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Staff Picks 2021

Adult Irish Fiction

Trespasses by Louise KennedyTrespasses by Louise Kennedy
Bloomsbury Circus 2022

There is nothing special about the day Cushla meets Michael, a married man from Belfast, in the pub owned by her family. But here, love is never far from violence, and this encounter will change both of their lives forever. As Cushla is forced to tread lines she never thought she would cross, tensions in the town are escalate. Tender and shocking, Trespasses is an unforgettable debut about people trying to live ordinary lives in extraordinary times.

 

Forever Home by Graham NortonForever Home by Graham Norton
Coronet 2022

Carol is a divorced teacher living in a small town in Ireland. A second chance at love brings her unexpected connection and belonging. The new relationship sparks local speculation. It seems there are secrets in Declan's past, strange rumours that were never confronted and suddenly the house they share takes on a more sinister significance. In his tense and darkly comic new novel Norton casts a light on the relationship between mothers and daughters, and truth and self-preservation with unnerving effect.

 

 

There's Been a Little Incident by Alice RyanThere's Been a Little Incident by Alice Ryan
Apollo 2022

Molly Black has disappeared and the Black family is arguing over what to do. Former model Lady V presumes Molly's just off taking drugs and sleeping with strangers; Cousin Anne, tired of living in Molly's shadow, is keeping quiet, and cousin Bobby is distracted by his own issues. But Molly's disappearance is eerily familiar to Uncle John. He is determined never to lose anyone again. Especially not his niece, who is more like her mum than she realises.

 

The Queen of Dirt Island by Donal RyanThe Queen of Dirt Island by Donal Ryan
Doubleday 2022

The Aylward women are mad about each other, but you wouldn't always think it. You'd have to know them to know that their house is a place of peace, filled with love, a refuge from the sadness and cruelty of the world. Theirs is a story of terrible betrayals and fierce loyalties, of isolation and togetherness, of transgression, forgiveness, desire, and love. About all the things family can be and all the things it sometimes isn't.

 

Again Rachel by Marian KeyesAgain Rachel by Marian Keyes
Michael Joseph 2022

In her twenties, Rachel Walsh was a mess. Since her spell in rehab, though, she's come a long way on the road to recovery - and now, she's ready to go back to where it all began. But this time, the student has become the teacher. Rachel's finally got herself on track - but life never stops being messy. And when an old flame resurfaces, will she go back to who she once was? Or nearing fifty, can she find herself all over again? Marian Keyes is back on form with her sequel to one of her bestsellers, Rachel’s Holiday.

 

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