out?For Adam and Beth the first secret wasn't the last, it was just the beginning.You think you can imagine the worst thing that could happen to your family, but there are some secrets that change everything.And then the question is, how can you piece together a future when your past is being rewritten?For fans of Liane Moriarty, Jojo Moyes and David Nicholls.
Seit zwanzig Jahren sind Beth und Adam ein Paar - bis Adam wieder schwach wird, das eine Mal zuviel. Die Wunde nach seinem letzten Seitensprung ist gerade erst verheilt und Beth kann die neue Affare einfach nicht ertragen. Zum Gluck ist ihre gemeinsame Tochter mit vierzehn Jahren aus dem Grobsten heraus, also setzt Beth ihren Mann kurzerhand vor die Tur, beginnt eine Therapie und versucht einen beruflichen Neuanfang als Songwriterin. Und sie hat Gluck: Ausgerechnet der Titelsong zu einem Liebesfilm konnte ihr groer Durchbruch werden. Ihr Mitgefuhl fur den zerknirschten Adam, der nach der Trennung uberhaupt nicht mehr auf die Beine kommt, halt sich in Grenzen. Doch dann lasst ihr Ex bei einem Treffen die nachste Bombe platzen: Adam hat einen unehelichen achtjahrigen Sohn, der an Leukamie erkrankt ist. Und ausgerechnet die gemeinsame Tochter ist die Einzige, die ihm helfen kann ...