by Mark O'Sullivan
In the freezing winter of 2010, with the Irish recession in full flow, property tycoon Dermot Brennan is found dead at his Dublin home. Leading the murder investigation is fifty-six-year-old Detective Inspector Leo Woods, an embittered former UN peacekeeper with a drug habit, a penchant for collecting masks and a face disfigured by Bell’s Palsy. DI Woods meets his match in Detective Sergeant Helen Troy, a bright and ambitious but impetuous young policewoman with a troubled family.
A host of suspects quickly emerge – Brennan’s estranged son; two of the dead man’s former business associates with grudges against him; a young man whose life was ruined after his house, built by Brennan, was flooded; an arrogant sculptor who may or may not have been having an affair with Anna Brennan (and with their neighbour); and an ex-pat American gardener. Together, Woods and Troy weave their way through this tangled web to get to the shocking truth.
Mark O’Sullivan is an exciting new voice in literary crime fiction. Already an acclaimed children’s fiction writer, he has produced in Crocodile Tears an excellent murder mystery, which has the depth of character of Kate Atkinson combined with the plotting and ambiguous moral codes of Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse.
The Thing About December
by Donal Ryan
While the Celtic Tiger rages, and greed becomes the norm, Johnsey Cunliffe desperately tries to hold on to the familiar, even as he loses those who all his life have protected him from a harsh world. Village bullies and scheming land-grabbers stand in his way on every road he walks down. It’s no wonder the crossbeam in the slatted shed seems to call to him.
Set over the course of one year of Johnsey’s life, The Thing About December breathes with his grief, bewilderment, humour and agonising self-doubt. This is a heart-twisting tale of a lonely man struggling to make sense of a world moving faster than he is.
Donal Ryan’s award-winning debut, The Spinning Heart, garnered unprecedented acclaim, and now The Thing About December confirms his status as one of the best writers of his generation.
That's More Of It Now: The Second Book Of Irish Mammies
by Colm O'Regan
Colm O’Regan’s massive bestseller Isn’t It Well For Ye? The Book of Irish Mammies brought the wonderful world of the Irish Mammy to homes across Ireland, where it took pride of place alongside the good scissors and the bit of string that might come in handy someday. And now, before you can say “Heavens above!”, Irish Mammy is back with more words of wisdom.
That’s More Of It Now: The Second Book of Irish Mammies takes us even deeper into this strange parallel universe, with advice on everything from how to tell Mammy she is about to become a Granny to how to discipline a child (aged 0–45), touching on Irish Mammies’ role in the worlds of sport, the workplace, technology, religion and culture. Discover what the three bears’ house would look like if Goldilocks had been an Irish Mammy; marvel at exclusive, never-seen-before scenes from the epic Game of Scones; and find some essential apps for the Modern Mammy’s iPad.
Probably the most important sequel since The Godfather Part II, or at least Big Momma’s House 2, That’s More Of It Now will find a place in everybody’s heart (and stocking). Just don’t leave it on a damp step.
Heffo - A Brilliant Mind: A Biography of Kevin Heffernan
by Liam Hayes
Widely regarded as one of the best Gaelic footballers of all time, Kevin Heffernan captained the All-Ireland winning Dublin team of 1958. At club level, he won an incredible fifteen county football medals and six county hurling medals with St. Vincents. But it was as manager of the Dublin footballers in the 1970s and into the 1980s - a decade marked by an intense rivalry between Dublin and Kerry – that he became an iconic figure. Success in this period drew huge levels of support to the Dublin team and the phenomenon of ‘Heffo’s Army’ was born.
This first major biography will present Heffo the man in all his genius and his brilliance. But it will also be a full and honest account of his approach to management and to his players, presenting the many different dimensions to his character - taciturn, focused, and ruthless in pursuit of his ambitions for Dublin football.
Heffo – A Brilliant Mind draws on stories and anecdotes from those who knew him well over the course of a lifetime devoted to Gaelic games and provides a unique insight into a monumental figure in Irish sport.
The Spinning Heart
by Donal Ryan
“My father still lives back the road past the weir in the cottage I was reared in. I go there every day to see is he dead and every day he lets me down. He hasn’t yet missed a day of letting me down.”
In the aftermath of Ireland’s financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. As violence flares, the characters face a battle between public persona and inner desires. Through a chorus of unique voices, each struggling to tell their own kind of truth, a single authentic tale unfolds.
The Spinning Heart speaks for contemporary Ireland like no other novel. Wry, vulnerable, all-too human, it captures the language and spirit of rural Ireland and with uncanny perception articulates the words and thoughts of a generation. Technically daring and evocative of Patrick McCabe and J.M. Synge, this novel of small-town life is witty, dark and sweetly poignant.
Donal Ryan’s brilliantly realized debut announces a stunning new voice in literary fiction.