A Ploughing People
By Valerie Cox
Journey into the heartland of rural Ireland, in words and images, from the 1930s to today. Meet the characters behind the Ploughing Championships, past and present. Witness the traditions and stories from a changing way of life, where community spirit remains central, and the plough keeps turning the sod, year on year . . .Since the early 1930s, The National Ploughing Championships has occupied a special place in the heart of ruralIrish life, when people gather from every corner of the country to show off their skills and engage in sport, fun and business. Here, for the first time, the magic of the Ploughing is captured in word and image. We follow Valerie Cox as she journeys around Ireland to meet the people who make this national institution great, and record the stories of what the ploughing means to them, whether it's vintage tractors, a pair of Clydesdales or a plough handed down from a grandfather.Among others, we meet three-time world champion Martin Keogh, take an unforgettable trip to Thady Kelleher country in East Cork, and are enchanted by the first even Queen of the Plough Anna Mai Donegan, who won her crown in 1955.This beautiful book also provides a record of a landscape that may bear little resemblance to that of the 1930s but, in important ways - of family, community and the nod and wink of the business deal - is little changed. A gift, a keepsake, A Ploughing People is a unique celebration of the best of Irish life.
By Martina Reilly
Sash Donnelly has done her best to move on - from Applegate, the small town where nothing ever seems out of the ordinary, and from that night, fifteen years ago.Then it happens - the vicious murder that stuns Applegate's tight-knit community. And Sash receives a phone call from Marcus, her childhood sweetheart. He's facing a life behind bars and needs her to tell everyone the truth.Lana, Sash's sister, knows that something happened that night, something that changed Sash, but she has no idea what. And she has a secret too, one that could save Marcus's life. Someone just needs to ask her the right question.
The Ponzi Man
By Declan Lynch
"All I have is a mobile home and a wife somewhere up in Dublin who despises me, and this strange feeling that I am on the brink of discovering the meaning of life ... "John Devlin has lost all that he owned, and all that a lot of other people owned, through internet gambling. His once-celebrated financial genius has now made him notorious. They are calling him the Ponzi Man.Waiting to stand trial for stealing his clients' money, he goes back to live in a caravan in a seaside resort in which he spent the summers of his childhood, where memories and living reminders of better times taunt him.John's young solicitor James tries to persuade him to embark on a programme of rehabilitation, to reduce his jail sentence. He is just a gambler, he insists, a gambler who ran out of time. But even with his trial less than a month away, he is contemplating one last big play.Richly insightful, deeply humorous, often poignant, The Ponzi Man skilfully reveals the inner-world of a man who knows every maddening thing about gambling, except how to give it up.
By Emily Hourican
A haunting tale of friendship, loyalty and how one decision, one night, can decide the future.In an exclusive all girls' secondary school, they become friends. They choose the same university, and through smoke-filled nights, lectures, sexual encounters and first loves, their bond deepens: a friendship which seems like it will last for evermore.But then, at an end-of-year party, something happens which changes everything ... Afterwards, they drift apart. Now Stella, a lawyer in New York, lives for her work; Laura, a struggling journalist in Dublin, is still waiting for the scoop to kick-start her career; while Amanda, broken and beautiful, lives a life of slow decay in London. Then the phone call comes which brings them back together, to the friendship they swore would last, and the night when it all went wrong.
The Perfect Gift
By Emma Hannigan
When Roisin returned home from France to the seaside village of Ballyshore heartbroken, she threw herself into fulfilling her lifelong dream to running her own artisan café. Five years on, her love life is still on ice but Nourriture, her café and delicatessen, is thriving.But then, on her thirtieth birthday, Roisin receives two pieces of unexpected news which shake her to her core: a letter from her birth mother, a woman she's never met, and some devastating news about her business.Meanwhile, the one person Roisin has always turned to, her adoptive mum Keeley, is hiding her own secret.The two women must face truths about the past. Will they discover that the gift of love between a mother and a daughter is the most precious gift of all?
The Pink Pepper Tree
By Muriel Bolger
June Cusack is refusing to attend her husband Lorcan's funeral and everyone around her is wondering why: what kind of wife won't say goodbye to her husband of seven years?Her reasons for not attending the funeral will remain her secret, however. She has other secrets too - ones she shared with her ex-partner Peter, who she once thought of as the love of her life. Until their plans for the future fell apart.Now, she can't stop thinking about Peter - their dreams, their happiness - and comes to wonder what might have been. Could it be that he has spent their years apart thinking the same thing? Only time will tell, and a chance meeting that reveals to June that, just maybe, fate is giving them a second chance...
By Emma Hannigan
A heartwarming novel of love, friendship and coming home from this bestselling author ...When actress Jodi Ludlum returns to the Dublin village of Bakers Valley to raise her young son, she's determined to shield him from the media glare that follows her in LA. But coming home means leaving her husband behind - and waking old ghosts... Francine Hennessy was born and raised in Bakers Valley. To all appearances, she is the model wife, mother, home-maker and career woman. But, behind closed doors, Francine's life is crumbling around her. As Jodi struggles to conceal her secrets and Francine faces some shocking news, the two become unlikely confidants. Suddenly having the perfect life seems less important than finding friendship, and the perfect place to belong...
By 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?
The People Next Door: From the Number One Bestselling Author
By Roisin Meaney
'Roisin Meaney is a skilful storyteller' Sheila O'FlanaganA warm, spell-binding tale of friendship, love and second chances from this Number One bestselling author.Behind the brightly coloured doors of Miller's Avenue live people with very complicated lives...When Yvonne in number 7 joins an online dating website, she's looking for something more than friendship but after a series of disastrous encounters, decides to shut down her account. Is she shutting out her only chance of finding love? While next door Dan, still reeling from his wife's desertion, signs up for a cookery course. As his lemon souffle rises, so does his interest in someone close to home ...Further along, Kathryn is struggling to keep her marriage together despite the best efforts of her interfering mother-in-law. As tension grows between the two women, Kathryn wonders if Grainne will finally succeed, as she realises that she may never give her husband Justin what he wants. As the drama unfolds along Millers Avenue, the inhabitants learn that the things you most yearn for can often be found on your own doorstep.
Pieces of Me
By Roisin Ingle
'The prospect of taking over the 'Regarding Ireland' column scared me witless. If they'd changed the title to 'Regarding Reality TV' or even 'Regarding Róisín', I might have been slightly more enthusiastic. But only slightly...'Despite her initial reluctance, Róisín Ingle's weekly column in The Irish Times Magazine has been enjoyed by thousands of readers over the last three years. In her disarmingly open style - always humorous, often deeply affecting - she muses on life, love and everything in between.Collected together for the first time, the columns are accompanied by new writing in which she reflects on the death of her father, her failed marriage, her unlikely path into journalism and her long-standing love affair with Borza's fish and chips. From her self-destructive years to her spiritual adventures to the summer she found love again in the middle of a Portadown riot, she writes about the journey so far with all the tenderness, humour and honesty her fans have come to expect.Pieces of Me will stir, engage and delight readers who will often find their lives reflected back through her pen.