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Balloon Animals
Posted by Ruth Perez in .

Balloon Animals is a debut contemporary fiction novel. The book is funny, quirky, with an original if larger-than-life plot and unforgettable characters. The book follows the main character Jonny Rowe...

Why Some People Succeed and Others Fail
Posted by Samuel A Malone in .

Review by Alo Brady Dublin – Why Some People Succeed and Others Fail If you have not read, or worst still, not heard of, Limerick author Samuel Malone its high...

Dead Dogs
Posted by Steve Dillon Hughes and Hughes Santry in .

With the publication last year of his debut book, ‘1798’, a highly praised swashbuckling historical novel, Wexford native Joe Murphy emerged as one of Irish fiction’s most exciting and original...

The Missing Rose by Serdar Ozkan
Posted by Aoife Roantree. Hughes and Hughes, Dundrum in , .

The Missing Rose is a modern parable of self-discovery, love, relationships, and the importance of hopes and dreams. If you liked Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’, you will definitely enjoy this beautiful...

The Charm Bracelet by Melissa Hill
Posted by Hughes and Hughes, Dundrum in , .

Melissa Hill’s latest novel is, appropriately, a thoroughly charming story. New Yorker Holly O’ Neill has a charm bracelet which is her most treasured possession. She received the bracelet and...

Bed by David Whitehouse
Posted by Olivia Bergin, Dubray Books Kilkenny in , .

At the age of twenty-five, Malcolm Ede got into bed.  Twenty years and about ninety stone later, he’s still there: a circus attraction for the media, friends and neighbours. As...

Headstone by Ken Bruen
Posted by Martin Edwards, Hughes and Hughes, Stephen's Green in , .

A depressing setting is a prerequisite in crime fiction, yet there are few Irish crime writers that portray Ireland in such bleak light as Ken Bruen. Bruen’s portrayal of Ireland...

The Butterfly Heart
Posted by Sophie O'Loughlin in , .

The Butterfly Heart by Paula Leyden The Butterfly Heart is a lovely story set in Zambia, Africa. It is about twins Bul-Boo and Madillo who are trying to save their friend Winifred...

YOU·By Nuala Ní Chonchúir
Posted by Eleanor Fitzsimmons, Journalist & Writer in , .

Nuala Ní Chonchúir, an award-winning poet and short story writer, sets her poignant debut novel in Dublin during the summer of 1980 and brilliantly invokes the period. Unusually, her unnamed...

The Foster, Claire Keegan
Posted by Bobbie Ryan, Dubray Books Bray in , .

Another wonderful story from a firm favourite of mine, Claire Keegan, author of Antarctica and Walk The Blue Fields. A little girl is sent to live indefinitely with her ‘mother’s...