The Winter Gathering

by Deirdre Purcell

eBooks of the Month Relationship Stories

The Winter Gathering Synopsis

It's ten years on from the first winter gathering, when four of Maggie Quinn's closest friends rushed in to spend Christmas with her after her husband walked out just days before. And at Christmas, it doesn't take long for an event to become a tradition.
But this Christmas Day, for the first time, there's an addition to the party, in the form of a young, very handsome man. Only one of the women knows what he's doing there, and she's remaining tight-lipped.
So begins a new chapter in the lives of the five friends. As the winter moves towards spring, each faces personal hurdles, from family difficulties to illness to the unexpected reappearance of Maggie's ex. Throughout, each proves that friends truly are the family you choose -- and that, ultimately, the magic of Christmas can arrive at any time of year.

The Winter Gathering Press Reviews

'A jewel of a story'

-Sunday Independent


'An Irish storyteller in full stride... exemplary skill.'

-Irish Times


'A writer fully in charge of her craft... impeccable.'

-Sunday Tribune


'An audacious novel... An absorbing, needling read.'

- Helen Dunmore, The Times


'Spellbindng... fascinating and provocative...[Deirdre Purcell has] a new masterpiece on her hands.'

-Irish Independent


'Written in her customary incisive prose...Purcell's book balances the warmth of friendships against darker issues of illness and everyday family crises.'

-Irish Mail on Sunday



-Sunday Business Post

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ISBN: 9780755332304
Publication date: 16/10/2014
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780755332304
Publication date: 16th October 2014
Author: Deirdre Purcell
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Deirdre Purcell

Deirdre Purcell was born and brought up in Dublin, and educated there and in a County Mayo convent. Before turning to the writing of fiction, she lived through an eclectic set of careers, including acting, as a member of the permanent company of Ireland's National Theatre (The Abbey), and journalism for all media - for which she won Ireland's top awards.

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