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Out of Focus

Muriel Bolger
Authors:
Muriel Bolger

When Sandra, the teenage daughter of two respectable country teachers, becomes pregnant, she is sent away from home. Alone in the world except for her baby son, Sandra's world falls apart when he is taken from her.Nearly forty years later, having rebuilt her life in Dublin with a loving husband and two grown-up children, Sandra still struggles with the secrets of her past. She never stops thinking about the son she held for the first few weeks of his life.When, out of the blue, her son contacts her, Sandra thinks she is being given a second chance. But he has his own reasons for seeking her out, and now she has a choice to make ...As her past and present collide, Sandra has to come to terms with the decision her family made all those years ago ... but maybe now there's a chance for her to finally find some peace?

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The Pink Pepper Tree

Muriel Bolger
Authors:
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...

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The Captain's Table

Muriel Bolger
Authors:
Muriel Bolger

When a group of solo travellers meet for dinner on the first night of a luxury cruise, alliances are quickly formed. But as the ship makes its way through azure Mediterranean waters, it becomes clear that some of the passengers have their own reasons for wanting to escape their everyday lives . . . There's the glamorous London heiress looking for love; the wealthy businessman trying to decide between the life he has, and the life he really wants; the shrewd Scotsman looking for his next opportunity - in business and romance; and the newly separated Dubliner on the run from the media glare - and her controlling ex. Will they find what they're looking for on the open sea? One thing's for sure, it's a holiday they'll never forget.

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Intentions

Muriel Bolger
Authors:
Muriel Bolger

Three People . . .Beatrice Cullen - the beautiful, career-driven Dubliner. So far she hasn't met anyone who has made her want to give up her independent lifestyle and freedom. Until she encounters . . .Damien Doyle - the charismatic Dean of Students in a medical school in Dublin. But Damien is destined to travel to India for the summer to oversee a charity project in Mumbai. Once there, he is reunited with a former student . . .. . . the passionate young doctor Iswara Singhanid who is determined to go against her parents' wishes for her marriage and her career.As Damien and Iswara work together in the intense heat of Mumbai, Beatrice writes to Damien with news from home. But then tragedy strikes and all three find themselves irrevocably joined as tensions, prejudices and long-held traditions surface.Damien finds himself torn between responsibility and love, friendship and duty.From the leafy city parks of Dublin to the crowded streets of Mumbai, Intentions is an intricately drawn story of love and commitment and of the choices we all have to face.

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Consequences

Muriel Bolger
Authors:
Muriel Bolger

Every year, a close-knit group of friends spend two sun-filled weeks in a Spanish villa. For Derek and Sharonne, Conor and Maeve, Rory and Trish, and Liam, it's the perfect way to end the summer and escape their high-pressured lives in Dublin. No children, no responsibilities, and no distractions. This year, however, the group befriends Agneta and Anna Maria, two women holidaying in a neighbouring villa, and a series of events is set in motion that will shake the group to its very core.As the holiday comes to an end and the friends arrive home in Dublin, life appears to go back to normal. But the deceptions that began in Spain refuse to be buried and infidelities and secrets come to the surfaceAs facades crumble, each of the friends discover who they can trust and who, ultimately, will betray them. But will they learn to live with the consequences of their actions?

Alison Walsh

Alison Walsh has worked in publishing and literary journalism for a number of years. She wrote a popular and humorous column on family life for the Irish Independent for some years, and this was followed by a memoir on motherhood, In My Mother's Shoes, which became a number-one Irish bestseller in 2010. She is a regular contributor to the Sunday Independent books pages. Alison lives in Dublin with her husband and three children.Follow her on Twitter at @authoralison or visit her website at www.alisonwalsh.net

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.

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch began his writing career at the age of seventeen with Ireland's rock and roll magazine Hot Pressand now writes for the Sunday Independent. He is the author of several works of fiction and non-fiction, including the acclaimed novel The Rooms, and The Ponzi Man.

Deirdre Purcell

Deirdre Purcell was born and brought up in Dublin, and educated there and in a County Mayo convent. Before turning to the writing of fiction, she lived through an eclectic set of careers, including acting, as a member of the permanent company of Ireland`s National Theatre (The Abbey), and journalism for all media - for which she won Ireland's top awards. She has written numerous fiction and non-fiction bestsellers and regularly presents 'What it says in the papers' on RTE's Morning Ireland.

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 and White Villa. She lives in Dublin with her family.The Blamed is her third novel.

Emma Hannigan

Emma Hannigan is the author of thirteen bestselling books, including No.1 bestsellers The Perfect Gift, The Wedding Promise and Letters to My Daughters. She published her bestselling memoir Talk to the Headscarf in 2011, which has been updated and extended as All to Live For: Fighting Cancer. Finding Hope. www.emmahannigan.comFind Emma on twitter @MsEmmaHannigan

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

Fiona O'Brien

Fiona O'Brien left an award winning career in advertising to write her first novel in 2002. She went on to publish bestselling novels including None of My Affair, No Reservations, Without Him and The Love Book. She lives in Sandymount, Dublin. You can find Fiona on Facebook.

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

Justine Delaney Wilson

Born in Dublin, Justine Delaney Wilson read English at Trinity College Dublin and completed a post-grad in Journalism at the Dublin Institute of Technology.She has been writing on a freelance basis ever since, and worked in television research and production for over a decade.Her first book, The High Society (Gill & Macmillan, 2007) was nominated in the Non-Fiction Book of the Year category at the BGE Irish Book Awards in 2008.She is the author of two novels, The Difference and Listen for the Weather.@justinedelw

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.

Martina Reilly

Martina Reilly, formerly known as the author Tina Reilly, lives in County Kildare with her husband and two children. Catch up with Martina on her website www.tinareilly.info, on Facebook or on Twitter @MartinaReilly

Muriel Bolger

Muriel Bolger is a well-known Irish journalist and award-winning travel writer. In addition to her works of fiction she has also written four books on her native city, including Dublin - City of Literature (O'Brien Press), which won the Travel Extra Travel Guide Book of the Year 2012.