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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781399714051

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‘You will fall in love with every one of the Tobin family’ Edel Coffey

‘Smart and highly perceptive, this is a writer who is not afraid to tell it as it is. The Last Days of Joy is a brave and profoundly honest book, written with dark humour’ Kathleen McMahon

‘A really engaging, raw, page turner of a novel about family, dysfunction & how the past always catches up with you’ Sinead Moriarty


Conor, the high-achieving CEO and media darling
walking a fine line between self-promotion and self-destruction

Frances, the ‘perfect’ middle child
on the verge of making a mistake that could destroy her marriage.

Sinead, the acclaimed writer
driven to desperate measures to deliver another guaranteed bestseller to her publisher.

And their mother, Joy
with one last devastating secret to share

As Conor, Frances and Sinead gather to say goodbye to Joy, they finally come to understand her past, and the woman she became.

The Last Days of Joy is a powerful, unforgettable story about family and dysfunction, heartbreak and healing, and how it’s never too late to forgive those you love, and yourself.

‘Authentic, deeply moving and full of hope, this book broke my heart a little’ Jacqueline Bublitz, bestselling author of Before You Knew My Name


The Last Days of Joy examines family, mental health and motherhood and is already being described as a worthy successor of Meg Mason's Sorrow And Bliss
Irish Independent
The Last Days of Joy is a page turner, portraying the madness and messiness of family life. This novel is full of humanity, its cast of characters all at the centre of tragedy, but coupled with Tiernan's deliciously dark humour and sharp observations on modern life--it works brilliantly. I loved it!
Elaine Feeney
Moving, funny, sharp, and beautifully written, The Last Days of Joy is an absolutely stunning debut. I laughed and cried my way through and can't wait to read the next Anne Tiernan
Andrea Mara
A bittersweet tale of family betrayal and healing that will keep you engrossed to the last word
Irish Mail on Sunday
This is Tiernan's first novel, but you wouldn't know it from the skilled storytelling, and the real wisdom that lies alongside a vein of dark humour
Sunday Independent
This darkly funny and heartfelt debut ... shines a light on that most universal of things - the complicated family dynamic
Womans Way
The Last Days of Joy is a solid debut of fluent prose, discerning insights and colourful characterisation. Each of the siblings is distinctly drawn; Tiernan has a nose for engrossing scenarios that will keep readers turning the pages
Irish Times
The Last Days of Joy is a powerful and thought-provoking read that delves into the complexities of family life and mental health yet somehow remains uplifting
Irish Independent