To celebrate the paperback publication of The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually by Helen Cullen, we're offering three lucky winners the chance to win a gorgeous Calm Sea gift box from St Eval and a copy of the book. 

The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually is the immersive and heartfelt story of family and love. 

On an island off the west coast of Ireland, the Moone family gathers.

Maeve is an actor, struggling with her most challenging role yet - as a mother to four children. Murtagh, her devoted husband, is a potter whose craft brought them from the city to this rural life.

In the wake of one fateful night, the Moone siblings must learn the story of who their parents truly are, and what has happened since their first meeting, years before, outside Trinity College in Dublin. We watch as one love story gives rise to another, until we arrive at a future that none of the Moones could have predicted.

Except perhaps Maeve herself.

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1 x paperback copy of The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually 

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10.  1 copy of each of The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually by Helen Cullen and one St Eval Calm Sea Gift Box 

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  • The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually

  • THE IMMERSIVE AND HEARTFELT EXPLORATION OF FAMILY AND LOVE

    'A beautiful bittersweet story of love, loss and families. Tears were shed!' GRAHAM NORTON
    'A moving and powerful novel' JOHN BOYNE
    'Human, graceful and healing, a true gift of a novel' SEBASTIAN BARRY
    'A beautiful story' SARAH WINMAN
    'Lyrical, optimistic and redemptive' CLARE CHAMBERS
    __________

    On an island off the west coast of Ireland, the Moone family gathers.


    Maeve is an actor, struggling with her most challenging role yet - as a mother to four children. Murtagh, her devoted husband, is a potter whose craft brought them from the city to this rural life.

    In the wake of one fateful night, the Moone siblings must learn the story of who their parents truly are, and what has happened since their first meeting, years before, outside Trinity College in Dublin.

    We watch as one love story gives rise to another, until we arrive at a future that none of the Moones could have predicted.

    Except perhaps Maeve herself.

    The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually is a celebration of the complex, flawed and stubbornly optimistic human heart.
    __________

    Longlisted for the Guardian's 'Not The Booker' prize

    PRAISE FOR THE TRUTH MUST DAZZLE GRADUALLY:

    'I devoured this, falling in love with the setting and with every character. It is just glorious. A close-up on the everyday beautiful details that make up love' Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths

    'Intensely moving, beautifully written and drenched with Irish atmosphere, this novel asks brave and thoughtful questions about mental health'
    Daily Mail

    'Loved it. Beautiful and original'
    Sunday Independent

    'Cullen is a thoughtful writer and she dissects the stubborn optimism of the human heart with skill and sympathy' Irish Independent

    'A perfect combination of deeply-felt tragedy with great hopefulness'
    Anne Youngson, author of Meet me at the Museum

    'Masterfully constructed. A book of rare quality' i Paper

    'A beautifully observed saga of abandoned dreams, loss and self-discovery. A fabulous creation'
    Alan McGonagle, author of Ithaca

    'So wonderful on the Irish family and the utter complexity of motherhood, family entanglement and love. I was full on weeping at the end'
    Elaine Feeney, author of As You Were

  • Buy the book
  • The Lost Letters of William Woolf

  • Lose yourself in the uplifting, escapist debut of the year . . .

    'If you liked Harold Fry and Me Before You, you will love Cullen's nostalgic debut. This life-affirming book will draw you in and keep you there'
    Independent

    William Woolf is a letter detective at the Dead Letters Depot in East London, spending his days reuniting lost mail with its intended recipient.

    But when he discovers a series of letters addressed simply to 'My Great Love' everything changes . . .

    Written by a woman to a soulmate she hasn't met yet, her heartfelt words stir William in ways he has long forgotten.

    Could they be destined for him? And what would that mean for his own troubled marriage?

    William must follow the clues in the letters to solve his most important mystery yet: his own heart.
    _________

    'I found myself totally transported into William's poignant and beguiling world of lost opportunities and love' A. J. Pearce, author of Sunday Times bestseller Dear Mrs Bird

    'An enchanting contribution to the popular new trend of 'up lit', like Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' Irish Times

    'Delightful' Sunday Times

    SHORTLISTED FOR NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR, IRISH BOOK AWARDS

  • Buy the book

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