Stories to move, love and entertain
Transworld Ireland and Doubleday Ireland publish a broad range of fiction and non-fiction books this autumn.
Donal Ryan's hotly anticipated third novel, All We Shall Know (September) is already receiving advance praise. Colin Barrett has described it as 'Enthrallingly impassioned and compassionate', while the RTÉ Guide called it 'his finest and surest novel yet'. Melody Shee is alone and pregnant, and in dire need of a friend; it's a good thing that she meets young Traveller Mary Crothery when she does. All We Shall Know is breathtaking, moving, vivid and redemptive. Also now available in paperback is Donal's superb short story collection, A Slanting of the Sun.
Fans of Colm O'Regan's Irish Mammies books and his Drivetime Diaries on RTÉ Radio 1 will welcome the comedian's return in his new book Bolloxology (October). Colm casts his satirical net into the cod-infested sea of pretentiousness, jargon and Having Notions Above Our Station. With cartoons by the wonderfully funny Twisteddoodles, this is Colm at his best.
There's a feast for rugby fans from Transworld Ireland this autumn. As player, manager and pundit, Donal Lenihan has seen it all in the world of rugby – and done much of it too. A victorious captain of Munster Junior and Senior Schools, he went on to captain the Ireland team at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 1987 and was a fixture in the second row for over a decade, winning two Triple Crowns and three Five Nations championships. Selected for three British & Irish Lions tours, he was famous for skippering the unbeaten side nicknamed 'Donal's Doughnuts', before taking charge of both Ireland and the Lions as manager. In My Life in Rugby, Donal Lenihan tells a wealth of stories from both on and off the pitch.
The rugby story of 2016 was the extraordinary victory of Connacht in the Pro12 Championship. For years they were the Cinderella province, the poor relations and the weakest link in Irish rugby, who had never won a senior trophy since their foundation in 1885. Gerry Thornley's Front Up, Rise Up (November) is the official story of Connacht's remarkable road to success, and features interviews and profiles of key players, management and backroom staff. In the 21 years of professional rugby, there has been no story quite like it.
A frightened girl bangs on a door. A man answers. From the moment he invites her in, his world will never be the same again. Thus begins Conor O'Callaghan's brilliantly accomplished and richly atmospheric debut novel, Nothing on Earth, which the Irish Times described as 'an original story, brilliantly told'; the Guardian said: 'This one will stay with you like your shadow'.
Poet Patrick Deeley's train journey home to rural East Galway in autumn 1978 was a pilgrimage of grief: his giant of a father had been felled, the hurley-making workshop silenced. Patrick's enchanting, beautifully written memoir, The Hurley Maker's Son, unfolds his childhood as a series of evocative moments, from the intricate workings of the timber workshop run by his father to the slow taking apart of an old tractor and the physical burial of a steam engine; from his mother's steady work on an old Singer sewing machine to his father's vertiginous quickstep on the roof of their house. In Theo Dorgan's words: 'Every sentence rings true, like an axe biting into seasoned wood, a hurley striking the ball cleanly.'
Marita Conlon-McKenna's epic novel Rebel Sisters was an Irish number one bestseller in this centenary year of the Easter Rising. Based on a true story, it follows the fortunes of the Gifford sisters Grace, Muriel and Nellie, who kick against the conventions of their privileged, wealthy Anglo-Irish background and their mother Isabella's expectations. Muriel falls in love with writer Thomas MacDonagh, artist Grace meets the enigmatic Joe Plunkett while Nellie joins 'The Citizen Army' and takes up arms to fight alongside Countess Markievicz in the rebellion. On Easter Monday 1916, the Rising begins, and the world of the Gifford sisters and everyone they hold dear is torn apart in a fight destined for tragedy. Rebel Sisters is published in paperback this October.
Hilary Fannin's stunningly accomplished memoir Hopscotch, now available in paperback, is a funny, poignant and beautifully written account of a childhood in an unconventional Dublin family. Roddy Doyle described it as 'quite brilliant; beautifully, cleverly observed'; Carlo Gébler in the Irish Times called it 'lucid, crystalline and intoxicating'; and Joe Duffy said it was 'the most moving memoir I've read since Nuala O Faolain's Are You Somebody? A mesmeric, evocative tour de force.'
Bestselling author Anna McPartlin's Somewhere Inside of Happy, also available in paperback, is the funny, moving story of Maisie Bean, a fighter. Her marriage was hell but it gave her two children: funny, caring Jeremy and bullish but brilliant Valerie. Just as it seems everything might finally start going right, sixteen-year-old Jeremy goes missing. The police descend and a media storm swirls, over five days of searching that hurtle towards an inevitable, terrible conclusion. Maisie is facing another fight, and this time it's the fight of her life. But she's a survivor. Whatever the odds, she'll never give in.
Also available in paperback is Man and Ball, Stephen Ferris's fearless account of his incredible rugby career with Ulster, Ireland and the Lions, tragically cut short by a devastating ankle injury.
A must-read for hurling fans is Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins's autobiography, Standing My Ground. The Irish Times called it a 'typically honest and forthright offering from the goalkeeper of his generation'.
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