Hughie Mittman's Fear of Lawnmowers
By Conor Bowman
Sometimes it can be hard to find a new beginning in the middle of so many endings...Hughie Mittman is in search of forgiveness. He has just lost his mother and believes it is all his fault. And, with his father more distant than ever, how can Hughie make things right?As he does his best to navigate this unfamiliar version of his life, and overcome his fears - of loss, of change, of lawnmowers - he ignores the questions he really wants answered. Was his father telling the truth when he said Hughie was adopted? And will he really never get to see his mother again?Hughie Mittman's Fear of Lawnmowers is a heart-breaking but uplifting story about grief, the end of childhood, the power of friendship and the acceptance that although there are things we cannot change, the future can still be bright.
Home Thoughts from the Heart
By Mary Kennedy
'Mary Kennedy's new book is part memoir, part spiritual guide, part self-help book. It's like the gift of a Christmas visit from a friend' RTÉ GuideA sense of home, and of love, is what makes life meaningful for me. I invite you to share in a journey through family, friendship and adventure in the pages of this book, and hope that you will find something here that resonates with you. After all, we're all walking this road through life together -- and that's what makes it worthwhile.Love, MaryIcon of Irish broadcasting Mary Kennedy invites us into her world in this beautiful book of words and pictures, sharing stories from her life at home and abroad, along with favourite recipes that have been handed down the generations. From family weddings and gatherings, and her love of gardening, to the ups and downs of life, and finding meaning in the spiritual, Mary describes her inner world with an intimacy and honesty her readers have come to love.Including musings on the challenges -- and benefits -- of getting older, and how life can make you stumble when you least expect it (just so you can experience what it is to rise again!), Home Thoughts from the Heart is a book to be cherished.
Horace Winter Says Goodbye
By Conor Bowman
Meet Horace Winter and fall in love with life again in this bestselling novel - perfect reading for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine'Horace Winter is a character who will linger long after you've finished this highly original, moving, funny and elegant book' Irish Independent'A journey that is both tender and sad, but a joy to witness. A moving and truly absorbing read' Image'A quirky, tender and compulsive read. Horace Winter will win your heart' Irish ExaminerHorace Winter doesn't have friends. Ever since the long-ago day when the Very Bad Thing happened, he prefers to spend his time studying butterflies - less intimidating, less likely to disappoint.The last thing he wants is to retire from his job at the bank, but he has no choice - and now faces an endless number of empty days where he has nowhere to go and no one to need him.Then he receives some surprising news. And he meets Amanda, and Max, and discovers a mysterious letter his father never posted. Suddenly he finds his previously unexceptional life filled with important things to do. Before he'd thought he had too much time. Now he may be looking at not enough. But can he find the courage he's sought for so long to finally start living?
A House Full of Secrets: All she sees is the perfect man, but what is he hiding?
By Zoe Miller
All she sees is the perfect man - but what is he hiding?An invitation to visit Niall's childhood home is too good an opportunity for Vikki to pass up. This is the chance she's been waiting for to get closer to her friend, and to meet the family he's always been so cryptic about.But when Vikki arrives at the beautiful but remote Lynes Glen on Ireland's west coast, and finally meets Niall's estranged brother Alex and his overbearing sister Lainey, she realises that this reunion will be far from heart-warming. As Vikki fails to convince any of them that she saw a mysterious woman at the lake - off-limits since a tragic accident - strange and sinister incidents begin to happen at the Blake family home. What secrets are they keeping? And why exactly did Niall ask Vikki to join him for the weekend?
The Harbour Within
By Sister Consilio
In today's busy world, we can get caught up with the worries and stresses of life. We live in our heads, as we move at lightning pace from one thing to the next.Here, in The Harbour Within, Sister Consilio of Cuan Mhuire suggests how we can live happier and more peaceful lives by learning to live from the soul instead of our heads.From a seven-day guide to living at soul level, to thoughts and inspirations to carry you through difficult times, The Harbour Within shows us how we can discover a place of peace, unconditional love and joy - a harbour within.'When we move out of our heads and begin to live at soul level, we open ourselves to a life with unconditional love: one that strives to reach beyond thought, expectation, emotion and feeling' Sister Consilio
The House on Seaview Road
By Alison Walsh
The House on Seaview Road is a story about first love, growing up and about the enduring bonds of sisterhood. Perfect reading for fans of Joanna Trollope and Maggie O'Farrell.Marie Stephenson has decided that it's her last summer in Seaview - just a few months left before she can break free of her suburban home, go out into the world and make her mark. If only it weren't for the promise she made to her dying mother. This promise, to look after her younger sister, is one she has always kept, even though Marie sometimes feels that the cosseted Grainne doesn't deserve it.But then the sudden appearance of intense, rebellious Con on Seaview Beach one afternoon changes everything.As her innocence comes to a sudden and shocking end, Marie must make some choices about her future.But will she find the courage to become the woman she was meant to be?
By Deirdre Purcell
The Heart of Everything
By Henrietta McKervey
The Heart of Everything is a taut and compelling account of the nature of family relationships and the uneasy grasp of the past over the present. Perfect for fans of Anne Tyler and Maggie O'Farrell.Mags Jensen begins her day as she always does - with a list. Once it is complete, she lays the table for lunch, spritzes perfume on her wrists and shuts the front door behind her.That afternoon, her daughter Anita is irritated to discover the house empty. But as afternoon turns to evening, irritation turns to fear, her mother's recent tests for early-stage dementia looming in Anita's mind.As the hours tick by with no word from Mags, the siblings are summoned home to join the search. Over several days, old tensions rise to the surface, harking back to an earlier tragedy that splintered the family. Powerful revelations take hold between the siblings, and their efforts to find Mags become increasingly frantic, as they are forced to ask: will they ever see their mother again?
Hanging with the Elephant
By Michael Harding
'A compelling memoir. Absorbing and graced with a deceptive lightness of touch, [Hanging with the Elephant] is clever and brilliantly pieced together. Harding writes like an angel' Sunday TimesFrom the No.1 bestselling author of Staring at Lakes, Talking to Strangers and On Tuesdays I'm A Buddhist'In public or on stage, it's different. I'm fine. I have no bother talking to three hundred people, and sharing my feelings. But when I'm in a room on a one-to-one basis, I get lost. I can never find the right word. Except for that phrase - hold me.'Michael Harding's wife has departed for a six-week trip, and he has been left alone in their home in Leitrim. Faced with the realities of caring for himself for the first time since his illness two years before, Harding endeavours to tame the 'elephant' - an Asian metaphor for the unruly mind. As he does, he finds himself finally coming to terms with the death of his mother - a loss that has changed him more than he knows.Funny, searingly honest and profound, Hanging with the Elephant pulls back the curtain and reveals what it is really like to be alive.
The Heart of Winter
By Emma Hannigan
With the promise of December in the air and the hedgerows laced with frost, Huntersbrook House has never looked more beautiful.Once the Craig family's beloved home, the house has been transformed into a magnificent countryside venue. And the Christmas wedding of a well-known film actress is the perfect way to launch the new venture.Yet even as the fires are lit, the Craig children are feeling the chill. Pippa is skating on thin ice with her reckless personal life. Joey, preoccupied with the business, is blind to his fiancée's struggles; while Lainey's future is dealt an unforeseen cruel blow.As the wedding approaches, everyone hopes the house will weave its magic in time for the big day. But can the Craigs put their problems aside and pull together as a family once more?
How Many Letters Are In Goodbye?
By Yvonne Cassidy
It's been almost eleven years since Rhea Farrell last wrote to her mother.It was a Friday night ritual - until Rhea's father decided it was stupid to write letters to a dead person. That was the summer before the accident. The summer before Rhea began to keep her first secret.Now about to turn eighteen, far from home and alone on the streets of New York, Rhea finds herself the holder of many more secrets. So, just like she used to do as a little girl, she begins a letter with the words 'Dear Mum' and tells her mother the things she can't tell anyone else. But is it enough, to confide in someone who can never answer? Or is it the only way she knows how to say goodbye?
Hell for Leather
By Ronnie Bellew, Dermot Crowe
Hurling's appeal has never been stronger. Redefined in the past decade by a great Kilkenny team, rejuvenated by Clare's 2013 All-Ireland coup and re-energised by Dublin's grassroots' revolution, the game exerts an obsessive grip on players and followers alike. The achievements of modern teams and players are constantly weighed against those of old, and Hell for Leather chronicles hurling's evolution from the fragile beginnings of the 1880s through to the current era. It takes a new look at the epic teams that saw Tipperary, Cork and Kilkenny become 'the big three', and also traces the emergence of Wexford, Limerick, Laois, Clare, Dublin, Galway, Waterford and Offaly as contenders. It highlights the matches that made legends of the great players and analyses how the swashbuckling hurling of old has given way into a tactically nuanced game that commands global respect for its showpiece occasions. Hell for Leather is an unforgettable journey to the heart of a sport that, at its finest, can truly claim to be the greatest game on the planet.
A Husband's Confession
By Zoe Miller
Two couples. One secret. Will it be discovered? Will it be forgiven?Find out in A Husband's Confession, a sophisticated and engrossing page-turner . . .The artisan bakery Ali and Max Kennedy own isn't just a successful business - it's a second home, a dream come true. But when bad luck begins to stalk the couple, Ali worries that her fear of losing it all is becoming a reality.Across the city, Max's brother Finn and his wife Jo long for the carefree happiness they had when they first met in Australia over twenty years ago. But when Finn loses his high profile TV job and becomes more bitter by the day, Jo starts to suspect that he's hiding something from her.While both couples navigate their marriages, little do they realise that Max and Ali's daughter Jessica harbours a dark secret which threatens to destroy the whole family.Then it happens - the accident. And the Kennedys will never be the same again.
The Hope Prayer
By Liam Lawton
Liam Lawton is widely known for his spiritual and inspirational music, which has touched the lives of many thousands of people across the world.In The Hope Prayer, he has created a beautiful book of over forty prayers - each one expressed in his distinctive and illuminating voice. Including selected song lyrics, this book will take the reader on a comforting journey of the soul, across all kinds of terrain.Here are prayers of friendship, love, death, healing, illness, calm, inspiration, marriage, providence, remembering, working, celebrating life - all brought together through the theme of hope.
How The Light Gets In
By Mary McEvoy
Mary McEvoy, one of Ireland's best-loved actresses, lived for many years with undiagnosed depression. From the outside looking in, she was a successful, confident woman, making strides in her career, happy in her personal life. Yet, behind the scenes, there were times when she was so crippled with despair that the least she could do was to make it out of bed.Here, for the first time, Mary describes the true nightmare behind the façade, and how, since diagnosis, she has learned to cope, and deepened in wisdom through the experience.She traces the roots of her depression - a condition which, for a long time, she felt like she had no right to own, given that she experienced a happy childhood in a loving family. Yet key negative incidents in her early life would have a profound shape on what followed.She also looks at the broader question as to why depression is so prevalent today, and questions the modern obsession with perfection and youth, offering her 'least you can do' philosophy as a welcome antidote. She shares her insights into how a person can not only learn to cope with depression, but ultimately live life to its full potential - whatever that is.Bravely recounted and full of down-to-earth wisdom and honesty, How The Light Gets In is a book that shines a light into dark places.
Half Seven on a Thursday
By Roisin Meaney
'A novelist who has a gift for conveying the charm of the ordinary' Irish Independent on Number One bestselling author Roisin MeaneyAs opening night nears for a local amateur production, the cast begin to realise that the real drama is taking place off-stage -- and in life there's no such thing as a dress rehearsal ...When Edward Bull agreed to direct the amateur production of Death by Dying, he thought it would take his mind off his wife's recent affair. He was soon to discover, however, that all the real drama was taking place off-stage ... Maria, trapped in a loveless marriage to an older man, makes an appalling discovery. If pushed, she knows she will do whatever it takes to protect her vulnerable son, Pat. But will she find the strength to do the one thing that would save them both? Her sister Ellen, scarred after a tragic motorbike accident, seeks comfort where she can find it. Will she finally come to terms with what happened . . . and, perhaps, open her heart to love again? Handsome, charming Robert glides through life. When Caroline threatens to take his sons away from him, however, he realises that everything he ever wanted was right under his nose. But is it too late? As the weeks pass, the cast members of Death by Dying are brought together and their lives intertwine. And, as opening night draws near, they learn that in life there's no such thing as a dress rehearsal.
The Humours of Planxty
By Leagues O'toole
When Christy Moore, Dónal Lunny, Andy Irvine and Liam O'Flynn took to the stage in Vicar Street, Dublin, in January 2004, Ireland was once again treated to a live performance from one of its greatest musical collaborations.Founded in 1972 out of a meeting of minds during the recording of Christy Moore's album Prosperus, Planxty brought the instruments and harmonies of traditional Irish music to audiences all over the world, popularising and revitalising a musical tradition that was in decline.In this first official account of the group, Leagues O'Toole talks to the band's members and charts the history of Planxty, relating the highs and lows of the band's glory days through to their reformation in 2003.For over a decade, Planxty supplied the soundtrack to a constantly evolving Ireland, revitalising the relationship between traditional culture and youth culture. Today the music of Planxty is reaching new audiences and the rebellious inspiration of Ireland's first supergroup remains.
The Healing Code
By Dermot O Connor
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Dermot O'Connor dedicated his life to discovering the key ways in which you can not only live with, but also recover from, life-threatening illness. His unique and brilliant system combines Eastern and Western approaches to illness, and includes the psychology of recovery, subconscious and emotional healing, optimum diet and nutrition, detoxing for regeneration, and exercise for health recovery. Six years after his diagnosis, Dermot is in the best health of his life - and in this inspiring, practical guide he shows how you can achieve the same thing.
By Sarah O'brien
Some Monday mornings are trickier than others. Ellen Grace should know:1) A spontaneously combusted car2) A new boss who's an old lover3) An upright corpse to greet her at her first appointmentBut all chances of reasonable thought are eclipsed by the dual distractions of brooding stranger Tony Jordan and the perfect bum of new-boss-ex-lover Andrew. Murmurings of crime lords and dodgy dealings soar straight over the estate agent's head.Hot Property is an uproarious tale of love, lust . . . and the confusing bit in between.