By Justine Delaney Wilson
On a January morning, Beth and Steve bring three-day-old Ismae home from the hospital. A little girl to complete their suburban family.Except Beth knows that Ismae is different. And that, as she gets older and stronger, her difference will become more obvious.As the future Beth imagined grows even more out of reach, the walls of their vast house close in on her, isolating her from Steve.Then she makes a terrible discovery ...Will Ismae's difference break her family apart? Or will Beth be able to see that it's the one thing that can save her?'Little Ismae is an unforgettable character ... readers will be glad they've met her'BELINDA McKEON 'A novel about one woman's quest for an authentic life. When extraordinary new baby Ismae turns Beth's world inside out, she begins to understand the fierce power of mother-love and,through her daughter, learns to know and trust herself. A moving, convincing story of courage and burgeoning hope' NUALA O'CONNOR, AUTHOR OF MISS EMILY
Dublin since 1922
By Tim Carey
Dublin Since 1922 tells the story of Ireland's capital city since independence. Richly illustrated throughout, it unfolds around hundreds of dates in the city's history, beginning with the founding of the Irish state - when Dublin had the worst slums in Europe - and ending in the last days of the Celtic Tiger.Through major events, Carey charts nearly a century of the capital's history, from the Civil War, the Eucharistic Congress and President Kennedy's visit, to the 1986 earthquake, the Stardust disaster and the changing faces of the St Patrick's Day parade.Brought to life are the figures who have shaped the city's identity - from Archbishop McQuaid to Tony Gregory, from Luke Kelly to Maeve Binchy - and the daily life of its people, through the books they read, the way they move around the city, the music they listen to, the crimes they commit and the unique experiences they have of simply being in the city of Dublin.A captivating celebration of people and place, this book makes essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how the character of a city - and its inhabitants - is shaped.
Do You Know Who's Dead?
By Paddy Duffy
Ireland: A country of 13-verse-long ballads, outspoken lunatics, strongly held trivial opinions and friendly exchanges about the day's names in the death notices. A place where flattened fizzy drink is treated as a medical panacea, and where celebration can be squeezed out of anything from a major sporting victory, to a valiant quarter-final exit.From Fionn MacCumhail to the FAI, Do You Know Who's Dead? is a hilarious celebration of all things unmistakably Irish, as it describes our distinguishing features - big and small - in politics, music, culture, sport and more.If you find it hard to end a phone call, have ever driven several miles out of your way for slightly cheaper petrol, or spend just a little too long surveying the death notices, this is the book for you.
Daughter, Mother, Me
By Alana Kirk
'In life women can have many labels: daughter, single girl, wife, career woman, mother. I had worn them all and, while life was hectic, I was the one in control. Then four days after the birth of my third daughter, my mum had a massive stroke and, just like that, everything changed.Over the time to come - what I call 'the Sandwich Years' - I found myself both grieving for and caring for my beloved mum, supporting my dad, raising my three young daughters, while trying to get my career back on track. The cracks began to show. I discovered that, sometimes, having it all, means doing it all and that, amid the maelstrom of need, I had lost the label I had started out with: me.'Daughter, Mother, Me is the heartfelt, inspirational story of the bond between a mother and a daughter and how one woman - through caring for the person she had relied on the most - finally found herself.
By Fionnbar Walsh
'Donal Walsh was able to see the beauty in life. He spent his valuable time helping us to open our eyes' Cecelia Ahern, authorDonal Walsh lost his battle against cancer in May 2013, but he left behind an extraordinary legacy. In his short life, he had fought the disease on three occasions with bravery and determination, but he had also come to national attention when he spoke out about suicide in young people in an RTE television interview and, later, in an article in a national newspaper. Donal was determined to open people's eyes to the beauty of life and to help them to see that death is never an answer.His words provoked a national reaction and had real and lasting results - in his death, Donal made us question ourselves and the way we live our lives. Before he died, he asked that his parents continue to spread the message of living life. Here, in this heartbreaking and inspirational memoir, his father Fionnbar gives voice to Donal in a testament to an exceptional young man and to a lasting legacy.
Did That Actually Happen?
By Paddy Duffy
Remember the time Ray Burke had trees planted for a by-election, then uprooted them when he lost? Remember the time Brian Cowen went on radio with a voice like Barry White, leading everyone to think he spent the night before on the black stuff? Politics is a strange business at the best of times, but Irish politics seems to have a special kind of strangeness about it, so much so that you often have to wonder, 'Did That Actually Happen?'With characteristic wry humour, columnist and broadcaster Paddy Duffy recounts the ridiculous but true stories that make Irish politics what it is: intriguing, amusing and completely daft as a brush.If you're looking for a book that gets to the heart of our political system and offers solutions for the future, then you're probably in the wrong section. No navel-gazing, just belly-laughing.
The Doll's House
By Louise Phillips
A tragic drowning over three decades ago. A body recently found in a Dublin canal. But what connects them? Criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson is about to find out . . .The Doll's House is the second book in the series featuring Dr Kate Pearson.Thirty-five years ago Adrian Hamilton drowned. At the time his death was deemed a tragic accident but the exact circumstances remain a mystery. His daughter Clodagh now visits a hypnotherapist in an attempt to come to terms with her past, and her father's death. As disturbing childhood memories are unleashed, memories of another tragedy begin to come to light.Meanwhile criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson is called to assist in a murder investigation after a body is found in a Dublin canal. And when Kate digs beneath the surface of the killing, she discovers a sinister connection to the Hamilton family.Time is running out for Clodagh and Kate.And the killer has already chosen his next victim . . .Winner of Crime Fiction Book of the Year Award (BGE Irish Book Awards 2013)
By Evelyn O'Rourke
When broadcaster and journalist Evelyn O'Rourke was on maternity leave with her first child she discovered that she was pregnant for the second time. Within a week of this joyous news however, her world came crashing down when she was diagnosed with cancer.In this beautifully written and searingly honest memoir, Evelyn charts her journey - from the realisation that she would have to undergo invasive surgery and chemotherapy to the decisions she made and her determination to protect her unborn baby Ross and live for her family.Told with frankness and great humour, Dear Ross is a story about the strength of love: between families, sisters, brothers, a husband and a wife - but, most of all, the unwavering and uncompromising love between a mother and her children.
By Michael Clifford
Karen Riney is a young woman desperate to put bad memories behind her and get back on her feet when she hits upon an idea to make fast money. In the depths of a recession, there's no business like the grow house business. But getting her venture off the ground requires some assistance.Enter Paschal Nix, a Dublin crime lord with a fearsome reputation. Nix provides more than money for the deal by throwing in the services of out-of-work builder Kevin Wyman, who is up to his ears in hoc to Nix and grappling with serious personal problems. He also dispatches hitman-for-hire Dara Burns to keep an eye on the investment, a man who's fiercely guarding his back in a world where life is cheap.All have their eyes on one prize: a quick killing. But as Karen Riney soon learns, when you're in over your head, there's no such thing as easy money. The Deal is a gripping, blind-siding tale of greed, revenge and the price of survival.
Driving Home for Christmas
By Emma Hannigan
Christmas at Huntersbrook House has always been a family tradition - log fires, long walks through the snowy fields and evenings spent in the local pub. And this year the three grown-up Craig children are looking forward to the holidays more than ever. Pippa to escape her partying lifestyle and mounting debts in Dublin; Joey the demands of his gorgeous girlfriend who seems intent on coming between him and his family; and Lainey to forget about her controlling ex and his recent engagement to another woman.But with the family livery yard in financial trouble, this Christmas could be the Craig family's last at Huntersbrook as they face the prospect of selling the ancestral house.As the holiday season gets underway, the family need to come up with a way to save their home, and face the problems they've been running away from in Dublin. And what better way to figure things out than around the fire at Huntersbrook House.
By Christine Horgan
Every parent's fear is not to be there for their child, to answer their questions, to give them advice and guide them through life.When Jordan Ferguson was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of thirty-four and told he had only months to live, a psychologist advised him to write a letter to his nine year old son Sebastian for when he wasn't there - a letter with words and advice to help him when he was growing up. But Jordan wanted to leave a lasting legacy for his son. He decided to gather together words of wisdom and advice from a host of Irish people who have succeeded and excelled in life. The result is Dear Sebastian, a collection of letters to a young boy from writers, politicians, artists, clergy, sports stars, musicians and business people with their poignant, honest and inspirational thoughts on living life in the best way possible. The letters in Dear Sebastian deal with the pain of loss but above all they speak of hope, of the optimism of life, and the enduring power of love.Jordan passed away quickly and without having had the chance to write his own letter to Sebastian. In his final days, he asked his mother to complete the book. She gave him her word that she would do this. Jordan died on 27 June 2008.Dear Sebastian is a father's remarkable legacy of love to his son.Contributors include: Gay Byrne, Ronan O'Gara, Shay Given, Derek Davis, Christy Moore, Pat Kenny, JP McManus, Gloria Hunniford, John Magnier, Daniel O'Donnell, Sr Stan, Brian Cowen TD, Pauline Bewick, Patrick Kielty, Nicky Byrne and many others.
The Disengagement Ring
By Clodagh Murphy
Kate thinks she's ready to settle down with boyfriend Brian, though their relationship is far from perfect. But then a tempting job offer from charming family friend Will gives her other ideas ...After a series of hopeless relationships, Kate O'Neill is ready to settle down, so when her New Age Shaman boyfriend Brian finally asks her to marry him, she accepts. Even though her clannish, close-knit family disapprove of him, Kate knows that deep down Brian loves her.But Kate's eccentric actress mother, Grace, is determined to prevent Kate from making the biggest mistake of her life. She hatches a plot to scupper the engagement, enlisting the help of the whole family, even roping in Will Sargent, manager of mega cool rock-band Walking Wounded, and unrequited love of Kate's life, in the hope that he can provide a change of direction for Kate's affections.Reluctantly enlisted, Will offers Kate a job cooking for Walking Wounded, while they are holed up in Tuscany working on their new album.As temperatures in the kitchen begin to heat up, will Kate realise her feelings for Will are stronger than ever, or does Grace's plan backfire and send Kate straight back to Brian?
Days We Remember
By Deirdre Purcell
In Ireland over the past forty years, we have had many days to remember. We have laughed and cried, cheered and changed as the country has become a major economy and multicultural nation. In Days We Remember, Deirdre Purcell, using her own inimitable style has interviewed twenty-five people who embody our memory of some of those events. Gay Byrne on the outcry when Ann Lovett died in a Marian garden in Granard, Ray Houghton on scoring that goal, Gill Bowler on the freedom of travelling to a sun holiday, Bertie Ahern on the Good Friday Agreement, while Bishop Magee recounts the Pope's visit to Ireland in 1979. Days We Remember is a book of all our memories, looking at the events that have made us who we are today.
Diamonds and Holes in my Shoes
By Deirdre Purcell
When Deirdre Purcell turned sixty, she cheered. Never again would she have to worry about fitting into a size ten dress, and while her dream of crossing the US on a Harley remains active, if it is never realised, well, she'll live. In Diamonds and Holes in My Shoes, for the first time, this much-loved storyteller takes stock of her years to date and reveals very personal memories and reflections. From her earliest days as a child with a large imagination trotting perilously close to the edge of the River Tolka near her home, her head buried in her library book, she weaves an engrossing tapestry of a resilient personal and professional life punctuated by astonishing and sudden changes. Recounted with characteristic frankness, humour and insight, Deirdre chronicles her years as an Abbey actress, the challenges of being the first female anchor of RTÉ's Nine O'Clock News, the triumphs and failures as an acclaimed journalist who elicited memorable interviews from a host of famous personalities, the break-up of a marriage in an era when tolerance of single mothers was not as it is now - and her transition into the peculiar life of the novelist via the ghost-writing of Gay Byrne's autobiography. Illustrated with a treasure trove of photographs, Diamonds and Holes in My Shoes is the personal story behind the storyteller from a keen observer who has recorded a dramatically changing Ireland over the past sixty years.
By Sheila O'Flanagan
Destinations reveals the inside track on the lives of ordinary commuters, and uncovers the hidden links that lie beneath the surface of 'anonymous' city lives.Two eavesdropping passengers learn more than they bargained for; an office-party fling has unforeseen consequences; a suburban housewife is forced to face her estranged mother - and her thorny past; an office worker finds her commute to work livened up by the daily sightings of a handsome stranger; a hot date with the office stud gets off to a disastrous start ... is there light at the end of the tunnel?Destinations - tales that go the distance with you, from one of Ireland's best-loved storytellers.
Don't Wake Me At Doyles
By Maura Murphy
In a fearless and honest memoir, an ordinary Irish woman recounts an extraordinary life. Born 'chronically ugly and cross as a briar' into a poor rural homestead in 1920s Ireland, Maura Murphy left school and 14 and arrived in Dublin where she worked in service until she married. Later, poverty-stricken and with five young children, the family left Ireland for Birmingham of the 1950s, where they hoped to find a better life.At 75 years old, recovering from cancer and having left her marriage of 50 years, Maura Murphy told her story, from her early days running wild in the Irish countryside, to her destructive marriage to a hard-working, hard-drinking womaniser, the birth of her nine children, and a life-or-death choice that would change her forever. Hers is a story that will resonate with Irish and English alike, her voice the voice of a forgotten generation. Told with biting wit, DON'T WAKE ME AT DOYLES contains all the explosive power of ANGELA'S ASHES - told by Angela.