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Transworld Ireland and Doubleday Ireland publish a broad range of fiction and non-fiction books this autumn.
Donal Ryan’s novels The Spinning Heart and The Thing About December have garnered awards and widespread acclaim; The Spinning Heart recently won the European Union Literature Prize for Ireland. We are delighted to publish Donal’s much anticipated short story collection, A Slanting of the Sun, which has already received glowing reviews. At the heart of these stories is how people are drawn to each other and cling on to love, often in desperate circumstances. In haunting and often startling prose, Donal Ryan has captured the brutal beauty of the human heart in all its hopes and failings.
Sports fans can choose from two riveting autobiographies from two distinctive figures. Ulster’s Stephen Ferris had an incredible rugby career, tragically ended by a devastating ankle injury. Fearless, funny and full of an incredible array of stories from behind the scenes of Ulster, Ireland and the Lions, his autobiography, Man and Ball is the must-have rugby book of the year.
Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins made more senior hurling championship appearances than any other player in the history of hurling. In an era which produced such brilliant goalkeeping talents as Davy Fitzgerald, Donal Og Cusack, and Damien Fitzhenry, many would argue that Cummins has earned the right to be considered the greatest of them all. His fiercely honest autobiography, Standing My Ground (October) is a must-read for all serious fans of hurling – not just in Tipperary but throughout Ireland.
Hilary Fannin’s writing has won many fans through her brilliantly sharp columns in The Irish Times and her acclaimed work as a playwright. Hilary’s stunningly accomplished memoir Hopscotch (October) is a funny, poignant and beautifully written account of a childhood in an unconventional Dublin family. We initially meet, through the eyes of her younger self, a bewildering world presided over by leather-strapped Christian Brothers and wimpled nuns; as she begins to mature, Hilary becomes more aware of the eccentricities of the adult world around her, where money is tight, ideas are unorthodox and where living life to the full is the goal.
For a very different view of Ireland, comedy writer and Twitter supremo Colm Tobin takes us by the hand to guide us through a somewhat skewed version of modern Irish life in Surviving Ireland (October). Surviving Ireland will take you through some of the country’s fraught history, asking some searing questions in the process: how did we get here, where are we going and who in the name of God is going to pay for it all?
With the centenary of the Easter Rising just around the corner, we’re delighted to be publishing Gene Kerrigan’s The Scrap in October. Charlie Saurin, Frank Henderson, Oscar Traynor and Boss Shields lived on the north side of Dublin in 1916. The Scrap follows them through the week of the Easter Rising – from their F Company base in Fairview, where they fought one of the first skirmishes with the British, and into the centre of Dublin, where they were involved in increasingly bloody fighting. With a close focus on these rank-and-file Volunteers as they faced a turning point in history, The Scrap is full of the dramatic, funny and contradictory detail of ordinary people dealing with extraordinary events.
Sheridans’ Cheesemongers is the go-to destination for cheese lovers in Ireland. In Counter Culture: The Sheridans' Guide to Cheese (October), brothers Kevin and Seamus Sheridan share their expert knowledge and invite the reader on a journey through the vast array of cheeses that adorn their shelves. This is an indispensable handbook for novice cheese-lovers and mature connoisseurs alike, a complete guide to the cheeses of the world, featuring tasting notes, wine- and flavour-pairings and delicious recipes to help you appreciate every cheese you try.
In her latest book, To Live From The Heart: Mindful Paths To The Sacred (October), Sr Stan shares a comforting treasury of mindful meditations, prayers, proverbs and essays which have helped to sustain her through the years. These words will nourish our souls, bring us peace on our journey through life, lift our spirits and offer us hope and support in good times and bad.
Anna McPartlin’s The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes has had great success on the bestseller lists – in both Ireland and the UK – and was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club this year. Look out this November for Anna’s moving and funny new novel, Somewhere Inside of Happy.
Two significant books about twentieth century Ireland have just been published in paperback. Anne Chambers’ T.K. Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot is the authorized biography of ‘the architect of modern Ireland’; while Sinéad McCoole’s Easter Widows offers a refreshingly new angle on the 1916 Rising, focusing on the wives of those executed.
Also in paperback are two bestsellers from legends of hurling and football. Paul Galvin’s In My Own Words is an absorbing, unflinchingly honest account of a career that has fascinated fans for over a decade. Anthony Daly’s 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.
Finally, Kate Beaufoy’s Another Heartbeat in the House is the story of two women living a hundred years apart, and the house that binds them together. It’s the perfect romantic follow-up to Kate’s bestselling Liberty Silk.
Find out more about other Transworld Ireland titles in our Books section.
Transworld Ireland is an imprint of Penguin Random House. 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.