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Book Gems to Look Forward to in 2019

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Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

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Throughout the past couple of weeks, Writing.ie have featured a selection of Top Five picks when it comes to Books for Christmas. I’m sure these will draw you into a bookshop where you’ll blow your whole budget on books – but what should you watch out for next year?

When All is Said by Anne Griffin (24th January)

I loved this book so much, I’ve been raving about it to everyone. Genius concept, beautifully delivered.  Five people. Five Toasts. One lifetime. At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual -though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story – a tale of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice. It doesn’t matter what your preferred genre is, you’ll find something in it for you -warning you’ll need tissues.

Pre-order your copy online here.

Constellations by Sinead Gleeson (4th April)

Spellbinding and masterfully written – I’m traditionally a bit allergic to memoir but I adore this essay form. Sarah Maria Griffin did it in Not Lost, and Sinead has that same quirky view but my goodness, the prose just flows and you will never complain again about aches and pains when you’ve read this – I’m not sure I’d have her stamina and positivity if all this had happened to me (cryptic I know, but no spoilers). A beautiful book that should be on everyone’s shelve next year alongside When All is Said..

Pre-order your copy online here.


And two crime novels I’m really looking forward to…

Gallowstree Lane by Kate London (7th February).

I cannot get the first line of this novel out of my head – and it twists my heart every time I think of it.

Please don’t let me die. Please don’t.

The stabbing of a sixteen-year-old boy threatens to derail Operation Perseus, an undercover police investigation into the Eardsley Bluds, an organised criminal network. Detective Kieran Shaw can’t and won’t allow that to happen. But fifteen-year-old Ryan has other ideas. He’s witnessed the death of his best friend, and now he wants someone to pay… As loyalties collide, a chain of events is triggered that threatens everyone with a connection to Gallowstree Lane.

Pre-order your copy online here.

The Silver Road by Stina Jackson (7th March)

This is a more than a traditional crime novel, it brings you deep into character and the darkness of Sweden – three years ago, Lelle’s daughter went missing in a remote part of Northern Sweden. Lelle has spent the intervening summers driving the Silver Road under the midnight sun, frantically searching for his lost daughter, for himself and for redemption.

Meanwhile, seventeen-year-old Meja arrives in town hoping for a fresh start. She is the same age as Lelle’s daughter was – a girl on the brink of adulthood. But for Meja, there are dangers to be found in this isolated place. As autumn’s darkness slowly creeps in, Lelle and Meja’s lives are intertwined in ways, both haunting and tragic, that they could never have imagined.

(And I love this cover!)

Pre-order your copy online here.

(c) Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin

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