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The Husband

Deirdre Purcell
Authors:
Deirdre Purcell

Marian Lescher's steady if predictable life in her native Chicago is upended when she is unexpectedly swept into a love affair with Irishman Daniel Lynch, a star medic renowned for his charismatic personality. Soon she has divorced her husband and, in the throes of newfound passion, finds herself quickly remarried to this extraordinary man.Her new husband has unlocked something in Marian and she feels high on life as never before, even when a darker side to his nature begins to reveal itself.Nothing can prepare her for what is to follow, though, as devastating circumstances lead her on a trail to Daniel's home in Ireland, and in turn back to America, as she tries to come to terms with the enigmatic nature of the man for whom she threw it all away - only to discover that nothing was what it seemed.The Husband is a gripping human story of love in its many guises, of losing everything and ultimately - in the small Midlands village of Glanmilish - of rediscovering the meaning of family.

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The Winter Gathering

Deirdre Purcell
Authors:
Deirdre Purcell

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 Christmastime, 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 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.

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Pearl

Deirdre Purcell
Authors:
Deirdre Purcell

In 1920s' rural Ireland, Pearl Somers lives happily with her parents, her sisters Opal and Ruby, and her little brother Willie, in the gate lodge of Kilnashone Castle, where her father is chauffeur to Lord and Lady Areton. But one dreadful night, a series of dramatic events unfold and the lives of all - elite and ordinary - are changed forever.Over 40 years later, Pearl has become a successful writer. Yet there is one story she has never told, until her young cousin Catherine confesses a secret of her own that opens a door to Pearl's past - one she thought had been firmly sealed forever.When Catherine discovers Pearl's story of heartbreak and yearning, she determines to do her best to reconcile past and present. But is it too late for Pearl to find her own happy ending?

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Follow Me Down to Dublin

Deirdre Purcell
Authors:
Deirdre Purcell

In the course of conversation, she learns how her birthplace is viewed and remembered by a host of  Dubliners - from broadcasters to shop workers recalling showband days; by the city's writers, actors, historians and, most tellingly,  her ordinary folk who, with wit and fondness, share far from ordinary reminiscences, Here are images of the clip-clop of Guinness drays, of thronged and opulent Corpus Christi processions, of penitential but sociable rounds of The Seven Churches on Holy Thursdays, of Jewish tailoring houses, of the gentle self-sufficiency of the Dublin Protestant - and of an intimate, impenetrable lingo spoken and understood only by those in the city's retail trade.In words and pictures, we learn about the closure of the fabled Frawley's of Thomas Street -  a hugely emotional event for the staff and its heartbroken customers - about the ballroom of romance in the Broadway Café in O'Connell Street, about the blowing up of Nelson's Pillar and the devastating fire in Power's Distillery,  about Moore Street then and now, about the spread of the city into the 'new Dublins' of Finglas, Crumlin and beyond. Dubliners featured include Dermot Bolger, Catherine Hogan, Peter Sheridan, Ronan Sheehan, Geraldine Plunkett, Aidan Mathews, Pat Liddy, Larry Gogan, Bernard Farrell, Deirdre McQuillan and Kevin Hough, all of whom agree that what makes the city special is the indomitable spirit of the Dubliner. Follow Me Down to Dublin is a book to be savoured by Dublin's natives, her 'blow-ins', and by all who have enjoyed even a passing acquaintance with Anna Livia and her court.

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Days We Remember

Deirdre Purcell
Authors:
Deirdre Purcell
Hachette Books Ireland

Diamonds and Holes in my Shoes

Deirdre Purcell
Authors:
Deirdre Purcell

When Deirdre Purcell turned sixty, she cheered. Never again would she have to fit into a size ten dress, and while her dream of crossing the US on a Harley remained, if it was never realised, well, she'd live. In Diamonds and Holes in My Shoes, for the first time, this much-loved story-teller takes stock of her years to date and reveals very personal memories and reflections. From her earliest days as a small 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 the years as an Abbey actress, 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 story behind the story-teller from a keen observer who has recorded a dramatically changing Ireland over the past sixty years.

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Tell Me Your Secret

Deirdre Purcell
Authors:
Deirdre Purcell
Hachette Books Ireland

Children of Eve

Deirdre Purcell
Authors:
Deirdre Purcell

Caroline Foran

Formerly of IMAGE Publications (and entertainment.ie, where she was the Editor), Caroline Foran is now a freelance lifestyle journalist working in Dublin, and also runs her own digital publishing venture, GAFFInteriors.ie. Prior to her career in media, she obtained a degree in Communications and a Masters in Film & TV, both from DCU. Her first book, Owning It: Your Bullsh*-Free Guide to Living with Anxiety, is a No.1 bestseller in Ireland. The Confidence Kit is her second book.

Clodagh Murphy

Clodagh Murphy was born in Dublin in 1961. She moved to London in the 1980s and lived there for several years. She currently lives in Dublin with her beloved laptop. She is an aunt to five nephews and one niece.

Conor Bowman

Conor Bowman was born on a Thursday in the west of Ireland. He is left-handed and hates coriander. In 1986, he stood up Samuel Beckett and has always regretted it. Incredibly, he was once offered a place to study in Cambridge University and that year changed his life. His favourite writers are Graham Greene and A.M. Homes. Conor also writes songs. He has no mobile phone. He is not afraid of umbrellas and has an average sugar reading of 7.8. His hero is Elvis Presley. His favourite film is The 39 Steps. Conor works as a senior counsel and lives in Meath. He is married with four children.He is the author of Horace Winter Says Goodbye and Hughie Mittman's Fear of Lawnmowers, both of which he wrote in longhand.

Eirin Thompson

Eirin Thompson is a mum of three and worked as a newspaper journalist before turning to novel writing. She has recently completed a masters degree from the Open University degree programme at Queen's University, Belfast. She now lives in County Armagh.

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.

Emma Hannigan

Emma Hannigan was the beloved and bestselling author of thirteen novels, including the No.1 bestseller Letters to My Daughters.Her bestselling memoir Talk to the Headscarf was updated and revised as All To Live For: Fighting Cancer. Finding Hope. In 2007 Emma was diagnosed with breast cancer and her eleven-year battle with cancer began. As an ambassador for Breast Cancer Ireland Emma worked to dispel the fears around cancer and spread hope about new treatments. In February 2018 Emma shared that her team of dedicated doctors had exhausted all avenues in terms of her treatment. She launched a social media campaign #HelpEmmaHelpOthers to raise ?100,000 for Breast Cancer Ireland. Two weeks later, shortly before her death, Emma's target had been reached. In the final months of her life, Emma completed her thirteenth novel, The Gift of Friends, sending her acknowledgements to her editor just days before she passed away.

Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Felicity Hayes-McCoy was born in Dublin, Ireland. She studied literature at UCD before moving to England in the 1970s to train as an actress. Her work as a writer ranges from tv and radio drama and documentary, to screenplays, music theatre and children's books. Her fiction is widely read and is available in the US and Canada as well as Australia, Germany, Italy, Holland, France, China and South Korea. She and her husband, opera director Wilfred Judd, live in Corca Dhuibhne and in Bermondsey, London. She blogs about life in both places on her website www.felicityhayesmccoy.co.uk

Henrietta McKervey

Henrietta McKervey was born in Belfast and now lives in Dublin. She is the author of What Becomes of Us and The Heart of Everything.Violet Hill is her third novel. @hmckervey www.henriettamckervey.com

Kate McCabe

Kate McCabe is married with two children and lives in Howth in County Dublin. She is a former journalist and has published several bestselling novels including The Music of Love, The Spanish Letter, The Beach Bar, The Book Club and The Man of Her Dreams. Kate's hobbies include reading, music, travelling and walking along the beach in Howth while she thinks up plots for her stories.

Maria Duffy

When Maria Duffy left her career in the bank to become a stay-at-home mum, she never dreamed that writing, something she's always loved, would become her job one day. She lives in Dublin with her husband Paddy and their four children.Her bestselling novels include Any Dream Will Do, One Wish and A Love Like This.

Melanie Murphy

Melanie Murphy is an award-winning filmmaker and lifestyle YouTuber from Ireland and has reached sixty million people with her videos. Her first book, Fully Functioning Human (Almost) - a memoir full of advice for young people growing up in this digital age - was an Irish bestseller in 2017. If Only, Melanie's debut novel and a long awaited leap into the world of fiction writing, will publish in the summer of 2019.

Michael Clifford

Michael Clifford is Special Correspondent for the Irish Examiner. He has been working in print and broadcast journalism for over twenty years. He is the author of three non-fiction books, including Bertie Ahern and the Drumcondra Mafia (with Shane Coleman) and two crime novels. In 2014, TV3's Tonight with Vincent Browne programme selected him as Journalist of the Year for his coverage of the garda whistleblower story. He was named the newspaper industry's Journalist of the Year in 2016.He lives in Dublin.@mickcliff