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This summer sees some great new titles from Transworld Ireland in both fiction and non-fiction.
Just released is Anna McPartlin’s The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes, the story of an extraordinary woman whose life is coming to an end. Mia ‘Rabbit’ Hayes has big plans for the world, and only a handful of days to make them happen. We follow her – along with her colourful, unruly family – as she laughs through life’s surprises and manages to find joy in every moment. ‘What a beautiful book,’ writes author Jane Green, ‘I cried and smiled my way through’.
Coming out in July is Kate Beaufoy’s Liberty Silk, in which one beautiful dress is the key to three brave women’s destinies. This is an evocative story – brilliantly written – of survival, betrayal and the invincibility of love.
Out now is Emily Gillmor Murphy’s One Chance. Set in the high-adrenaline world of competitive show-jumping, this is a tale of love against the odds from a bright new writing talent.
On our Doubleday Ireland list, the paperback of Alison Jameson’s Little Beauty is now available. It tells the story of Laura Quinn, an independent-minded woman who has spent her life on a remote island, but never quite belongs there. It’s 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”.
The sport of hurling is going through a golden age, with the 2013 championship showcasing some of the most exciting games ever seen, and the 2014 season looking equally promising. Damian Lawlor’s Fields of Fire: The Inside Story of Hurling's Great Renaissance is a treat for GAA fans. It traces the path of this spectacular upsurge, based on interviews with dozens of current and former legends, among them Eddie Brennan, Cha Fitzpatrick, Brendan Cummins, John Mullane, Davy Fitzgerald, Damien Hayes, Liam Dunne, DJ Carey and Ger Cunningham.
Ronan O’Gara was at the heart of Munster and Irish rugby for fifteen years. Now at the end of a glittering playing career, he reflects on those many successes and occasional disappointments with the straight-talking attitude that has become his trademark. Never one to shy away from calling it as it is, the result is Ronan O'Gara: Unguarded, out now in paperback.
When Kevin Heffernan died in January 2013, he was widely acclaimed as a giant amongst GAA men. Coming in June is the paperback of Heffo: A Brilliant Mind, Liam Hayes’s highly-praised biography of the late Dublin football manager.
There’s some fresh new crime fiction to savour. Mark O’Sullivan follows his acclaimed Crocodile Tears, recently published in paperback, with 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. But Leo’s past is catching up on him in the form of Harry’s wife Liz. Ken Bruen has called Sleeping Dogs ‘a contender for crime novel of the year’.
We’ve also got a brace of thrillers just out in paperback from two of Ireland’s top crime writers. In Niamh O’Connor’s Blink, CS Jo Birmingham takes a back seat to her troubled colleague DI Gavin Sexton, who is looking into a tragic spate of teenage suicides; and in Ken Bruen’s Purgatory, Jack Taylor is drawn into the world of a vigilante, intent on scraping the scum off the streets of Galway.
Also out now in paperback is Marita Conlon-McKenna’s heart-warming The Rose Garden. Recently widowed Molly faces an uncertain future, but she finds hope for a new beginning when she begins to restore the neglected rose garden and dilapidated gardener’s cottage.
We continue to celebrate Donal Ryan’s extraordinary success, seeing him hit number one on the bestseller lists in Ireland with both of his acclaimed novels, The Spinning Heart and The Thing About December. The Spinning Heart was shortlisted for this year’s International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2014, and long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize, having already won the Guardian First Book Award 2013 and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in 2012, and been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2013.
The Thing About December, a heart-twisting tale of a lonely man struggling to make sense of a world moving faster than he is, was also shortlisted for The Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year. The book continues to receive some incredible reviews: ‘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); ‘beautiful devastating’ (Anne Enright, Observer); ‘a benchmark to which other writers will aspire’ (John Boyne, Irish Times). The Thing About December is available as a trade paperback in Ireland or as a hardback in the UK.
Another bestseller is Colm O’Regan’s That's More Of It Now: The Second Book Of Irish Mammies, the follow-up to the publishing phenomenon Isn't It Well For Ye?, which brought the wonderful world of the Irish mammy to homes across Ireland. That’s More Of It Now brings us even deeper into this parallel universe.
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.