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The Blamed

Emily Hourican
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Emily Hourican
Hachette Books Ireland

Letters to My Daughters

Emma Hannigan
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Emma Hannigan

The new heartwarming novel from Emma Hannigan, the No. 1 Irish bestselling author of The Perfect Gift and The Wedding Promise. Perfect for fans of Patricia Scanlan and Jojo Moyes. Throughout their lives, the three Brady sisters have always been closer to their nanny May than to their own mother, Martha a busy midwife. May always thought of them as her daughters so when she dies suddenly, the sisters are left devastated -- especially when they learn that letters intended for them from May with final words of advice and love have gone missing.But what words of advice could the sisters need?Beatrice, owner of exclusive wedding boutiques, is busy and fulfilled. Rose has a beautiful daughter, a luxurious home and a thriving interiors company. And Jeannie, married to a wealthy plastic surgeon in L.A., wants for nothing. Except that each of the sisters carries a secret ...And as they gather for the reading of May's will in Dublin, they must face some life-changing decisions. Will they ever learn the words of advice May had for them, and discover who took the letters?Letters to my Daughters is the spell-binding story about the complicated bonds between women -- daughters, mothers, sisters -- and how love and happiness comes in many guises.For love, laughter, tears and joy, read Emma Hannigan...

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The Weekend Dad

Alison Walsh
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Alison Walsh
Hachette Books Ireland

Time Pieces

John Banville, Paul Joyce
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John Banville, Paul Joyce

'If you're interested in Dublin, or if you're interested in the novelist John Banville, or if you're interested in radiantly superb sentences about whatever - I'm all three - then Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir is a book you'll not be able to put down' The Guardian'A trove of arresting imagery, from the lushly poetic to the luridly absurd ... utterly delightful' Irish Times'Delicious ... Banville's soarings, like a hawk's, are both wild and comprehensive, taking in everything and imagining more' New York TimesFor the young John Banville, Dublin was a place of enchantment and yearning. Each year, on his birthday - the 8th of December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception - he and his mother would journey by train to the capital city, passing frosted pink fields at dawn, to arrive at Westland Row and the beginning of a day's adventures that included much-anticipated trips to Clery's and the Palm Beach ice-cream parlour. The aspiring writer first came to live in the city when he was eighteen. In a once grand but now dilapidated flat in Upper Mount Street, he wrote and dreamed and hoped. It was a cold time, for society and for the individual - one the writer would later explore through the famed Benjamin Black protagonist Quirke - but underneath the seeming permafrost a thaw was setting in, and Ireland was beginning to change.Alternating between vignettes of Banville's own past, and present-day historical explorations of the city, Time Pieces is a vivid evocation of childhood and memory - that 'bright abyss' in which 'time's alchemy works' - and a tender and powerful ode to a formative time and place for the artist as a young man. Accompanied by images of the city by photographer Paul Joyce.

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The House on Seaview Road

Alison Walsh
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Alison Walsh

It's 1983, and two sisters on the cusp of adulthood grow up in a crumbling seafront house in south Dublin.Marie Stephenson dreams of making her mark on the world but strains under the responsibility of a promise 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 childhood 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?The House on Seaview Road is a story about first love, growing up and about the enduring bonds of sisterhood.

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Children of the Rising

Joe Duffy
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Joe Duffy

Children of the Rising is the first ever account of the young lives violently lost during the week of the 1916 Rising: long-forgotten and never commemorated, until now.Boys, girls, rich, poor, Catholic, Protestant - no child was guaranteed immunity from the bullet and bomb that week, in a place where teeming tenement life existed side by side with immense wealth.Drawing on extensive original research, along with interviews with relatives, Joe Duffy creates a compelling picture of these forty lives, along with one of the cut and thrust of city life between the two canals a century ago.This gripping story of Dublin and its people in 1916 will add immeasurably to our understanding of the Easter Rising. Above all, it honours the forgotten lives, largely buried in unmarked graves, of those young people who once called Dublin their home.

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All That I Leave Behind

Alison Walsh
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Alison Walsh

'That was my punishment: to have left them - Mary-Pat, June, Pius and my little Rosie - and yet brought them with me in my heart, where I could never let them go.'Nearly thirty years after their mother's disappearance, the O'Connor children still bear the scars of her leaving. Mary-Pat pushes her own family further and further away. June quietly lives her own lie. Pius has shut himself off from the world, while Rosie has spent the past ten years denying who she is.When Rosie returns to the small town where they grew up to get married, she awakens old ghosts. As the siblings are forced to confront the reason their mother left all those years ago, they begin to realise that for things to be fixed, first they have to be broken.And for their mother, time has not erased the pain of leaving them.All That I Leave Behind is the story of a family torn apart by passion, and the conflict between love and duty.

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Full On

Ivan Yates
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Ivan Yates

In Full On, ex-government minister, businessman and broadcaster Ivan Yates recounts a fascinating political and personal story. From his early days in Enniscorthy to his youthful entry into national politics - becoming the youngest member of the 22nd Dáil at just twenty-one years old - it describes his subsequent rise within Fine Gael and the John Bruton-led coalition government of the mid-1990s.With characteristic honesty, he paints a gritty, no-holds-barred picture of the ruthless realities - and characters - behind the spin of Irish political life, and how he played his part. He describes his time as Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and how, during the BSE crisis of the mid-1990s, he pushed himself to his physical and mental limits, before finally leaving politics behind in 2001 to pursue business.He recounts the ambitious rise of Celtic Bookmakers in the Tiger era, and the cost of its ultimate demise, leading to bankruptcy, with its heavy personal price.A gripping and utterly compelling read, Full On is a journey behind the scenes of not just one life but of a modern Ireland that has seen more than its share of highs and lows.

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Dear Ross

Evelyn O'Rourke
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Evelyn O'Rourke
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Staring at Lakes: A Memoir of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking

Michael Harding
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Michael Harding
Hachette Books Ireland

This is Rugby

George Hook
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George Hook
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Maeve's Times

Maeve Binchy
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Maeve Binchy
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Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World

Janet E Cameron
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Janet E Cameron

House Parties. Pick-Up Trucks. Cherry-Vanilla Ice-Cream. Prom Night. Unrequited Love.Welcome to the spring of 1987 and the world of Stephen Shulevitz who, with three months of high school to go in the small town of Riverside, Nova Scotia, has just realised he's fallen in love - with exactly the wrong person.Welcome to the end of the world.As Stephen navigates his last few months before college dealing with his overly dependent mother, his distant, pot-smoking father, and his dysfunctional best friends Lana and Mark, he must decide between love and childhood friendship; between the person he is and the person he can be. But sometimes leaving the past behind is harder than it seems . . .Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World is a bittersweet story of growing up and of one young man finding happiness on his own terms.

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Vanishing Ireland: Recollections of our Changing Times

James Fennell, Turtle Bunbury
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James Fennell, Turtle Bunbury
Hachette Books Ireland

A Season to Remember

Sheila O'Flanagan
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Sheila O'Flanagan

It's Christmas at Sugar Loaf Lodge and everyone checking in to the luxury hotel has their reasons for spending the holiday away from home. A heartbroken guest tries to put the past behind her; a stressed couple long for peace and quiet; a young woman eagerly anticipates a romantic night with the man she loves - although he should be spending it with somebody else. And it's not just the guests who are hoping for a happier New Year. Worried about their business surviving the recession, the hotel's owners are determined to make it a holiday to remember.As many more tales unfold, and a visitor from times past prepares to take her own journey, we watch and wonder: will everyone's Christmas wishes come true?This special book of touching and poignant stories is guaranteed to warm your heart on a cold winter's night.

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Notes from the Margins

Fergus Finlay
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Fergus Finlay
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Diamonds and Holes in my Shoes

Deirdre Purcell
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Deirdre Purcell

Emily Hourican

Emily Hourican is a journalist and author. She has written features for the Sunday Independent for ten years, as well as Image magazine, Conde Nast Traveler and Woman and Home. She was also editor of The Dubliner Magazine. Emily's first book, a memoir titled How To (Really) Be A Mother was published in 2013. She is also the author of novels The Privileged, White Villa and The Blamed. She lives in Dublin with her family.

Joe Duffy

Broadcaster Joe Duffy is the presenter of Ireland's most popular daily radio show, Liveline, on RTE Radio 1. He also presents Joe Duffy's Spirit Level on RTE television and writes a weekly column for the Irish Mail on Sunday.Born in Dublin's Mountjoy Square and reared in Ballyfermot, his bestselling memoir Just Joe was published in 2010.His interest in researching and writing about the forgotten children killed in 1916 was sparked by an art project he undertook in Easter 2013 for the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation.In 2014 he organised the first national ecumenical service of Reclamation and Remembrance for the children killed in the Easter Rising.Children of the Rising won the National Book Tokens Non-Fiction Book of the Year award at the BGE Irish Book Awards in 2015, and was a No.1 bestseller in Ireland.

Suzanne Power

Suzanne was born in 1968, into a family of postmen. A voice from the adult word said that writers did not earn a living, but journalists did. So Suzanne set her cap at that profession. She entered it at the age of 16, writing letters to newspapers. Some were published. She went to college and went on to have a career as a print and television journalist, presenter and producer in Britain, Northern and Southern Ireland. She has worked for Fleet Street, BBC, London Weekend Television, women's magazines, Ulster Television, RTE, the Irish national broadcasting station. She has been a Features Editor, a primetime presenter, a producer. In 1994 she phoned in sick one day and wrote 5,000 words on an ex prisoner and an ex nun called Broken Teapots. It was one of the winners of the prestigious Fish Short Story Competition which attracts entries from all over the world. Roddy Doyle was the judge that year. The following year she was short-listed in the same competition, judged by Germaine Greer. Then she got rejected a few times. Then she got distracted by journalism. She wrote a book on women's well being which was very well received. Being You allowed her to interview women from all walks of life about the natural conditions of their existence and the strength and hurt and inspiration they drew from it.Her first novel, The Lost Souls's Reunion was well reviewed and published in a number of different countries. Factual work has always allowed her to explore people - young and old. She has heard all their voices. Now they carry characters that belong to stories she is putting down.She got sick and had to resign from mainstream journalism. It took two years of stillness for her to work this out, but she has done so. She is back to active life, but has not announced her arrival since two boys arrived at the same time in 2001 and she is kept busy looking after them.She is consumed with interest for people and the world. This has led to some extraordinary situations, like the head of immigration in Northern Pakistan sending musicians to serenade her at dawn, taking her to no rules polo games, bending over backwards to get her into China across the Khunjerab Pass. Taking a mouth rather than mind-altering substance in a Borneo longhouse with a group of cackling women who insisted on stripping her naked and dressing her in full ceremonial gear. Her tongue was not working, so she could not object. Her then father-in-law fielded written proposals of marriage from an ardent tribesman who eventually grew threatening. She was shot at in the Australian outback, having been mistaken for a rabbit. She saw ghosts at the top of Asia's highest mountain and a man died of stab wounds in front of her in Cambodia. She lived in the back of a car for three months and has spent a night alone in the wilderness banishing ghosts. She writes a column for the Evening Herald on Friday's and for a decade she was the profiles writer and literary editor of IT Magazine and reviews. She's also been a columnist for Ireland on Sunday, Woman's Way and U magazines over the past decade. She makes regular appearances on radio and television to talk about oddities. They pay her for this and she still cannot figure out why. She is a profile writer, this has given her the opportunity to meet everyone from FW de Klerk to Isabel Allende. Her short stories and travel writing have been published in a number of different anthologies. She lives with her partner, a special needs education expert and lecturer in early childhood education and care. They have twin boys