My Coney Island Baby by Billy O’Callaghan

As a winter storm rages, Coney Island is all but deserted. Burrowed away in a cold and damp room are Michael and Caitlin. They’ve been meeting once a month for the past twenty five years, but this time is different. This time they both come armed with realities that threaten their illicit relationship and finally they are forced to confront and define what has never quite been. Decisions must be made, and – perhaps – chances taken. My Coney Island Baby is an intimate and intense exploration of a connection like no other, written in the masterful prose Cork author Billy O’Callaghan has come to be known for. 

 

MUSIC LOVE DRUGS WAR by Geraldine Quigley

It’s 1981, school is almost out and there is only one place to be in Derry city; the Cave is the ultimate hangout spot for siblings Paddy and Liz McLaughlin and their friends Christy and Kevin. In the Cave the foursome can listen to music, smoke, drink and flirt. They can hide from the riots that ravage their city and they can put the future off a little longer. But when a friend is suddenly killed, reality becomes impossible to ignore and everything will change. A coming-of-age story like no other, Geraldine Quigley’s exhilarating debut about friendship, innocence and war is both tender and devastating.  

 
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Ann Devine: Ready for Her Close-Up by Colm O’Regan

Meet Ann Devine: Irish mammy, reluctant local activist and unlikely heroine. Now that her youngest has flown the nest, Ann finds herself at a loose end. Until, that is, she is put forward for the Kilsudgeon Tidy Towns Committee. Yet all is not neat and tidy in Kilsudgeon and when plans for the newly proposed town park are threatened, Ann finds herself stepping up and in the spotlight. The first in a hilarious new series of comic novels from bestselling author and comedian Colm O’Regan, Ann Devine: Ready for Her Close-Up will have your sides sore from laughing and you heart warmed.

 

The Wych Elm by Tana French

For Toby, life was always smooth sailing. Charming and carefree, he had it all. But then a brutal attack changes everything. Damaged and traumatised, Toby is no longer the person he used to be and no longer certain about who he can trust. A gruesome discovery at his family home means he’s about to find out. Fans of Dublin based writer Tana French will be delighted to get their hands on The Wych Elm, a spellbinding standalone from the award-winning literary writer who consistently turns the crime genre inside out.

 

The Fire Starters by Jan Carson

The summer has only started but Belfast is already in a blaze. With each passing day the city gets hotter, the flames get higher and the authorities lose more and more control. In midst of the madness fathers Dr. Jonathan Murray and Sammy Agnew must navigate between right and wrong, reality and fantasy, and must chose who to protect - the community, or the children they fear? The Fire Starters is the hotly awaited novel from Jan Carson, one of Ireland’s most exciting literary talents working today. Dark, thrilling and fizzing with magic, you won’t want to put it down.

 

 

Her Kind by Niamh Boyce

Fans of The Herbalist will be delighted to see the return of award-winning author Niamh Boyce with Her Kind, an engrossing novel inspired by the real life events that lead to the Kilkenny Witch Trial of 1324. A woman seeks refuge for herself and her daughter in the home of an old friend. The friend, Alice Kytler, grants them safety, but under certain conditions. Her old companion must answer to a new name, Petronelle, must act as a servant and must never tell anyone about their old connection. As the months wear on, Petronelle slowly learns that not all is as it seems and that her place of refuge may no longer be safe. Immediate and atmospheric, Her Kind is must for your 2019 reading list. 

 

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