The Weight of Love by Hilary Fannin (19th Mar)

With early praise from Donal Ryan, Marian Keyes, Louise O’Neill and Roddy Doyle, The Weight of Love comes from award-winning columnist and playwright Hilary Fannin. Split between London in the mid-nineties and contemporary Dublin, this deeply moving novel is an intimate account of the intricacies of marriage and the myriad ways in which we can love and be loved. A beautiful exploration of how we manage life when the notes and beats of our existence, so carefully arranged, begin to slip off the stave. 

As You Were by Elaine Feeney (16th Apr)

Galway poet Elaine Feeney makes her fiction debut with As You Were, a wholly original novel that celebrates the strength of Irish women and highlights the patriarchal institutions that have failed them. From her hospital bed, protagonist Sinéad Hynes confronts her deeply buried past, makes vital friendships, and comes to terms with her terrifying present. Full of wild humour, endless compassion and illuminating observations. 

A Good Father by Catherine Talbot (23rd Apr)

This chilling domestic noir novel will stop you in your tracks. It tells the story of Des, a man who is master of his home and everyone in it. When his absolute control over his wife’s life starts to slip, he becomes consumed by fear and could be capable of anything. This debut presents a fascinating analysis of the mind of an abusive partner.  

Before My Actual Heat Breaks by Tish Delaney (14th May)

The story of Mary Rattigan, an Irish girl who falls pregnant to the backdrop of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Though The Troubles define the Catholic community from which Mary is a part, what is powerful about this novel is Mary’s troubled relationship with her violent mother and the consequences it brings. Ironically, the very thing that drives Mary’s mother to dominate her daughter (the fear Mary may become a ‘T.R.A.M.P.’ like her aunt, who has a child out of wedlock) is the very thing that leaves Mary searching for love and approval elsewhere, resulting in her own pregnancy. A powerful portrait of how cycles of pain run through not only communities but also families.

Tennis Lessons by Susannah Dickey (16th Jul)

Spanning 25 years and written with a fearless intimacy, Susannah Dickey’s debut Tennis Lessons charts the highs and lows of one woman’s tumultuous climb toward adulthood and contentment. From a devastating loss in her formative years through an out-of-step adolescence to post-education uncertainty, the narrator of this coming-of-age tale is at once entirely relatable and totally unique. A bitingly funny novel you won’t want to put down.

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