Gráinne Murphy’s Greener Chosen as Indie Book of the Month | Guest Bloggers | Wordspark


Greener, the new novel by Gráinne Murphy (Legend Press) has been chosen as the Booksellers Association Indie Book of the Month for May, announced on 1st May. We are thrilled that Greener has been chosen for this exciting promotion and it is fantastic to see the book being promoted by so many UK and Ireland independent bookshops.

Gráinne grew up and currently resides in rural West Cork, working as a self-employed language editor specialising in human rights and environmental issues. Some of Gráinne’s earlier novels were shortlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award 2019, the Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair 2019, the Luke Bitmead Bursary 2016 and the Virginia Prize for Fiction 2014. In short fiction, her story Further West placed third in the Zoetrope All-Story Contest 2018, and was long-listed for the Sunday Times Audible short story award in 2021. Gráinne’s last novel, Winter People, was published by Legend Press in 2022.

‘Brims with warmth and humour’ Danielle McLaughlin

‘A thoughtful meditation on what happens to old friendships when you make yourself a new life. Insightful, believable and raw, there are questions here about all of our lives’ Joanna Glen

‘Heartbreaking, philosophical and funny’ Niamh Prior

‘Set in the latter days of the pandemic, Greener is a quiet yet powerful novel which examines the nature of friendship and the compromises that people make in their lives’ Madeleine D’Arcy

‘Murphy is an accomplished writer with the gift of transferring everyday life onto the page assuredly.’ Anne Griffin, international bestselling author of The Island of Longing

About Greener by Gráinne Murphy



As teenagers, Helen, Annie and Laura were inseparable, bonding over family, boys, and their dreams for the future. But when school ended, so did their friendship. Twenty-five years later, a snowstorm forces the three women to spend time together, leaving them wondering if they can reconcile the gap between who they are and who they used to be. 

GREENER is an exploration of the changing dynamics of adult friendships and asks whether old friends can ever let us become new people.

Order your copy online here.

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