Our Secrets and Lies by Sinéad Moriarty

Top student Lucy Murphy had always planned a glittering future for herself, but an unplanned pregnancy put an end to those dreams. Now seventeen, her twins have been offered scholarships to a prestigious school and the shine has come back in Lucy’s life. But is Lucy focusing on her children’s ambitions, or her own? Blinded by her wishes for their imaginary lives, Lucy doesn’t see the cost of forcing her dreams on her children until catastrophe strikes. With a parent’s love threatening to tear apart their family, the only chance they have of surviving is facing up to surprising and difficult truths.

 

 
 

Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty

A retired Belfast couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly to Amsterdam for a midwinter break. Their marriage has been a happy one but time has begun to show where it has worn thin. Gerry, once a successful architect, is now forgetful and set in his ways. Stella is worried about their marriage and tired of Gerry’s constant belittling of her religious faith.  As they wander the icy canals and wintry streets, memories begin to re-emerge of a troubled time in their native Ireland and things begin to fall apart. As their break comes to an end, we understand how far apart they are – and can only watch as they struggle to save themselves.

 

 

All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan

Melody Shee is alone and in trouble. She’s pregnant, but the baby isn’t her husband’s. It’s Martin Toppy’s. Son of a famous traveller and just 17 years old, Martin is Melody’s student. Now 33 years old, 12 weeks pregnant and deserted by her husband, Melody must try to stay in the moment, but the future is looming. The sudden arrival of 19-year-old Mary Crothery, a ‘free spirit’ in the traveller community, brings with it an unlikely friendship. Scorned by their respective communities, these two women come to rely on one another, and Mary might just save Melody’s life.

 

 

The Trick to Time by Kit De Waal

Mona is a young Irish girl in 1970s Birmingham, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own in a busy boarding house. She meets Galway-born William on her first night out and is charmed by his easy smile and open face. Their love is passionate and a whirlwind marriage follows quickly, before tragedy tears them apart. Now on the edge of her 60th birthday, Mona tries to piece together the years that separate her from the happy young woman she once was. A tale of grief, longing, and an unforgettable love that spans a lifetime.

 

 

My Coney Island Baby by Billy O’Callaghan

Coney Island is all but deserted. Bitter winds and a howling snowstorm tear through the island. Michael and Caitlin shelter away, savouring their precious, hidden hours. They have met in this way, once a month for the past 25 years. But this time is different. With news of serious illness on one side, and a move to the Midwest on the other, their illicit love affair is threatened by a cold reality. And so, after half a lifetime spent in secret, decisions must be made, and – perhaps – chances finally taken.

 

 

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