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On our Doubleday Ireland list is Anne Chambers’ authorized biography of ‘the architect of modern Ireland’. T.K. Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot draws from in-depth interviews conducted with Dr Whitaker and his family, as well as exclusive access to his personal papers and correspondence, to deliver ‘A valuable and often absorbing book. ... a testament to the importance of the real meaning of republicanism and “the common good”’ (Diarmaid Ferriter, The Irish Times).

Anna McPartlin’s The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes has had great success on the bestseller lists – in both Ireland and the UK – and we’re thrilled to see its selection for the Richard and Judy Book Club this year. A sparkling, life-affirming novel, this is the story of an extraordinary woman whose time is coming to an end. Follow Mia ‘Rabbit’ Hayes as she laughs through life’s surprises and manages to find joy in every moment. ‘What a beautiful book. I smiled and cried my way through’ (Jane Green).

We’re also delighted with the reception for our two major Irish sporting autobiographies of last year, both of which were top five bestsellers. In My Own Words by Paul Galvin – one of the greatest GAA footballers of the modern era – is an absorbing, unflinchingly honest account of a career that has fascinated fans for over a decade. Matt Cooper found it to be ‘a great read’ (The Last Word), while Malachy Clerkin of The Irish Times thought it ‘Beautifully written’. Dalo: The Autobiography of Anthony Daly has also met with much success. Described by The Sunday Times as ‘Sport book of the year’, Dalo offers new and refreshing insight into one of the best-loved personalities in the GAA, and the most successful captain in the history of Clare hurling. ‘One of the most thoughtful, engaging reads all year’ (The Irish Times). A further treat for hurling fans is Fields of Fire, Damian Lawlor’s brilliant account of the remarkable renaissance in the sport in recent years.

Donal Ryan’s The Thing About December continues to impress, and fans of award-winning, bestselling The Spinning Heart have not been disappointed. ‘A concise, radiant, measured and integral work; one of those beautiful, serious, fully living novels that make you laugh out loud’ (Sebastian Barry, The Guardian). Anne Enright describes the writing as at once ‘beautiful’ and ‘devastating’ (Observer) while John Boyne believes ‘Ryan's work has set a benchmark to which other writers will aspire’ (The Irish Times). Watch out for Donal’s much anticipated story collection, A Slanting of the Sun , to be released this autumn.

Sinéad McCoole’s Easter Widows offers a refreshingly new angle on the Rising of 1916. This is ‘a valiant account of what the women did for a country that has yet to live up to the 1916 ideal of equality between Irish men and Irish women’ (Susan McKay, The Irish Times). ‘Of the many books that will be published to commemorate the Easter Rising’s centenary ... few will be as riveting ... heart-rending ... fascinating’ (Richard Fitzpatrick, Irish Examiner).

If you enjoyed Colm O’Regan’s It’s Earlier ’Tis Getting: The Christmas Book of Irish Mammies last year, you’ll like his other titles, the bestselling Isn't It Well For Ye? And That's More Of It Now. If you’re an Irish Mammy, have one, know one or suspect you might be turning into one, these books will act as your guide, and there’ll be plenty of laughs along the way.

Be sure to look out for the paperback edition of Sleeping Dogs, Mark O’Sullivan’s sequel to the acclaimed Crocodile Tears. Another dark-hearted tale of the murky side of Dublin, Sleeping Dogs again features the enigmatic Inspector Leo Woods, this time on the trail of a missing teenager from a gangland family, whose father, Harry Larkin, has just been shot. According to Ken Bruen this was ‘a contender for crime novel of the year’ in 2014.

Seasons of Hope, Sister Stan’s follow-up to the bestselling Day by Day, brings us new words of wisdom to calm the mind and refocus our energies. Through verse and inspirational quotations from many enlightened figures, she offers us a chance to step away from this frantic world – to stop, to look, to think – and be open to new possibilities.

For the music lovers among you, we have the moving autobiography of international star and Ireland’s best loved singer, Mary Black. Refreshingly honest, and written with warmth and humour, Down the Crooked Road offers a unique insight into the life and career of an artist who, during the course of her long career, has captured the hearts of millions around the world.

Also available in paperback are two highly acclaimed literary novels. The Convictions of John Delahunt is the outstanding debut from remarkable new literary voice Andrew Hughes. Set amidst Dublin’s taverns, tenements, courtrooms and alleyways and with a rich, Dickensian cast of characters, Hughes brings us an ‘extraordinarily detailed world, impeccably researched ... so superbly written that it soars as a masterly work of fiction ... utterly compelling’ (Dermot Bolger, Irish Mail on Sunday). Alison Jameson’s Little Beauty is a brilliant portrayal of love, motherhood and sacrifice that will linger long in the mind. The Irish Times called it‘a wonderfully unsentimental and entertaining portrait’.

Find out more about other Transworld Ireland titles in our Books section.


Transworld Ireland was created in 2008 as an imprint of The Random House Group. We are committed to publishing a wide range of high-quality books of Irish interest, in both fiction and non-fiction. If you’ve written something you think we might like, please see our Submission Guide.

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