The American Girl
By Rachael English
From a storyteller who combines the warmth of Maeve Binchy with the elegance of Maggie O'Farrell comes an unforgettable new novel . . .Boston 1968. Rose Moroney is seventeen, smart, spirited - and pregnant. She wants to marry her boyfriend. Her ambitious parents have other plans. She is sent to Ireland, their birthplace, to deliver her daughter in a Mother and Baby home - and part with her against her will.Dublin 2013. Martha Sheeran's life has come undone. Her marriage is over, and her husband has moved on with unsettling speed. Under pressure from her teenage daughter, she starts looking for the woman who gave her up for adoption more than forty years before.As her search leads her to the heart of long-buried family secrets, old flame Paudie Carmody - now a well-known broadcaster - re-enters the frame. From Boston to rural Ireland; from Dublin back to Boston, The American Girl is a heart-warming and enthralling story of mothers and daughters, love and cruelty and, ultimately, the embrace of new horizons.
All That I Leave Behind
By Alison Walsh
It hadn't been Rosie's idea - a 'quaint' wedding at her childhood home in the Irish countryside. Nevertheless she finds herself back in Monasterard after a decade away, with her American fiancé on her arm and a smile fixed to her face.As expected, the welcome from her siblings isn't exactly warm. Mary-Pat, the one who practically raised Rosie, is avoiding her. June is preoccupied with maintaining the illusion of her perfect family. And Pius, who still counts the years since their mother left, is hiding from the world. Each of them is struggling with the weight of things unsaid.In the end, it's their father who, on the day of Rosie's wedding, exposes what has remained hidden for so long. And as the O'Connor siblings piece together the secrets at the heart of their family, they begin to forgive the woman who abandoned them all those years ago.
After the Wedding: From the Number One Bestselling Author
By Roisin Meaney
Maeve Binchy fans will love THE NO. 1 BESTSELLER Roisin Meaney's warm storytelling and unforgettable characters. The residents of Roone are getting ready for a summer of love, secrets and drama. After a bumpy start, Nell and James have finally said 'I do' and everything seems to be falling into place. Nell is getting comfortable in her new role as stepmother to James' sixteen-year-old son Andy, she's finally mending fences with her father and she's ready to look to the future.Then Nell's ex-fiancé Tim - her husband James' brother - comes back to Roone, a place he's never liked, and she begins to feel uneasy. As the summer days roll by, and Tim seems in no hurry to return to his wife and daughter, Nell is finding it more and more difficult to enjoy her new beginning.But when the little island of Roone is rocked by the disappearance of a young child, Nell realises that life can change in a single moment. Will happiness be restored before the autumn comes?
An Act of Love
By Marie Fleming
Marie Fleming became a household name in Ireland with her trail-blazing campaign for the right to die with dignity, when she took a landmark case against the Irish State to lift the ban on assisted suicide. But behind the Multiple Sclerosis sufferer's brave fight lay a remarkable life story known to few.From her young years growing up in Donegal, as she struggled to keep her family together after her mother left, to her battle to keep her own baby - born when Marie was still a teenager - to her later quest for education and self-betterment against the odds, An Act of Love is an unforgettable story of ambition, of sorrow, and of life lived to the full. In it, she also describes coming to terms with MS and the ordeal of her later court case.Completed just before Marie's death in late 2013, most of all, this is a story of the power of abiding love.
Angry Baby: Ireland's Youngest Political Activist Speaks Out
By Arthur Mathews
Angry Baby Katie Woods has a clear message for today's politicians: 'We (the generation of tomorrow) are not going to take this mess lying down.'Founder of the ground-breaking political party 'Babies for Change', in this no-holds-barred account of her short but extraordinary life to date, Katie pulls no punches as she shares her vision for a better future.It includes her anti-austerity manifesto - Ignore the Troika! Special prisons for bankers! Rejuvenation through pram lane construction! - an account of her friendship with her 'guru' Fintan O'Toole ('what would Fintan do?'), life on the campaign trail, and the inside story of her often tempestuous relationship with nanny/campaign manager Siobhan Devlin.Visionary, raconteur, voice of Ireland's disenfranchised, young Angry Baby tells it like it is as she declares 'Ireland is open for business.'
And Actually . . .
By Denise Deegan
When I moved to Strandbrook College, I met Alex and Sarah. They treated me like I was normal. A human being. They actually liked me - though it took a while for me to trust that. I've never told them about my life before I met them. That shame can stay in the past. Weird thing is, they think I'm the strong one. The one with all the answers. The guru.When I'm offered a part on a TV show, they think it's all my dreams come true. And it is. Except that it'll bring me face-to-face with Rebecca French - and memories I've kept buried. But I've changed. And I'm sure Rebecca has too. Whatever happens, there's no way I'm going to let my past destroy my future.
Any Dream Will Do
By Maria Duffy
Jenny's online life is far more exciting than the real version - but when Twitter meets IRL, her lies just might catch up with her...It seemed harmless at the time - a few white lies here and there to make her life seem more exciting. And as far as thirty-something Jenny Breslin was concerned, it wasn't as though her online friends would ever find out the truth, right?But then one night Jenny sends out a drunken message inviting her cyber-buddies to stay at her house in Dublin for a few days. And, as the acceptances start flooding in, Jenny starts to panic...Where is she going to find the gorgeous boyfriends she's boasted about? How is she going to convince her online friends that her job at the bank is as glamourous and exciting as she's led them to believe?And how is she going to get around the fact that her profile picture is years out of date, and taken in a flattering light?When Jenny comes face-to-face with her three online friends, it turns out she's not the only one who's been stretching the truth. As true identities are exposed, friendships are put to the test. But as Jenny navigates the weekend, she learns that real friendship means accepting people as they are.
And For Your Information . . .
By Denise Deegan
Everyone thinks they know who I am - ditzy Sarah, who cares more about appearances than she does about anything real. And yeah, I do care about what people think of me. Take my friends Alex and Rachel. We all go to Strandbrook College, Dublin. We're supposed to be best friends. But Alex and Rachel - they're really close. They tell each other things that they would never tell me. I try not to mind.And then there's Simon. He's my sort-of boyfriend but we hardly see each other. And when we do, I feel like he doesn't really 'see' me, you know?Everything's such a mess right now. My dad left us to be with Her; my mum is really angry all the time; and my brother Louis, he just doesn't care. I guess that's why the shoplifting started. It makes me feel good. In control.I just want everything to change. And it does. The day I got caught . . .
And By The Way . . .
By Denise Deegan
At Strandbrook College, we are Kids Of. Kids of diplomats, media stars, musicians, artists, actors, oh, and wealthy people who aspire to all of that. I'm the kid of a rock star. Means nothing to me. When Mum died, six months ago, I didn't just lose her, I lost my dad - to work. The only thing he does now is annoy me. He hires people like 'The Stylist' who wears bullets in her belt and makes him look like a hobo. Seriously.But 'The Rockstar' isn't the only person who drives me mad. There's David McFadden, a guy in my class who could have helped but didn't. Now, it's too late. I don't want his help. Because I'm not going to trust anyone, love anyone, rely on anyone. That way I'll never be hurt again. If only I could solve the problem of Rachel, my best friend, who won't let me pull back just like that. Even David McFadden won't stay out of my face. But I'm not going to fall for his blue eyes, his windswept hair or the plaited leather on his wrist. And when he says he wants to help, I'm sure as hell not going to listen....
By Anthony Foley
On 20 May 2006, Anthony Foley held aloft the European Cup for Munster and cemented his position as a legend of Irish rugby.With a father who played for Munster and Ireland - and who was a member of the team that conquered the All Blacks - it was no surprise that the young Anthony took to the game and he has shone on every team he has played for - from the St Munchin's Junior Cup team to the Irish national side.He was part of the Shannon side that dominated the 1990s, winning four All-Ireland league titles in a row and playing in all forty-eight games in that amazing record.In a memorable debut for Ireland, he scored a try against England in 1995 and went on to gain over sixty caps and captain his country. But it is with Munster - his true band of brothers - that Foley is most identified. He is the province's most capped player, holds the record for the most tries in all competitions and led them to glory in Europe. In Axel, he looks back at a career of dizzying highs and sickening lows, at Ireland's often painful progression into the professional era and lets us in on what makes one of the last, great amateur players tick.
Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
By Twenty Major
It's just days after the Folkapalooza concert and having saved the world, Twenty Major is looking forward to some R&R but little does he know that his murky past is about to catch up with him ... Notorious Dublin gangster Tony Furriskey is calling in his marker. Years ago he helped Twenty and Jimmy the Bollix out of a hole and the time has come for them to repay the favour ... or end up swimming with the Dublin Bay prawns.Tony's youngest daughter, is about to marry a man he thoroughly disproves of and it's down to Twenty and Jimmy to make sure the wedding doesn't happen. They must follow the young man and his pals to Barcelona where the stag weekend is taking place, infiltrate the stag party and make sure, one way or another, that the wedding doesn't happen.But will Twenty's Barcelona past catch up with him? Which one of the group finds true love at last? And can they put down the cheap mojitos long enough stop the wedding?In the city of Gaudi and Picasso, Twenty, Jimmy, Stinking Pete and Dirty Dave are more gaudy and pickarse-o as they try and enjoy the Mediterranean sun while getting the job done.
The Absent Wife
By Karen Gillece
Twenty years after Leo Quick was abandoned by his wife and left to raise their two small children, he receives a phone call bringing explosive news. Fleur, his wife, who went Africa in the fervour of Live Aid, never to be seen or heard from again, has died in Kenya. She has left behind a daughter, Star, a third child to whom Leo is father, though he knew nothing of her existence till now.In his wife's absence, Leo has found new love with Denise, and together they have raised his two children. But the consequences of their childhood abandonment are playing out. Kester, his son, has a cocaine habit that is spiraling out of control, and Silvia is haunted by a sense of loneliness and struggling with her own demons. With Star's arrival, long-buried hurts resurface as each of the Quicks confront the legacy of Fleur's desertion. A story of the secrets we keep and the consequences of acting upon our desires, The Absent Wife is a darkly witty, knowing and gripping exploration of a modern family in crisis.
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By Brian O'connor
The Arrival of Fergal Flynn
By Brian Kennedy
His father and brothers despise him; he's his mother's crutch one day, her punching bag the next; he has no idea what he wants to do with his life; and he fancies one of the boys in his class... Fergal just wants to belong - but knows he never will.When handsome young Father Mac arrives in the parish, Fergal embarks on a whirlwind journey towards a new life. As their relationship deepens,he discovers his sexuality, his talent for singing and the wonderful, terrifying opportunities the world has to offer.Funny, tender and unflinching, The Arrival of Fergal Flynn is the story of a young man struggling to find his voice against all the odds.
By David Moore
After one Silicon Valley project meeting too many, David Moore returned to Dublin with too much money to get a real job, and no idea what to do next.The Accidental Pilgrim follows the recovering dotcommer as he rides two thousand miles across Europe in pursuit of himself and the Celtic saint Columbanus - the Roy Keane of the early medieval Church. A bad-ass early Irish saint who wouldn't stand for such ephemeral notions as identity crises, if anyone could sort the craic-loving but well-mannered young man, Columbanus would.On the way to the saint's final resting place in Northern Italy, there are bee-stings in Malin Head, melting roads along the Loire, and instant celebrity in eastern France.A freewheeling traveller's tale with a dash of medieval history thrown in, The Accidental Pilgrim presents an unlikely double-act and a rewarding journey.