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Sinead Moriarty Reveals New Book – About Us

About UsSomething was missing from 2020 and it was a new book from Sinead Moriarty. But great news as she’s returning to our bookshelves in 2021 with a new book called ‘About Us’.

What the back cover says –

Three couples. One therapist’s couch …

Alice and Niall used to be lovers, best friends and parents, in that order. Now they’re no longer on the same page or even reading from the same book.

Ann thought when she and Ken retired, it would be their second spring. Instead, it feels more like an icy winter.

Orla is falling in love with boyfriend Paul, but her complicated past makes her unsure if she can ever be intimate with anyone.

Three couples find themselves telling a stranger about the most private part of their lives – their hopes, their disappointments, their awkward realisations.

Can they learn to be honest with each other? And what life-changing decisions will be made when they do?

Sounds like another though provoking story Sinead that will be bit of an emotional rollercoaster!

You can pre-order ‘About Us’ from Amazon and will be available from good bookshops from 15th July 2021.

Many thanks
Bronagh

Our Little Cruelties By Liz Nugent

Our Little Cruelties‘Our Little Cruelties’ is latest book by bestselling Irish author, Liz Nugent.

Three brothers are at the funeral. One lies in the coffin. Will, Brian and Luke grow up competing for their mother’s unequal love. As men, the competition continues – for status, money, fame, women. They each betray each other, over and over, until one of them is dead. But which brother killed him?

Liz is back with another crime thriller that has the readers on the edge of their seats as they try to figure out who the bad guy is this Irish story of jealousy and greed.

The story is seen through the narrative of 3 brothers Will, Brian and Luke Drumm in the present moment when they are at the funeral of one of them. From the beginning, it is never clear which one is dead and that’s what pulls the reader in.

All the brothers are so different from each other. Will, the eldest of the brothers is a successful film maker, who’s the apple of their mother’s eyes. But despite his success, Will is a really dislikable character, a sexist narcissist who’s obsessed with his success and being better than his brothers. Brian, the middle brother, is the least creative of the trio but he’s content with leeching off his brothers success whilst Luke, the youngest has battled demons and addictions throughout his life. From his obsession with religion to his drug addiction, he’s a vulnerable character that people prey upon, particularly his brothers.

This book is a fascinating story, Liz has a fantastic skill of cleverly crafting a complex and thrilling story with such a range of deplorable and sympathetic characters. Set in bustling Dublin through the decades, Liz paints a vivid of the music and film scene in Ireland, that the reader really feels part of the story, from the queues of people at Slane to the glamorous film festivals.

The different narratives give an interesting insight to the brothers and their jealousy and resentment towards each other as they all move forward in their careers, relationship and lives.

‘Our Little Cruelties’ is a tense and deliciously dark and unsettling story about the dynamics and rivalries of the brotherhood.

You can buy ‘Our Little Cruelties’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Once, Twice, Three Times An Aisling By Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

Once, Twice, Three Times An AislingThe fabulous Aisling is back for a third time with the latest book by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen called ‘Once, Twice, Three Times An Aisling’.

What the back cover says –

Aisling is thirty, flirty and frazzled.

But – just when she should finally be feeling all grown-up – she’s floundering.

Because when you’re recovering from a broken heart as well as struggling to keep your café as sizzling as your award-winning sausages, it’s hard to feel you’ve really made it as an adult.

Which is just the moment for the unexpected to strike and complicate everything.

Now is not the time for a delicious new man to show up, her best friend to demand the hen do of the century and a surprise celebrity appearance.

But Aisling, never one to worry about having too much on her plate, rolls up her sleeves: she’s got this.

Until she discovers that being a proper grown-up means you can’t do everything.

Sometimes you will let someone down.

But will it be those she loves, or herself?

Can’t wait to see the return of our favourite Irish heroine!

You can pre-order ‘Once, Twice, Three Times An Aisling’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 19th September 2019.

Kate Beaufoy

Kate BeaufoyKate Beaufoy has an MA in French and English literature from Trinity College, Dublin. She began her career as a professional actor – winning a Dublin Theatre Festival Best Actress award – before becoming a fulltime writer. As Kate Thompson she has had a dozen novels published, including the Number One bestseller ‘The Blue Hour’, which was shortlisted for the RNA award. Kate’s novels have been translated into French, German, Greek, Italian, Czech and Dutch. She has contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines in Ireland and the UK, written and broadcast for RTE, and is regularly invited to participate in literary events across the media. As Kate Beaufoy her first novel – the critically acclaimed ‘Liberty Silk’ – spent four weeks on the Irish Times bestseller chart. Her latest novel – ‘Another Heartbeat in the House’ – charted last summer and has been shortlisted in the popular fiction category in the Irish Book Awards 2015. Kate lives some of the year in Dublin and some on the West coast of Ireland. She is an advanced-level scuba diver, a wild swimmer, a keen practitioner of Bikram yoga, and the fond keeper of a bewitching Burmese cat.

  1. Can you tell us what your new book ‘Another Heartbeat In The House’ is about?
    ‘Another Heartbeat’ is a story within a story. One strand of the novel concerns Edie Chadwick, a young woman working in a London publishing house; the other chronicles the fortunes of a 19th century adventuress and possible inspiration for Becky Sharp, one of the wickedest and most engaging heroines of all time.
  2. To the readers of the website, can you tell us about yourself and how you got into writing.
    I was utterly clueless when I embarked on my writing career; I simply decided that after nine consecutive years working as an actress in a soap opera, it was time for a change. Once I had made the decision to quit the day job I worked extremely hard – twelve hour days were not uncommon. I was also very, very lucky; my first novel (‘It Means Mischief’, written under my stage name, Kate Thompson) was accepted by the third publisher I approached, and that secured me an agent.
  3. What’s your favourite opening line from a book?
    ‘Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realised it.’
  4. As well as being an author, you are also an actress, what do you prefer creating the character or acting the character?
    Creating a character on the page means that you call the shots – although most authors will tell you that the best characters take over and sometimes obdurately refuse to do your bidding! I’ve found that I get more of a creative buzz from writing, although I sorely miss my ‘tribe’ of fellow actors.
  5. If you were to start your own club, what authors would you ask to join?
    An authors’ club sounds rather elitist! To paraphrase Groucho Marx, I’m not sure that I would want to belong to any club that would accept me as a member … However, two of my very best friends – fellow-writers Marian Keyes and Hilary Reynolds – are keen hill-walkers, so we all three share ideas and suggest solutions to knotty plot conundrums while stomping up and down the Wicklow Mountains.
  6. What is your favourite part of the writing process?
    Many writers loathe it, but I love the editing process: I am blessed with an editor – Harriet Bourton – whom I trust absolutely.
  7. What is your favourite book of all time?
    William Thackeray’s ‘Vanity Fair’.
  8. If you could rewrite any story, which one would you chose?
    Peter Pan. I used to love reading it aloud to my daughter as her bedtime story, but the end – when Peter finds out that Wendy has grown up and can no longer fly – always made me cry inconsolably. In my version, I’d allow poor Wendy one last chance to fly with Peter.
  9. What area do you suggest a budding writer should concentrate on to further their abilities?
    Read. Read as much and as often as you can. Haunt your local library, get to know your librarians and ask them for advice. Libraries are a fantastic resource.
  10. If you were stranded on a desert island, which three books would you bring with you to pass the time?
    May I bring the complete works of Tove Jansson? Her Moomintroll stories are crammed with eccentric, captivating characters and unexpected nuggets of philosophy; I have loved them since I was a child. Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ is the best adventure story ever, and the satire in Thackeray’s ‘Vanity Fair’ never fails to make me laugh – every time I read it I find something to delight me anew.
  11. When sitting down to write, what is the one item you need beside you?
    Although she considers herself to be my muse and would be highly offended to be described as an ‘item’, my Burmese cat, Miss Leeloo, has been my constant writing companion since kittenhood. Very often she makes arcane contributions to my WIP, such as the following: §§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§1§§§§§§§§11115===
  12. And finally do you have any projects to releases on the horizon that you would like to share with the readers of the website?
    The upcoming film version of ‘Another Heartbeat in the House’, which in my dreams stars Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Aidan Turner, Charlie Hunnam and Meryl Streep. I will gladly accept a small role as second weather-beaten peasant woman.

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Sinead Moriarty Comes To Finaghy Library

Fans of Irish author, Sinead Moriarty will be delighted to know that she is crossing the border and coming to Finaghy Library in Belfast on Monday 23rd November. The event starts at 6.30pm and is completely free, so you will need to book your place. See you there!

Sinead