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In the run-up to Christmas, Transworld Ireland has an array of brilliant new titles to cater for every taste.

From bestselling, award-winning author Donal Ryan comes the paperback edition of The Thing About December. ‘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 his 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).

Of course, there’s no Christmas like an Irish Mammy’s Christmas. From the bestselling author of Isn't It Well For Ye? and That's More Of It Now, we’re delighted to announce the publication of It’s Earlier ’Tis Getting: The Christmas Book of Irish Mammies. Full of laughs and festive cheer, Colm O’Regan provides the ultimate guide to Christmas from the unique perspective of the Irish Mammy. A likely candidate for filling stockings throughout the country, this little gem is guaranteed to warm you up this winter.

On our Doubleday Ireland list is Sinéad McCoole’s Easter Widows, which offers a refreshingly new angle on the Rising of Easter 1916. The book comprises of seven very different but interlinking stories following the wives of the executed leaders. Some of these widows broke under the strain of their experiences; others found power and success, emerging from the shadows to become leaders themselves.

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.

This autumn sees the autobiographies of two major Irish sporting figures. Paul Galvin, one of the greatest GAA footballers of the modern era, enjoyed a brilliant and at times controversial career playing for Kerry, one marked by courage, physicality and an intense passion for the Green and Gold. Paul Galvin: In My Own Words is an absorbing, unflinchingly honest account of a man who has fascinated football fans for over a decade.

Also on our sports list is Dalo, the autobiography of Anthony Daly, one of the best-loved personalities in the GAA, and the most successful captain in the history of Clare hurling. Regarded as an inspirational figure by his fellow players, Daly’s innate leadership and character prompted the Clare team, just three years after he had finished his playing career, to pursue him as manager at the age of just 34. He went on to steer the Dublin hurlers to their first Leinster title in over 50 years. Interlaced with drama, tragedy, his love of other pursuits, and his immense wit, Anthony Daly’s autobiography delivers a compelling insight into a unique personality in modern Irish sport.

Seasons of Hope, Sister Stan’s follow up to 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.

Doubleday Ireland is honoured to announce the release of Anne Chambers’ authorized biography of ‘the architect of modern Ireland’. T.K. Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot reveals the quite extraordinary extent and diversity of one public servant’s work on behalf of the Irish State, and his crucial role in shaping the economic revival of Ireland in the 1960s. Drawn from in-depth interviews conducted with Dr Whitaker and his family, as well as exclusive access to his personal papers and correspondence, Chambers delivers an intimate biography of an extraordinary man.

Martha Long, bestselling author of the series of memoirs including Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes, makes her fiction debut this autumn. Run, Lily, Run is the harrowing tale of young Lily Carney who, after a devastating series of events, is left to fend for herself on the dangerous streets of 1950s Dublin. The author Alice Walker once compared Long’s work to Dickens.

Finally, make sure to look out for the paperback edition of The Convictions of John Delahunt by remarkable new literary voice Andrew Hughes. Based on true events that convulsed Victorian Ireland, this is the tragic tale of a man who betrays his family, his friends, his society and, ultimately, himself. Set amidst Dublin’s taverns, tenements, courtrooms and alleyways and with its rich, Dickensian cast of characters, this is a compelling, unsettling and at times darkly humorous novel that brilliantly evokes a time and a place. The book has received wide critical acclaim: An ‘extraordinarily detailed world, impeccably researched ... so superbly written that it soars as a masterly work of fiction ... utterly compelling’ writes Dermot Bolger (Irish Mail on Sunday), while Declan Burke sees it as ‘Reminiscent of John Banville's The Book of Evidence ... a bracing, lurid tale that is as engrossing as it is chilling’ (Irish Independent).

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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