60+ Outstanding Novels by Irish Writers — Brilliant Books You’ll Want to Discover, Delight in, Cherish and Relish on St Patrick’s Day and Beyond

WB Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, Iris Murdoch — Ireland’s roster of literary greats reads like a register of the world’s best writers, packing tremendous punch across all genres and forms, from poetry and plays, to ground-breaking novels.

But it’s not all about the distant past – Ireland certainly isn’t short of exceptional writers from more recent days and contemporary times. To find out more about Ireland’s vibrant contemporary writing scene, read our Industry Insights feature with Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin, writer of thrilling, bestselling crime novels as Sam Blake, and founder and managing director of Ireland’s seminal national writing resources website, www.writing.ie.

Like their illustrious predecessors, the authors in this Collection span all manner of genres and forms. Mention must be made of Edna O’Brien, who’s been blazing a trail for truth and literary excellence since 1960 when her first novel was published. She’s a one-of-a-kind writer whose novels centre women’s experiences, often casting an honest, insightful light on repression, emotional isolation and ill-fated romantic relationships.

Then there’s Marian Keyes, a national treasure whose bestselling novels tackle emotional turmoil with tremendous wit and warmth — writing stories that are funny, compelling, and so full of thought-provoking heart in one fell swoop is a rare skill indeed.

Honesty is a feature of the work of many of the writers included in this collection, among them Roddy Doyle and Frank McCourt, whose moving stories of working class lives, struggles, endurance and survival have seen them garner global acclaim.

Talking of honesty and global acclaim, Sally Rooney’s multi-award-winning novels have become major cultural events, with fans queuing around the block to get their hands on her latest. What’s more, like a number of her Irish literary forebears, Rooney boldly defies convention (no speech marks) to create boldly honest stories. In the words of one of our reviewers: “Her compelling writing just grabs you and her way of investigating the complexity of relationships and dynamics is just so incisive”.

On the theme of defying convention, Sarah Crossan’s novels-in-verse are mind-blowingly brilliant (some of the most moving, memorable books I’ve ever read), while fans of crime fiction and psychological thrillers will want to dive into everything Jane Casey and Tana French have written.

There really are far too many amazing Irish writers to do justice to even a fraction of them here (not that we’re complaining, of course), so the following list showcases some of the best books some by those talents. Sláinte!

Montpelier Parade

Montpelier Parade

Author: Karl Geary Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/01/2017

Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, First Novel Award Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. A deeply affecting debut about limitations and longing, lust and devotion between a working class boy and an enigmatic older woman.Dubliner Sonny first meets Vera while he’s helping his labourer dad work at her well-to-do Montpelier Parade house. He’s a directionless working class boy who thieves, fights and doesn’t fit in. His dad is a gambler and his mum works hard to keep their family afloat. Vera is beautiful, richer, older and English, and has no family, as far as Sonny is aware. A second chance encounter further arouses his fascination, and then she turns up at the butcher’s he works in and offers him odd job work. When Vera collapses, Sonny is the only one there to come to her rescue, while she, in turn, opens his eyes and heart to a hitherto hidden world of literature and art. Until meeting Vera, he “never had a book”, since “books were not meant for boys who cut meat”. Their relationship is evoked with sharp intensity, and a cutting awareness that this is transitory for them both. “I think years from now you’ll understand this and hate me for it”, Vera remarks as they lie in bed. The uncommon use of a second person narrative has a mesmerising and intensifying effect. Throughout we listen in on Sonny addressing himself; lonely, drifting, struggling, with an especially moving epiphany coming when he feels “sudden emotion” for his mother and plans to buy her “something nice”. This is a tender, tense coming-of-age story, with a masterfully executed denouement. ~ Joanne Owen The Costa Judges say: ‘A beautifully-written story about the pain and wonder of love found in unexpected places.’

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Beautiful World, Where Are You

Beautiful World, Where Are You

Author: Sally Rooney Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/09/2021

One of literature’s brightest talents and most talked about authors of her generation, Sally Rooney follows up 2018 Waterstones Book of the Year and Costa Novel Award Winner Normal People with another sure-fire award winner. Once you get past the fact that Sally Rooney isn’t a lover of conventional punctuation (there are no speech marks in her work), you sink into this beautiful novel following the life and love, the trials and tribulations of four young Irish friends. Yet again you are gripped from the first page with her searingly honest observational prose and dialogue. Both first books Normal People and Conversations with Friends featured characters in late adolescence and early adulthood struggling through first relationships whilst starting to find their way in the world. Just four years after her debut, this is another twenty-first-century love story of sexual entanglements and love lives of two best friends on the eve of their thirties. Alice, a successful novelist who has moved to the Irish countryside following a breakdown meets Felix a warehouse worker with a troubled past, via Tinder. Her best friend Eileen is in Dublin, working for a literary magazine, working through a painful break up and still battling with the on-off “friends with benefits” relationship between her and one of their oldest friends Simon. Her compelling writing just grabs you and her way of investigating the complexity of relationships and dynamics is just so incisive. Whilst you feel they are “ordinary”, “normal” people, the beautiful dialogue is interspersed with long narratives on email between Eileen and Alice. So cleverly done, rhetorical and didactic and it really serves to getting you thinking about the current state of our social fabric, of society, our global challenges, day to day political helplessness and environmental collapse. And it gets you to thinking: beautiful world, where are you? Beautiful? Yes. Serious? Definitely. I loved it. Barriers and all. Magnum opus. Without a doubt.

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Normal People

Normal People

Author: Sally Rooney Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/05/2019

A beautiful albeit painful story of the 4 year on-off relationship between two Irish teenagers. You feel the highs and the lows, the awkwardness yet exquisite nature of first love as well as the agony. Oh, the agony. Marianne is a loner at school, proud, intense, very clever, from a household without love or attention. Callum is charming, sporty, popular and intelligent. An unlikely match made even less likely by Callum’s mother being Marianne’s housekeeper but they have chemistry and a connection they can’t deny. Their relationship begins in secret adding to the challenges and feelings of worthlessness, so when you add in lashings of self doubt from both sides, you can see how the rollercoaster builds. All the memories of our formative years flash back as we become engrossed in their story. Just two normal people who fall in love. As the chapters alternate between our star-crossed lovers you will them together, you implore them to make it work. Always so far and yet so close. So close and yet so far. As their journey continues at Trinity College, Marianne blossoms and Callum shrinks into the background, losing his way, now the outsider feeling so out of place away from home. As they drift in and out of each other’s lives you are so emotionally invested in this oh so real love story. Bravo to Sally Rooney for her stunning narrative and writing which elevates this to another level. Be prepared to be heartbroken, just like the first time.

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Conversations with Friends

Conversations with Friends

Author: Sally Rooney Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2018

Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018 A searing, sometimes painful, yet fully rich and fascinating read. 21 year old student Frances, and her ex-girlfriend Bobbi are interviewed by Melissa about their spoken word performances. They are invited to enter Melissa’s world, they meet her actor husband, their friends, join parties, even a holiday, yet as friendships form and blossom, one particular relationship threatens all. Sally Rooney writes with a beautifully observant pen, she sees beneath the skin, testing, sifting through thoughts and feelings. Frances is one of the most intriguing characters I have met, incredibly bright and witty, she places herself on the edge of things, and can be frustrating, vulnerable, yet sharply aware and considered. I found myself analysing my thoughts as this dance of nerves and feelings began to close.  ‘Conversations with Friends’ can be uncomfortable and comforting in equal measures, this isn’t a neatly bound experience, instead it’s complicated, riveting, exciting, and certainly doesn’t end when the final page is turned.

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Mr Salary

Mr Salary

Author: Sally Rooney Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/2019

Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes, presents masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles. My love for him felt so total and so annihilating that it was often impossible for me to see him clearly at all. Years ago, Sukie moved in with Nathan because her mother was dead and her father was difficult, and she had nowhere else to go. Now they are on the brink of the inevitable. Sally Rooney is one of the most acclaimed young talents of recent years. With her minute attention to the power dynamics in everyday speech, she builds up sexual tension and throws a deceptively low-key glance at love and death.

Here is the Beehive

Here is the Beehive

Author: Sarah Crossan Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2021

Ana and Connor have been having an affair for three years. In hotel rooms and coffee shops, swiftly deleted texts and briefly snatched weekends, they have built a world with none but the two of them in it. But then the unimaginable happens, and Ana finds herself alone, trapped inside her secret. How can we lose someone the world never knew was ours? How do we grieve for something no one else can ever find out? In her desperate bid for answers, Ana seeks out the shadowy figure who has always stood just beyond her reach - Connor's wife Rebecca. Peeling away the layers of two overlapping marriages, Here is the Beehive is a devastating excavation of risk, obsession and loss.

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Toffee

Toffee

Author: Sarah Crossan Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Another insightful and compassionate free verse novel from the queen of this increasingly admired form, this time exploring the transformative relationship between an abused runaway teenager and an elderly lady with dementia. Allison has grown up “stepping on eggshells” to circumvent her father’s violence. While she often wonders whether his behaviour was “all my fault”, one of his outbursts compels her to run away. With nowhere to go, she finds sanctuary in the house of an elderly woman called Marla. Marla has dementia and thinks Allison is Toffee, her best friend from childhood. After spending some time in Marla’s company, Allison decides to “stop correcting her… I like the idea of being sweet and hard, a girl with a name for people to chew on.” Moreover, in meeting Marla, Allison has found an unlikely kindred spirit: “I am not who I say I am. Marla isn’t who she thinks she is… Here, in this house, I am so much happier than I have ever been”. Returning the favour, Allison enriches Marla’s life – she listens, she indulges Marla’s desire to dance - while Marla’s carer and son show no real regard for her happiness, as if she’s beyond life, which makes Allison’s attentiveness all the more heart warming. Both vulnerable, they find strength through each other. With incredibly moving insight, Marla says of Allison’s dad, “none of it was about you. It was about him. It’s always about him. Surely you know that.” The writing is compellingly fluid, flowing freely between Allison’s precarious present and the tragic, abusive circumstances that sent her careering down this path. While fleeting, the impact of their time together is monumental, and I felt privileged to have spent time in their company.

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Moonrise

Moonrise

Author: Sarah Crossan Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2018

A book to break your heart, quicken your blood and stir your soul by one of the most outstandingly distinctive writers to have emerged in a long, long time.   New Yorker Joe Moon was only seven when he took the call in which his big brother Ed told him he'd been arrested because “they think I done something real bad”. That “something” led to Ed winding up on death row, convicted of murdering a cop, though he insists he’s innocent. Ten years later, now Ed’s execution date has been set, Joe travels to Texas to say goodbye. The sublimely-formed structure slips between present and past, recounting the brothers’ troubled upbringing - how their Mom took off; how Aunt Karen took control and decided that Bible study and never mentioning Ed again was the only route to their salvation. While she insists that there’s no point wasting life or money helping someone who wasn’t sorry, Joe sees things differently. “He's my brother,” and that’s really all that matters. He has to see him. Lawyer Al, who’s taken on Ed’s case for free, offers some hope, but time is running out. “It's better to be guilty and rich, I reckon,” Joe remarks, as he experiences the excruciating injustices of a legal system in which the harshness of a sentence depends on where a crime takes place, who the victim was, and who you can afford to pay to represent you (crucially, Ed had no representation when he was first arrested). Once again, Crossan's free verse form is breathtakingly powerful - always the right word, in the right place, at the right time. Yes, this is harrowing and heartbreaking, but the kindness of the strangers Joe meets in Texas is achingly uplifting, as is the deep bond of love between Joe and Ed. This really is a magnificent feat of writing.

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Apple and Rain

Apple and Rain

Author: Sarah Crossan Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/02/2015

Apple is sure that one day her mother will return. And when that happens she is sure that everything in her life will be good again. But when Mum does return, Apple finds that what you wish for may not always be what you really want. With the arrival of mum, Apple’s life is turned upside down. Home, school and most of all, what she really thinks about all those around her, are all thrown into confusion. Can Apple find happiness in a new way of life? Apple’s poems help her to tell this touching story of an unhappy and complicated family life.

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One

One

Author: Sarah Crossan Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2016

Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Children's Book Award 2016. Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Winner of The Bookseller's 2016 prize for young adult fiction. Ireland's Children's Book of the Year Award 2016.  Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells an astonishing and difficult story with the surest of touches in this tender, funny and life affirming book. Grace and Tippi are twins. Not just twins but conjoined twins, sharing the lower half of their bodies. Somehow they have always managed to be individuals while also part of each other. Now teenagers, Tippi and Grace are facing increasing difficulties. They are off to school for the first time meeting new experiences and especially new friendships and relationships. While Tippi longs for things to remain the same, Grace yearns for something more. Falling in love with classmate Jon she begins to imagine a future full of romance and love. But will there be a future for Grace and Tippi? When a desperate decision needs to be taken the girls lives must change forever. Sarah Crossan tells an original and utterly gripping story brilliantly. One of our Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Year 2015

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The Love Object Selected Stories of Edna O'Brien

The Love Object Selected Stories of Edna O'Brien

Author: Edna O'Brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2014

Whether or not you have previously read any of O’Brien’s works, this is a perfectly sublime book of short stories, first published between 1968 and 2011. O’Brien has an impeccable touch, her writing is clever, understated, and she has the great gift of being able to make observations without judgement, allowing the reader to make their own decisions. These short stories don't feel as though they've been created but have evolved naturally without unnecessary tampering or adornment. You can feel as though you've been invited to bear witness, allowed a glimpse and peak into real lives. It can feel like a conversation, a something and nothing with no particular point, soft and dreamlike, but later returning to claw and clamour at your consciousness. So, whether you re-discover some old much loved friends or greet new acquaintances destined to become close companions…this is quite simply, a must read. ~ Liz Robinson   August 2014 Book of the Month.   Click here to see Night by the same author.

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Night

Night

Author: Edna O'Brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2014

Edna O’Brien is one of Ireland’s greatest storytellers and following the popularity of her recent memoir Country Girl several of her older novels are being brought back into print. Night was first published in 1972 and is narrated in a single night by Mary Hooligan, an extraordinary character who has lived and loved far fuller than many of us would want to. From her childhood in Coose, through marriage, a son, numerous lovers and time spent here, there and everywhere, hers is a rich and deeply involving reflection of life. Brief, shocking and riveting.   Click here to see The Love Object by the same author.

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The Light of Evening

The Light of Evening

Author: Edna O'Brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2007

Edna O'Brien returns to the world of her debut novel, The Country Girls, in an inspired account of a dying mother and her daughter.

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Saints and Sinners

Saints and Sinners

Author: Edna O'Brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/02/2011

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 February 2011. A collection that is characterised by the author's powerful evocations of place and a glorious and an often heart-breaking grasp of people and their desires and contradictions.

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Let the Dead Speak

Let the Dead Speak

Author: Jane Casey Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/08/2017

An absolute belter of a crime novel, and the seventh in the ‘Maeve Kerrigan’ series. 18 year old Chloe returns home to find her mum missing and the house drenched in blood, Maeve, in her new role as a DS, investigates. The first chapter set my senses on high alert, and I remained that way, evaluating, questioning, yet almost inhaling the action. Jane Casey writes with an assured hand, the investigators feel authentic, the investigation covers the painstaking research undertaken, the relationships between the team, as well as the riveting drama. I can’t believe that this is my first foray into this series, I’m going to have to hunt down the first six now! ‘Let The Dead Speak’ is unpredictable, fast moving, and action-packed, it’s a thrilling swaggering story and I highly recommend it. ~ Liz Robinson

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The Reckoning

The Reckoning

Author: Jane Casey Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/07/2011

August 2011 Book of the Month. A Maxim Jakubowski Great Female Crime Sleuth. DC MAEVE KERRIGAN - Maeve is an ambitious but initially experienced detective constable keen to make her mark on the murder task force and has appeared in three impressive psychological thrillers so far. The plots she has to unravel are impeccably weaved and unfold dexterously while maintaining a strong sense of place and a compulsive, menacing atmosphere. Driven by a strong sense of justice, she is a character younger female readers will find easy to identify with. Definitely one for the future.   The Lovereading view... The Reckoning is an incredibly satisfying psychological thriller from the bestselling author of THE MISSING and THE BURNING.  Compulsive and menacing it once again features Maeve Kerrigan, ayoung Anglo-Irish detective serving in the Met's murder squad. Jane Casey's debut novel THE MISSING was shortlisted for the IRISH CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD.

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The Burning

The Burning

Author: Jane Casey Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/11/2010

November 2010 Book of the Month. This is the new psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of The Missing. A serial killer is on the loose who wants to watch his victims’ burn and DC Maeve Kerrigan is determined to put a stop to him but how when you have no clues to who he is?… It’s gripping and utterly compulsive leaving you gasping for breath as you get to the last page. Jane Casey's new novel, The Reckoning, is out now. Visit our 'Women's Words - 60+ works of feminist-minded fiction' to explore our collection of feminist-minded fiction from around the world, and across centuries.

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The Missing

The Missing

Author: Jane Casey Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2010

February 2010 Debut of the Month. A terrific novel taking place in two separate times, 16 years apart, but with both disappearances affecting one character.  It is very well structured, a most impressive first novel, a psychological thriller that builds to a gripping solution.   Jane Casey's new novel, The Reckoning, is out now.    Comparison: Nicci French, Sophie Hannah.

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The Wych Elm

The Wych Elm

Author: Tana French Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/02/2019

An engrossing thriller replete with family drama, psychological intrigue, cunningly-plotted deeds, authentically complex characters and a tree-lodged skeleton at its root. With a good job, adoring girlfriend, loyal mates and wealthy family, Toby is a privileged sort whose life implodes when he’s badly beaten by thieves who break into his Dublin apartment. Left with some speech and mobility impairment and memory loss, Toby decides to move into the rambling family home to be with his terminally ill genealogist uncle. Soon after, while Toby struggles with the trauma and effects of the beating, a skeleton is found inside an ancient wych elm in the garden, and it’s not long before detectives find a connection with Toby. The gritty, authentic portrayal of family dynamics centres around a set of bickering cousins, whose bitter teenage experiences rear their heads as a truly multi-layered mystery unfolds. Toby being a quintessential unreliable narrator adds further tension to the tale, with unexpected twists coming to the very end. This character-driven crime thriller sure packs a powerful paranoia-fuelled punch.

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The Secret Place

The Secret Place

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2015

April 2015 Book of the Month. A stunning murder mystery, yes, Tana French has awards that say so, but as with all her novels it is so much more.  An exploration of friendship, the deep do-or-die kind, and an intricate peek into the teenage psyche, a forgotten world for many of us.  It steps right up to the cusp of the supernatural, it draws you in and sweeps you along.  Told partly in first person by Stephen Moron, who we know from a previous book (which you do not have to read to enjoy this) and partly as the narrative of what happened the year before, the events lead slowly and inevitably to a killing.  It is a beautiful book, a compelling book, an amazing book.  And check out her others; they’re amazing too.

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Broken Harbour

Broken Harbour

Author: Tana French Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin - half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned - two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad's star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself. But there are too many inexplicable details and the evidence is pointing in two directions at once. Scorcher's personal life is tugging for his attention. Seeing the case on the news has sent his sister Dina off the rails again, and she's resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family, one summer at Broken Harbour, back when they were children. The neat compartments of his life are breaking down, and the sudden tangle of work and family is putting both at risk ...

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Making it Up as I Go Along

Making it Up as I Go Along

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

‘Making It Up As I Go Along’ was just as I imagined it would be, warm, honest, lovely, funny and highly entertaining. This is a collection of articles written by Marian Keyes, some previously published, some not, from health and beauty, to things she loves, to people she has met. The Lexicon at the beginning of the book is an extremely informative and chuckle inducing read and you can learn the meaning of various words including ‘agin’ and ‘craythur’. As Marian herself says, this is a book you can start wherever takes your fancy and you can dip in and out along the way. You know you really love a book when you insist on reading the good bits out loud to whoever happens to be closest to you at that time, my husband has consequently heard almost as much as I’ve read. I now feel as though I know Marian, enough indeed, to know that even though tempted, I wouldn't want to stow away in one of her suitcases when she travels to far flung places with ‘Himself’, and thats because her luggage so often goes walkabout/missing at airports. Oh, and I probably wouldn't want to go shoe shopping with her either! Click here to read some of Marian's hilariously candid and heartfelt observations on modern life… Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.

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The Woman Who Stole My Life

The Woman Who Stole My Life

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/05/2015

One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. A fluctuating time scale, all from Stella’s viewpoint, makes this a little disjointed and convoluted in a long book with a huge amount of incident. Stella is hit with Guillain-Barre, the illness which attacks the linings of the nerves and she ends up in intensive care on life support with only her eyelids able to move. She communicates by blinking, a bit like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. She too writes a book, or her neurologist does. How all this works out is fascinating. Quite a different work for Ms Keyes, very sensitive and thought-provoking. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Grown Ups

Grown Ups

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2021

ARE YOU TIRED OF BEING A GROWN UP? WHY NOT ESCAPE IT ALL WITH MARIAN KEYES' BRAND NEW NO. 1 IRISH BESTSELLER. They're a glamorous family, the Caseys. Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together - birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends away. And they're a happy family. Johnny's wife, Jessie - who has the most money - insists on it. Under the surface, though, conditions are murkier. While some people clash, other people like each other far too much . . . Everything stays under control until Ed's wife Cara, gets concussion and can't keep her thoughts to herself. One careless remark at Johnny's birthday party, with the entire family present, starts Cara spilling out all their secrets. In the subsequent unravelling, every one of the adults finds themselves wondering if it's time - finally - to grow up? 

The Break

The Break

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/04/2018

'Myself and Hugh . . . We're taking a break.' 'A city-with-fancy-food sort of break?' If only. Amy's husband Hugh says he isn't leaving her. He still loves her, he's just taking a break - from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to lose himself in south-east Asia. And there is nothing Amy can say or do about it. Yes, it's a mid-life crisis, but let's be clear: a break isn't a break up - yet . . . However, for Amy it's enough to send her - along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers - teetering over the edge. For a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns if he returns, will he be the same man she married? Will Amy be the same woman? Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then isn't she?

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The Other Side of the Story

The Other Side of the Story

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/03/2005

A few years ago contemporary, frothy romances were labelled ‘chic lit’ and as the genre became popular, so publishers responded with a lot of indifferent offerings, swamping the market. A number of authors rose above the ‘also ran’ and really stood out. This lady is one such. She is superb. This has the added delight of being set in the publishing industry and is really the most enormous fun. Comparisons: Jane Green, Cathy Kelly, Penny Vincenzi.Similar this month: Patricia Scanlan, Maria Beaumont.

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Room: Picador Classic

Room: Picador Classic

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/06/2015

Shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, it’s about a five-year old boy who was born in captivity and knows nothing beyond the room he and his mother live in. Told in his voice it is an extraordinary achievement, very well thought out, highly intriguing and unexpectedly sad. ~ Sarah Broadhurst   Winner of the Galaxy Paperback of the Year Award 2011.  Winner of the Orange Youth Panel Prize 2011. Winner of the Hughes & Hughes Novel of the Year Award 2010. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010. Comparison: Unique, like The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Lovely Bones or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

Astray

Astray

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/05/2013

The award-winning author of Room displays her prodigious writing talents in creating a gem of a short story collection that is full of memorable characters. Ann Patchett, Orange prize-winning author of Bel Canto said of Astray ‘There is such a deep and compassionate imagination at work in every story in this collection that Astray feels almost like an act of clairvoyance.'Fascinating and compelling these short stories are inspired by real life characters and events plucked from four centuries of history.

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The Sealed Letter

The Sealed Letter

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2012

Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012. From the bestselling author of Room comes a delicious tale of secrets, betrayal and forbidden love. Based on blow-by-blow newspaper reports of the 1864 Codrington Divorce, The Sealed Letter, full of sparkling characters and wicked dialogue, is a thought-provoking mystery and gripping drama of friends, lovers and marriage.

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Angela's Ashes

Angela's Ashes

Author: Frank McCourt Format: Paperback (b Format) Release Date: 05/02/2007

A story that has moved millions; a classic of modern autobiography; a tale too human, too captivating not to be read.

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Teacher Man

Teacher Man

Author: Frank McCourt Format: Paperback (b Format) Release Date: 28/08/2006

Reflecting on thirty years of teaching in New York, sometimes with highly unorthodox methods but with one burning desire, to keep the kids stimulated.  Thoroughly enjoyable.

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'Tis

'Tis

Author: Frank McCourt Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2005

Frank McCourt continues his life story in the brilliant, bestselling sequel to the million-selling ‘Angela’s Ashes’. ‘Angela’s Ashes’ was a publishing phenomenon. Frank McCourt’s critically-acclaimed, lyrical memoir of his Limerick childhood won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, the Royal Society of Literature Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award amongst others, and rapidly became a word-of-mouth bestseller topping all charts worldwide for over two years. It left readers and critics alike eager to hear more about Frank McCourt’s incredible, poignant life. ‘’Tis’ is the story of Frank’s American journey from impoverished immigrant with rotten teeth, infected eyes and no formal education to brilliant raconteur and schoolteacher. Saved first by a straying priest, then by the Democratic party, then by the United States Army, then by New York University – which admitted him on a trial basis though he had no high school diploma – Frank had the same vulnerable but invincible spirit at nineteen that he had at eight and still has today. And ‘‘Tis’ is a tale of survival as vivid, harrowing, and hilarious as Angela’s Ashes. Yet again, it is through the power of storytelling that Frank finds a life for himself. ‘It is only the best storyteller who can so beguile his readers that he leaves them wanting more when he’s done. McCourt proves himself one of the very best’ (Newsweek). ‘With ‘Tis’, McCourt blesses his readers with another chapter of his story, but as it closes, they will want still more.

The Woman Who Walked into Doors

The Woman Who Walked into Doors

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/1998

A moving and dignified story of a woman recalling her life after finally being free from the abusive husband who affected so much of her life.   May 2010 Guest Editor John Boyne on Roddy Doyle... Watching Doyle’s ascent to both popular and critical acclaim during the 1990s was hugely influential on me as a young Dublin writer. His best books remain the two Paula Spencer novels – The Woman Who Walked Into Doors and Paula Spencer – which are masterclasses in dignity and strength of character.

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The Dead Republic

The Dead Republic

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/03/2010

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 29 April 2010. The final part of Roddy Doyle's trilogy see's Henry Smart return to the Ireland he left 20 years before and once again getting caught up in the Republican movement. A great end to Henry's story and a sad goodbye to this trio of books.  

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The Complete Two Pints

The Complete Two Pints

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2021

Two men meet for a pint in a Dublin pub... In 2012, Roddy Doyle showed us the world anew: through the back-and-forth of two Dublin pub-dwellers. They chewed the fat, set the world to rights, slagged each other unmercifully. And along the way, they chased the ebb and flow and stupidity of the year right to the bottom of their pints. Today, they're still at it - even over Zoom, if needs be. Collected for the first time, here is almost a decade's worth of elections and referendums, births and deaths, football, financial crashes, pandemics and the philosophical questions of life, as told through the wit and warmth of Roddy Doyle's comic genius. Includes: Two Pints, Two More Pints, Two for the Road - and, for the first time in print, Two Pints: The Play and The Zoom Pints

The Testament of Mary

The Testament of Mary

Author: Colm Toibin Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2013

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. Colm Toibin's The Testament of Mary is the moving story of the Virgin Mary, told by a novelist famous for writing brilliantly about the family. From the author of Brooklyn, in a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, The Testament of Mary tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief.

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Mothers and Sons

Mothers and Sons

Author: Colm Toibin Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/06/2007

A beautifully written collection of stories about mother/son relationships. Thoroughly absorbing and moving.   June 2010 Guest Editor Patrick Gale on Colm Toibin... Admirers of Toibin’s novels won’t feel short-changed here for, like Chekhov and Carver, his grasp of the short story form is so confident that each story packs the emotional wallop of a novel. The only problem is that many are so strong, so moving, that you can’t read them back-to-back but need time off to recover.

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Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Author: Colm Toibin Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2015

A great family drama about a young girl moving from Ireland to New Yok in search of work in the 1950's. Just as she feels life is going somewhere in Brooklyn she has to return to Ireland and the pleas of her family to stay. This is a beautifully told, atmospheric, coming-of-age drama.  Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2009. The film adaptation of Brooklyn is due to be released in UK cinemas on Friday 6 November 2015. Click below to view the trailer.

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A Week in Winter

A Week in Winter

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/10/2013

Chicky is whisked off to America by a man who soon deserts her.  She tells her parents they had married and he was then killed in a car crash so she can return to Ireland a respectable widow.  She buys Stone House and turns it into an upmarket guest house.  This is about how she restores it and the people who stay during the first week.  Each chapter is devoted to a different person or couple, a diverse bunch.  We have the usual rich tapestry of characters that we have come to expect from Maeve and it is sad to think there will be no more, as this is her last book.  She certainly hasn’t lost her touch and has finished on a high, only I do hear whispers of some short stories being discovered amongst her effects. The Lovereading view... Winner of the Popular Fiction Prize at the Irish Book Awards 2012. The Queen of storytelling Maeve Binchy sadly passed away in July 2012 and A Week in Winter is her last book. Full of her trademark warmth, humour and wonderful characters, you race through the pages to find out more about them. A Week in Winter tells the stories of the owner and guests staying in a beautiful and welcoming hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. With a legacy of over 40 million books sold she was an inspiration to many authors and she will be sorely missed. Orion publishing director Susan Lamb said the book is "absolutely terrific, it's vintage Maeve, showing again what a brilliant observer she was, full of empathy but never sentimental". Click here to download an article from the Irish Independent about Maeve Binchy. Click here to download an article from The Belfast Telegraph about Maeve Binchy.

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The Copper Beech

The Copper Beech

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/02/2012

A Special Edition of The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy to celebrate Orion's 20th anniversary. Maeve Binchy's marvellous portrait of a small Irish town whose untroubled surface conceals the passions, rivalries, friendships, ambitions and jealousies beneath.

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Minding Frankie

Minding Frankie

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/06/2011

A great family tale about the power of love and friendships. Noel finds himself left alone to bring up baby Frankie but Noel is a troubled soul himself and when Social Workers start threatening to take Frankie away family and friends soon start to rally round and support him in his hope to turn his life around.   June 2011 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month.

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Tara Road

Tara Road

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/06/2005

Two women, one from Dublin one from New England end up on a house swap for the summer and find their lives changed forever. Another tale with strong female characters and the importance of friendship. As always there are a host of characters to keep the interest going and plenty to make the reader question the nature of relationships.

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A History of Loneliness

A History of Loneliness

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Odran Yates enters Clonliffe Seminary in 1972 after his mother informs him that he has a vocation to the priesthood. He goes in full of ambition and hope, dedicated to his studies and keen to make friends. Forty years later, Odran's devotion has been challenged by the revelations that have shattered the Irish people's faith in the church. He has seen friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed and has become nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insulting remarks. But when a family tragedy opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within a once respected institution and recognise his own complicity in their propagation. It has taken John Boyne fifteen years and twelve novels to write about his home country of Ireland but he has done so now in his most powerful novel to date, a novel about blind dogma and moral courage, and about the dark places where the two can meet. At once courageous and intensely personal, A History of Loneliness confirms Boyne as one of the most searching chroniclers of his generation.

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The Absolutist

The Absolutist

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2012

One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. From the hugely successful author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas comes The Absolutist, a novel that examines the events of the Great War from the perspective of two young privates, one of them who declared himself a conscientious objector but both struggling with the complexity of their emotions and the confusion of their friendship.   July 2012 Book of the Month.    

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The Thief of Time

The Thief of Time

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/2011

Brilliantly weaving history and personal experience, this is a dazzling story of love, murder, missed chances, treachery and redemption. It's France in 1758, Matthieu Zela has lived his life well. In fact, he's lived several lives well. Because Matthew Zela's life is characterised by one amazing fact: his body stopped ageing before the end of the eighteenth century.

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2012

A 2014 World Book Night selection. Initially it is difficult to believe that the young son of the commandant of Auschwitz is as innocent as he is, then you begin to accept his ignorance and follow a developing friendship through to its dreadful conclusion.  That this is written for children is easy to forget.  I urge you to read Morris Gleitzman’s Once, too, for the Jewish perspective.   A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... ‘This is a short book but it packs a huge emotional punch. It leaves you feeling emotionally drained and desperate to talk to someone else who has read it to share your experience. I read the book with a mounting chill, almost knowing what would happen but hoping against hope that it wouldn’t. This is one of the few books that genuinely appeals to both adults and children and can, and indeed should, be read by all ages.' Judith Welsh, Managing Editor at Transworld

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The Echo Chamber

The Echo Chamber

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2022

What a thing of wonder a mobile phone is. Six ounces of metal, glass and plastic, fashioned into a sleek, shiny, precious object. At once, a gateway to other worlds - and a treacherous weapon in the hands of the unwary, the unwitting, the inept. The Cleverley family live a gilded life, little realising how precarious their privilege is, just one tweet away from disaster. George, the patriarch, is a stalwart of television interviewing, a 'national treasure' (his words), his wife Beverley, a celebrated novelist (although not as celebrated as she would like), and their children, Nelson, Elizabeth, Achilles, various degrees of catastrophe waiting to happen. Together they will go on a journey of discovery through the Hogarthian jungle of the modern living where past presumptions count for nothing and carefully curated reputations can be destroyed in an instant. Along the way they will learn how volatile, how outraged, how unforgiving the world can be when you step from the proscribed path. Powered by John Boyne's characteristic humour and razor-sharp observation, The Echo Chamber is a satiric helter skelter, a dizzying downward spiral of action and consequence, poised somewhere between farce, absurdity and oblivion. To err is maybe to be human but to really foul things up you only need a phone.

Strange Flowers

Strange Flowers

Author: Donal Ryan Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/05/2021

In 1973, twenty-year-old Moll Gladney takes a morning bus from her rural home and disappears. Bewildered and distraught, Paddy and Kit must confront an unbearable prospect: that they will never see their daughter again. Five years later, Moll returns. What - and who - she brings with her will change the course of her family's life forever. Beautiful and devastating, this exploration of loss, alienation and the redemptive power of love reaffirms Donal Ryan as one of the most talented and empathetic writers at work today.

All We Shall Know

All We Shall Know

Author: Donal Ryan Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/04/2019

From the twice Man Booker longlisted author of From a Low and Quiet Sea Melody Shee is alone and in trouble. Her husband doesn't take her news too well. She can’t tell her father yet because he’s a good man and this could break him. She’s trying to stay in the moment, but the future is looming – larger by the day – while the past won’t let her go. What she did to Breedie Flynn all those years ago still haunts her. It’s a good thing that she meets Mary Crothery when she does. Mary is a young Traveller woman, and she knows more about Melody than she lets on. She might just save Melody’s life.

A Slanting of the Sun: Stories

A Slanting of the Sun: Stories

Author: Donal Ryan Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/03/2016

An old man looks into the fearful eyes of a burglar left to guard him while his brother is beaten; an Irish priest in a war-torn Syrian town teaches its young men the art of hurling; the driver of a car which crashed, killing a teenage girl, forges a connection with the girl’s mother; a squad of broken friends assemble to take revenge on a rapist; a young man sets off on his morning run, reflecting on the ruins of his relationship, but all is not as it seems. Donal Ryan’s short stories pick up where his acclaimed novels The Spinning Heart and The Thing About December left off, dealing with the human cost of loneliness, isolation and displacement. Sometimes this is present in the ordinary, the mundane; sometimes it is triggered by a fateful encounter or a tragic decision. At the heart of these stories, crucially, is how people are drawn to each other and cling on to love, often in desperate circumstances. In haunting and often startling prose, Donal Ryan has captured the brutal beauty of the human heart in all its hopes and failings.

From a Low and Quiet Sea

From a Low and Quiet Sea

Author: Donal Ryan Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/03/2018

Farouk's country has been torn apart by war. Lampy's heart has been laid waste by Chloe. John's past torments him as he nears his end. The refugee. The dreamer. The penitent. From war-torn Syria to small-town Ireland, three men, scarred by all they have loved and lost, are searching for some version of home. Each is drawn towards a powerful reckoning, one that will bring them together in the most unexpected of ways.

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

Author: Eimear McBride Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

Winner of the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Eimear McBride's debut tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist, to read A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing is to plunge inside its narrator's head, experiencing her world first-hand. This isn't always comfortable - but it is always a revelation.   Helen Fraser, Chair of Judges, said:“An amazing and ambitious first novel that impressed the judges with its inventiveness and energy.  This is an extraordinary new voice – this novel will move and astonish the reader.”

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Snow

Snow

Author: John Banville Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/10/2021

'The body is in the library,' Colonel Osborne said. 'Come this way.' Detective Inspector St John Strafford is called in from Dublin to investigate a murder at Ballyglass House - the Co. Wexford family seat of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family. Facing obstruction from all angles, Strafford carries on determinedly in his pursuit of the murderer. However, as the snow continues to fall over this ever-expanding mystery, the people of Ballyglass are equally determined to keep their secrets.

April in Spain

April in Spain

Author: John Banville Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2021

The sumptuous, propulsive, sun-kissed follow up to the bestselling Snow, from the Booker Prize winning author 'He wanted to know who she was, and why he was convinced he had some unremembered connection with her. It was as simple as that. But he knew it wasn't. It wasn't simple at all.' When Dublin pathologist Quirke glimpses a familiar face while on holiday with his wife, it's hard, at first, to tell whether his imagination is just running away with him. Could she really be who he thinks she is, and have a connection with a crime that nearly brought ruin to an Irish political dynasty? Unable to ignore his instincts, Quirke makes a call back home and Detective St John Strafford is soon dispatched to Spain. But he's not the only one on route: as a terrifying hitman hunts down his prey, they are all set for a brutal showdown.

The Drowned Detective

The Drowned Detective

Author: Neil Jordan Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

Jonathan is a private investigator in a decaying eastern European city, consumed by his work and his failing marriage. Approached one day by an elderly couple, he is presented with a faded photograph of their daughter, missing for nearly two decades. Troubled by the image of the little girl, who was the same age when she vanished as his own daughter is now – he is compelled to find her. But one night, soon after taking on the case, as he walks across the bridge spanning the river that divides the city, he encounters a young woman crouched at the foot of a stone angel – a woman who suddenly leaps into the icy water below. Without thinking, Jonathan plunges after her, and is soon drawn into her ghostly world of confusion, coincidence and intrigue, and the city he thought he knew turns strange and threatening. Haunting and deeply moving, The Drowned Detective is an intoxicating, atmospheric exploration of relationships, lies and betrayal – confirming Neil Jordon as a master storyteller and a vital literary voice.

Apeirogon

Apeirogon

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/02/2020

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 BOOKER PRIZE The novel of a lifetime about two men and their daughters: divided by conflict, yet united in grief. Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin live near one another - yet they exist worlds apart. Rami is Israeli. Bassam is Palestinian. Rami's license plate is yellow. Bassam's license plate is green. It takes Rami fifteen minutes to drive to the West Bank. The same journey for Bassam takes an hour and a half. Both men have lost their daughters. Rami's thirteen-year-old girl Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber while out shopping with her friends. Bassam's ten-year-old daughter Abir was shot and killed by a member of the border police outside her school. There was a candy bracelet in her pocket she hadn't had time to eat yet. The men become the best of friends. In this epic novel - named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides - Colum McCann crosses centuries and continents, stitching time, art, history, nature and politics into a tapestry of friendship, love, loss and belonging. Musical, muscular, delicate and soaring, Apeirogon is the novel for our times. 

Fishing the Sloe-Black River

Fishing the Sloe-Black River

Author: Colum Mccann Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2021

An ageing nun is tracked to ground by her sister; a garrulous beautician must lay out the corpse of a loved one. These are eloquent tales of exile and displacement, of characters always in search of a way back home or of a way to leave it. Mischievous, assured and versatile, Colum McCann's collection of short stories marks him out as one of our best contemporary writers.

Young Skins

Young Skins

Author: Colin Barrett Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/12/2014

Winner of the 2014 Guardian First Book Award. Winner of the 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. This magnificent collection takes us to Glanbeigh, a small town in rural Ireland - a town in which the youth have the run of the place. Colin Barrett's debut does not take us to Glanbeigh alone; there are other towns, and older characters. But each story is defined by a youth lived in a crucible of menace and desire - and each crackles with the uniform energy and force that distinguish this terrific collection.

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Homesickness

Homesickness

Author: Colin Barrett Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/03/2022

From the prize-winning author of YOUNG SKINS, comes HOMESICKNESS - a quietly caustic, startlingly beautiful and wonderfully wry new short story collection. In these eight stories, Barrett takes us back to the barren backwaters of County Mayo, via Toronto, and illuminates the lives of outcasts, misfits and malcontents with an eye for the abrupt and absurd. A quiet night in the neighbourhood pub is shattered by the arrival of a sword wielding fugitive. A funeral party teeters on the edge of this world and the next, as ghosts won't simply lay in wake. A shooting sees an everyday call-out lead a policewoman to confront the banality of her own existence. A true follow-up to his electrifying debut collection, HOMESICKNESS marks Colin Barrett out as our most brilliantly original and captivating storyteller.

The Blood Miracles

The Blood Miracles

Author: Lisa McInerney Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2018

The second novel from the author of the Baileys Prize-winning The Glorious Heresies Like all twenty-year-olds, Ryan Cusack is trying to get his head around who he is. This is not a good time for his boss to exploit his dual heritage by opening a new black market route from Italy to Ireland. It is certainly not a good time for his adored girlfriend to decide he's irreparably corrupted. And he really wishes he hadn't accidentally caught the eye of an ornery grandmother who fancies herself his saviour. There may be a way clear of the chaos in the business proposals of music promoter Colm and in the attention of the charming, impulsive Natalie. But now that his boss's ambitions have rattled the city, Ryan is about to find out what he's made of, and it might be that chaos is in his blood.

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The Rules of Revelation

The Rules of Revelation

Author: Lisa McInerney Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2022

REUNIONS. RECRIMINATIONS. RECKONINGS. Ireland. Great nationalists, bad mothers and a whole lot of secrets. Ryan Cusack is ready to deliver its soundtrack. Former sex-worker Georgie wants the truth about Ryan's past out there but the journalist has her own agenda. Mel returns from Brexit Britain, ill-equipped to deal with the resurgence of a family scandal. Karine has always been sure of herself, till a terrible secret tugs the rug from under her. Maureen has got wind that things are changing, and if anyone's telling the story she wants to make sure it's her. A riotous blast of sex, scandal, obsession, love, feminism, gender, music, class and transgression from an author with tremendous, singular talent.

The Devil I Know

The Devil I Know

Author: Claire Kilroy Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/05/2013

There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile He made a crooked deal and he blew a crooked pile He dug a crooked hole And he sank the crooked isle And they all went to hell in a stew of crooked bile. The Devil I Know is a thrilling novel of greed and hubris, set against the backdrop of a brewing international debt crisis. Told by Tristram, in the form of a mysterious testimony, it recounts his return home after a self-imposed exile only to find himself trapped as a middle man played on both sides - by a grotesque builder he's known since childhood on the one hand, and a shadowy businessman he's never met on the other. Caught between them, as an overblown property development begins in his home town of Howth, it follows Tristram's dawning realisation that all is not well. From a writer unafraid to take risks, The Devil I Know is a bold, brilliant and disturbing piece of storytelling.

Solace

Solace

Author: Belinda McKeon Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/04/2012

One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. With some absolutely stunning rave reviews from established authors Solace is as tender as it is heartbreaking and a brilliant debut from an exciting new voice in Irish fiction. Solace is a work to be admired for its spare, intense lyricism, its range, and its deeply compassionate portrayal of life as it is lived now.   June 2012 Debut of the Month.

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