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'The embodiment of the spirit of rural Ireland'
Anna May McHugh's name is synonymous with 'the Ploughing' - the annual Championships of the National Ploughing Association. The event is the biggest outdoor agricultural show in Europe and Anna May is the driving force behind its spectacular growth.
Anna May now tells her story. Her description of growing up as part of a large family in rural County Laois is an evocative and affectionate account of an Ireland that is now gone. But in her account of how she went from being a secretary of the Ploughing Association, her first job, to becoming - to her own amazement - its managing director twenty years later is a story of leadership and people skills that are very much of the twenty-first century. Anna May was truly ahead of her time.
Still living in County Laois, close to where she grew up, and now in her eighties, Anna May still runs the multi-million euro operation from her home, alongside her daughter, Anna Marie.
Queen of the Ploughing is a captivating read, full of warmth, lively stories and Anna May's sharp observations. And it's not just about Anna May's life, but is also a celebration of the best of Irish life over eight decades.
Pippa O'Connor's easy style and approachability have won her a huge and loyal following. Now Pippa shares her top tips and insights for how to live well, look good and feel great.
'The older I've become, the more confident I am in my own skin. I don't follow trends that I know won't suit me and I've learned to make the best of what I have.
'This book is about sharing everything I've learned along the way. It's full of useful information - such as how to put on a face in ten minutes, the essential items every woman needs in her wardrobe, what to wear to a wedding, how to travel in style (and with kids!), easy ways to create a beautiful home and how to be the perfect hostess.
'To me, anybody can be stylish, regardless of money, age or body shape. You don't need to spend a fortune to look and feel fabulous - far from it. Style is about using your imagination and feeling confident.'
Pippa - Simple Tips to Live Beautifully is stuffed with practical tips and inspirational advice and is the book for everyone, aged 16 or 60, who wants to discover their own personal style and to build the confidence to celebrate it.
'Poignant, funny and highly readable. Would make a wonderful present.' Sue Leonard, Examiner
'A real snapshot in time ... a celebration of female friendship ... fantastic - such a good read' Irish Times Women's Podcast
'Engaging ... tender and true and spiced with wit and no little wisdom' RTE Guide
'Heart-warming ... nostalgic ... the letters brim over with the kind of humour and honest reflection that only best friends exchange' Irish Independent
'I highly recommend this unusual and fantastic book. It's a great trip down memory lane.' Librarian Lavender
'Isn't it great, Cathy, being where we are (age-wise I mean)? I really enjoy being 18 cos you have a degree of independence and yet you can act the gom if you want cos we're not "all growed up" yet.'
'I don't know if I agree about it being great being 18. I'm kinda apprehensive, waiting for "it all" to come. I think 22-23'd be better. Then you'd be sophisticated and knowledgeable ...'
It's the era of Dynasty, Murphy's Micro Quiz-M and MT-USA on the telly, Kajagoogoo, Culture Club and Chris de Burgh in the charts. And also a time of mass emigration and creeping social change.
In 1983 in Carrick-on-Suir two 18-year-olds take tentative steps into the future: Cathy to become an au pair, Mary to study accountancy. For a year they exchange long gossipy letters.
The letters are touching, funny, tender and gutsy. They show the girls' growing pains as they make sense of their new lives, dream about finding love, and start to realise that the world is a more complex and challenging place than they had ever imagined.
Most of all, Cathy and Mary's letters are filled with the eternal optimism and sense of wonderment of youth.
Ballydoyle is the Mecca of thoroughbred horse training. Under the mastership of Aidan O'Brien, who at the age of forty has already been Champion Trainer four times in Britain and fifteen years in a row in Ireland, Ballydoyle has been the cradle of legendary horses like Yeats, Galileo, High Chaparral, George Washington, Dylan Thomas, Rock of Gibraltar and Duke of Marmalade.
Now, for the first time, through the lens of Annemarie O'Brien - Aidan O'Brien's wife and herself a former Champion National Hunt Trainer - and the pen of acclaimed sportswriter David Walsh, we are being given a glimpse behind the scenes at Ballydoyle.
Annemarie's photographs capture the majesty of the rolling Tipperary landscape where the Ballydoyle horses learn their paces, and also the details of a state-of-the-art training facility, from stable to paddock to spa to gallops. And they capture the faces of Ballydoyle - the stable lads and lasses, the riders, the vets, all at the very top of their game. David Walsh's conversations with the people of Ballydoyle reveal the passion, the commitment and the humanity of this extraordinary operation.
Published: 6 Oct 2016
Modern times can mean that adult life does not progress in predictable stages ...
Now, how we experience life is determined more by how we think and feel. We are confronted by options that previous generations could not have imagined and there is a weaker match between the roles we are assigned and how we feel inside.
This radical shift in how we live is both daunting and liberating.
The focus of The Complete Life is unique: drawing on a fascinating body of behavioural science and research, using lively examples and giving specific guidelines, distinguished psychologist Maureen Gaffney ...
Explains how we can negotiate successful and fulfilling pathways through the whole life course.
Explores what motivates us to grow and develop, to reach our full potential and to be the best we can be, at every age and stage.
Reveals the complex ways our lives unfold over time, and how the personal past, present and future are inextricably linked and influence each other.
And shows us how we can make sense of and manage our most important relationships, our life goals, our work, and ourselves.
The Complete Life is essential reading for anyone who wants to know the fundamental building blocks of a meaningful life, for those interested in understanding what has made them who they are and what to expect next, for parents who want their children to flourish - and adult children who want the same for their ageing parents, and for leaders in business and other organisations who want to deepen their understanding of what makes people tick.
'Part Germaine Greer and part Mae West, she is not a woman you should spurn' Guardian
'Nell's distinctive voice, both written and spoken, has had a powerful and provocative place in Irish society ... fascinating ... evocative ... riveting' Irish Times
Journalist Nell McCafferty has been an iconic figure in Ireland since the 1970s. Nell is the revealing story of the woman behind the image.
Whether describing her challenging and tender relationship with her mother, Lily; her fears about being gay; war on the streets of her native Derry; the blossoming of feminism in Ireland; or the joy of finding a domestic haven with the love of her life, Nuala O'Faolain - and the pain of losing it, McCafferty doesn't spare anyone, least of all herself, in telling the truth of her life.
The result is Nell: a journey that is moving, funny, inspiring and jaw-droppingly frank.
'By turns, exasperating, illuminating, striking, self-indulgent, wrong-headed, praiseworthy, incorrigible and unignorable' Times Literary Supplement
'A wistful, funny, moving, admirable, and complex autobiography by a woman who was present as modern Ireland was created' Irish Independent
'At times wonderfully incisive, witty and sharp, at others poignant and emotional' Evening Herald
'McCafferty has a rare gift for humanising political events and providing the kind of telling detail that scorches into the memory ... for the vignettes alone, the book is worth the purchase price' Sunday Business Post
'McCafferty brings her usual passion, wit, fury and scorching honesty to her autobiography, making it a compelling and fascinating read' Belfast Telegraph
'A gossipy good read' Sunday Tribune
Published: 3 Jun 2016
'An extraordinary book ... a remarkable story' Mark Cagney, TV3
'A fascinating book' Matt Cooper, Today FM
'Quite a read ... fascinating ... a book that people who don't normally read books would find very readable' Seán O'Rourke, RTE
'The classic maverick copper ... but always with his heart in the right place ... fascinating' Irish Independent
'Unflinching ... extraordinary ... fascinating' Irish Daily Mail
'There is no training course in the world that will set you up for dead bodies.'
During thirty years in the Garda Sub-Aqua Unit Tosh Lavery worked on many murders and most of Ireland's missing persons cases, as well as high profile investigations such as the Whiddy Island disaster and the Mountbatten assassination.
The unit was a perfect fit for a maverick like Tosh. He became obsessed with a job that demanded utter dedication and total fearlessness. But along the way, he battled alcoholism and his marriage ended.
Tosh's story is an uncompromising and revealing look at the macho world of the guards and what it's really like on the inside.
Financial trainer Susan Hayes believes that everyone, no matter what their circumstances, can learn how to make more money. In The Savvy Guide to Making More Money she gets to the heart of what's stopping you and, in the style of straight-talking money experts like Martin Lewis and Suze Orman, she comes up with practical suggestions whatever your situation.
Even at the best of times, making more money can seem daunting. And when it's not the best of times, it can seem impossible. However, you would be amazed how simple it is to fatten your bank balance if you go about it the right way. The Savvy Guide to Making More Money is a one-stop shop where you can equip yourself with strategies to grow your income.
From her days as a self-employed student to now running a financial training company, Susan Hayes has always approached the business of making money in a practical can-do way. It has been successful for her and the many people she has worked with. Now she shares her advice and tips with you.
Among many other things The Savvy Guide to Making More Money will help you to:
· understand why you haven't made more money by now;
· learn tried and tested techniques to raising new revenues;
· choose the best way to put your money to work for you;
· find out who can help you get to your income goals.
You don't have to be a business genius to make money. Through a combination of skill and smart thinking you will be amazed at what you can achieve.
'Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. I was up till four o'clock this morning reading it, making notes.' The Tom Dunne Show on The Savvy Woman's Guide to Financial Freedom
'[She writes with] humourous directness, unflinching good sense and practical advice ... makes me think I can tackle my own issues.' The Herald
'A great read ... easy to understand' The Sun
Susan Hayes is managing director of the international financial training company Hayes Culleton. Her can-do approach to resolving even the stickiest economic questions in her many media appearances (RTÉ, TV3, Today FM, 4FM, Sunday Independent) has seen her become known as the Positive Economist. Her first book was The Savvy Woman's Guide to Financial Freedom.
The day Rose Callaly found her daughter Rachel's battered body was only the start of her nightmares.
Shortly afterwards Rose became certain that the person who had killed her beautiful daughter was Rachel's husband, Joe O'Reilly. After what seemed like an eternity, O'Reilly was charged. But that was the start of another ordeal - the revelation of just how much he despised his wife and the unfolding of his ingenious plan to kill her, a plan that set Rose up to discover the murder scene.
Remembering Rachel is the shocking and heart-breaking story of Rachel Callaly's short life and brutal death. It is also a remarkable account of what it is like to be at the heart of a sensational and tragic murder case. And finally, it is a touching portrait of motherly love and the bond that survives death.
Published: 22 Jul 2010
The killer dentist, his mistress, how they murdered their spouses - and how they almost got away with it. Now a major four-part ITV drama starring James Nesbitt:
'James Nesbitt is at his magnetic best' The Times
'The most grown up drama of the week and it's brilliant' Observer
'Terrific, intensely gripping' Daily Telegraph
May 1991 in the seaside town of Castlerock in Northern Ireland and the bodies of two people - police officer Trevor Buchanan and nurse Lesley Howell - are found in a car filled with carbon monoxide. Their spouses are having an affair and, it appears, the pair are so distraught they have taken their own lives. Their adulterous spouses - Sunday school teacher Hazel Buchanan and dentist Colin Howell - had met in the local Baptist Church. Following the apparent double-suicide, they continued their affair secretly but both later remarried other people.
A series of disasters in Howell's life - bereavement, financial disaster, sexual scandal - made him reveal his darkest secrets to the elders of his church. Among other things, he told them that he and Hazel Stewart had conspired to murder their spouses nearly two decades earlier. That confession led to two of the most sensational murder trials ever seen in the United Kingdom, Howell's conviction for murder in December 2010 and Stewart's in March 2011, despite her protestations of innocence.
'It was a dance between control and manipulation' - Colin Howell at the trial of Hazel Stewart
For The Secret distinguished journalist Deric Henderson conducted extensive research and in it he has produced the definitive account of one of the most extraordinary murder cases to hit these islands for decades.
'Speaks to anyone who has hit a bump in the road, taken a wrong turn or simply lost their passion for life' Sunday Business Post
'A fantastic motivational book' Sunday Independent
When was the last time you were really excited about your life?
Do you suspect you have settled rather than made as much of your talents as you could have?
Do you dismiss ambitions you once had as 'youthful delusions'?
Norah Casey wants you to think again!
Norah had a life that she thought was the right fit for her. Then she lost her husband and was forced to take stock. Despite a stellar career as a businesswoman she realised that in her own way, she had settled. It was time to rethink everything.
In Spark! Norah shares her journey the lessons she has learned. She explains how we remade her life and how we can all renew our passion and our ambitions and become the best we can be.
This isn't about blinding flashes of brilliance or razzle dazzle You don't have to be super-clever or endlessly fascinating to recover your spark. But if you're prepared to do a bit of homework it's amazing how quickly you will rediscover a more splendid you!
Norah Casey qualified as a nurse before going into journalism. She is a magazine publisher and broadcaster (including a stint as a Dragon on the popular TV series Dragons' Den). She has served on the boards of numerous organisations, including The International Women's Forum. She is also a former Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year.
Published: 25 Sep 2014
As heard on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour
'Ireland and its people know that Fiona Doyle is a trailblazer' Sunday Independent
'A wrenching read ... Doyle resists giving her story a Hollywood gloss' Irish Independent
'[A] hopeful, horrific read' Ray D'Arcy, Today FM
'A testament to her resolve and courage. A remarkable story by a remarkable woman' Irish Times
'Always inspirational' National Women's Council of Ireland @NWCI
'Fiona Doyle is a hero' Roisin Ingle @roisiningle
'Well worth reading' Colette Fitzpatrick, MidWeek, TV3
Too Many Tears is the moving and inspiring story of how Fiona Doyle came through the agony and humiliation of being sexually abused by her father, how she foudn the strength to seek justice, and how she coped when, at the final hurdle, it appeared that he was about to escape prison.
For as long as she can remember, and well into her teens, Fiona's father raped and abused her. Her mother blamed Fiona for leading him on. The effects on her life were catastrophic.
Fiona first reported her father, Patrick O'Brien, to the authorities in the early nineties but the police investigation went nowhere. She made a second complaint in 2010 and this time, it appeared, O'Brien would face the consequences of his crimes . He, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his daughter and Fiona assumed the next time she came to court, he would be going to jail.
Instead, shockingly, having suspended nine years of a twelve-year sentence, the judge released O'Brien on bail. Three days later, following a national outcry and questions in parliament, the presiding judge expressed his 'profound regret' to Fiona Doyle and sent O'Brien to jail.
Too Many Tears is Fiona Doyle's story of abuse and its aftermath - the turmoil and isolation she experienced as a child and young girl, the devastating price she continued to pay in her adult life, and how finally she had the courage and tenacity to take on her father - and the authorities - to make him face up to what he had done. It is a startling and inspiring story of survival and hope against the odds.
The No 1 bestselling cookery book in Ireland - for two years running!
'These lovely boys always create incredibly tasty food.' Jamie Oliver
Let's face it: while we want to eat more fruit and veg and things we know are good for us, we sometimes fall short because we're not sure how to turn all that great produce into great food.
Well, welcome to the Happy Pear way of eating - healthy but never worthy, easy but never dull, and packed with mind-blowing flavour, exciting texture and vibrant colour.
The Happy Pear opened ten years ago when twins David and Stephen Flynn, passionate about starting a food revolution in their home town, took over their local fruit and veg shop and later opened a café. Their revolution has not only succeeded, but it is spreading, and The Happy Pear's fans range from young parents to pensioners, ladies-who-lunch to teens-on-the-run, hipsters to Hollywood stars.
David and Stephen's first cookbook is full of irresistible recipes for everything from everyday breakfasts, lunches and dinners, to scrumptious - and yes, still wholesome! - cakes and sweet treats, to special occasion splurges. David and Stephen also tell their story (how they transformed from jocks to hippies before finally finding their groove), share their top tips for maximizing taste and goodness in food, and explain how they've succeeded in building a food business based on flavour, health and community.
'The poster boys for a healthy way of life' Sunday Times
'I love The Happy Pear ... genuinely good food that brings healthy eating in from the cold' Irish Times
'My favourite [vegetarian cookbook] ... packed with recipes, health advice and inspirational stories.'Huffington Post
'A beautifully presented book with mouthwatering photography' Woman's Way
'A healthy eating phenomenon' Mail on Sunday
'These Irish twins are on a roll' Time Out
'[They] couldn't look healthier or happier ... the poster boys for vegetarianism in Ireland' The Times
Traditional food sumptuously cooked in an unashamed celebration of flavour
In five years selling at farmers' markets and hosting dining events and pop-ups, James Kavanagh and William Murray's food business, Currabinny, has grown a huge fan-base. And reaching the finals of RTE's The Taste of Success (with their to-die-for Pecan and White Chocolate Banana Loaf) exposed Currabinny to a prime-time audience.
James and William celebrate traditional ingredients (butter, cream, sea-salt and the best of fresh and local produce), give them a modern twist, and always produce indulgent delicious dishes.
The Currabinny Cookbook includes their favourite recipes. From breakfast ideas (Macroom Oatmeal with Saturn Peaches, Pomegranate & Raw Honey) to sumptuous suppers (Rustic Rye Galette with Leeks, Fennel and Goats Cheese; Slow Roasted Salmon with Blood Orange, Lemon, Fennel & Dill; Ham in Juniper & Apple Juice with Mustard Parsnip Mash and Buttered Cabbage) and sweet treats (Apple, Rosemary & Buttermilk Cake; Fresh Blueberry Pie with Lemon Curd Cream) this book is a one-stop bible of delicious, comforting and irresistible recipes.
Arnold Thomas Fanning had his first experience of depression during adolescence, following the death of his mother. Some ten years later, an up-and-coming playwright, he was overcome by mania and delusions. Thus began a terrible period in which he was often suicidal, increasingly disconnected from family and friends, sometimes in trouble with the law, and homeless in London.
Drawing on his own memories, the recollections of people who knew him when he was at his worst, and medical and police records, Arnold Thomas Fanning has produced a beautifully written, devastatingly intense account of madness - and recovery, to the point where he has not had any serious illness for over a decade and has become an acclaimed playwright. Fanning conveys the consciousness of a person living with mania, psychosis and severe depression with a startling precision and intimacy. Mind on Fire is the gripping, sometimes harrowing, and ultimately uplifting testament of a person who has visited hellish regions of the mind.
'Mind on Fire is a truly powerful, arresting, haunting account. Arnold Thomas Fanning has reckoned with the darkest matter of his heart and mind, and I challenge anyone not to be moved by that.' Sara Baume, author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither and A Line Made by Walking
'In this strange and singular book, Arnold Thomas Fanning mercilessly excavates the infernal underworld of his own years of madness. As reminiscent as it occasionally is of John Healy's The Grass Arena, and even of Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London, the book is ultimately not quite like anything else I've read, and brought me as close to the lived reality of mental illness as I have ever been. It's a significant achievement: a painful, inexorable work of autobiography, whose existence is its own form of redemption.' Mark O'Connell, Baillie Gifford Prize-shortlisted author of To Be a Machine
'[A] painfully intense, courageous and gripping account of [Fanning's] journey to the underworld of madness and back. This is a brave and instructive book.' Irish Times
'This is an extraordinary memoir about how it feels to be depressed, delusional, desperate' The Observer
'A spellbinding memoir that should prove both moving and hopefully cathartic for the reader.' RTE Culture
'Told in tight and immediate first-person, and imbued with a startling momentum that ratchets unnervingly, Fanning's publishing debut ... is a significant achievement and should be a talking point in publishing this year.' Irish Independent
'Fanning's debut book lays it on the line in a deeply personal and compelling chronicle of his descent into depression and his way back out.' RTE Guide
'Predictably fockin' brilliant' Hot Press
It's the end of the world as Ross knows it ... this time, there's no way of escaping another monumental fock-up!
Sorcha had thrown me out of the family home - this time apparently for good. And yet that was the least of my worries ...
My old dear was in prison, accused of murdering her second husband. My sons were showing an unhealthy interest in - someone call social services - soccer! And my daughter wanted everyone to call her Eddie. But don't even go there!
On top of all that, a blond wig discovered in a dusty attic, had given my old man delusions of power. Suddenly, he was running for election, promising to tear up the bailout deal and take Ireland out of Europe. And that's to say nothing of his secret plan for Ireland's second city ...
But shush! Don't mention the wall!
'Our nation's great satirist ... the most sustained feat of comic writing in Irish literature' Irish Times
I felt like I was living in a world teetering on the brink ...
Life as a stay-in-bed husband turned out to be a lot more complicated than I expected. My wife was pregnant with a baby that possibly wasn't mine. My old man was engaged in a war with the feminist movement that he was never going to win. And my old dear was making a lot of unexplained trips to Russia.
Throw into the mix an eldest son with a possible sex addiction and three infant sons who were so thick they made me look like Edward Einstein.
I might have actually gone over the edge if it wasn't for the belief of my daughter and the challenge of helping her win the greatest prize that South Dublin has to offer - the Strictly Mount Anville glitter ball.
The No 1 Bestseller!
An encouraging, practical, affordable and sustainable plan that will help you achieve lasting changes in your well-being
Would you like to be trimmer, fitter and healthier, but do not know where to start? After all, there is so much conflicting advice.
Or do you go on diets and fitness drives all the time, but can't stick with anything?
Karl Henry has been working with people like you for nearly twenty years. He has seen it all, heard it all and knows the secret of making lasting change.
The secret is that there is no secret! Getting trimmer, fitter and healthier is not about the latest 'revolutionary' new diet or fitness regime. It's about simplicity and balance and developing habits and routines that are realistic, affordable and sustainable for you.
Karl's Healthy Living Handbook leads you through each aspect of health - food, movement, lifestyle - and is full of practical advice, including delicious fool-proof recipes and easy exercise routines that you can do at home. It will help you make changes that will add up to permanently improved well-being.
No matter what your starting point, everything in Karl's handbook is a fit for your life. It is a friendly, easy-to-follow guide that will bring you on a journey, page by page, at the right pace for you. As Karl says: 'You will be amazed at just how easy it is to make straightforward changes and what a difference they can make. Not only that, the benefits of feeling healthier and more active will help you stay on course and motivate you to keep going. My ambition is to help you realize that losing weight and getting fitter can be simple - so simple that you can't not start, no matter how small that start is!'
The No 1 bestsellers' new book - packed with quick and easy veggie options, clever meat-free versions of popular favourites and inspiring advice on how to be healthier!
'These lovely boys always create incredibly tasty food' Jamie Oliver
Though they have written two No 1 bestselling vegetarian cookbooks, David and Stephen Flynn, the twins behind the Happy Pear cafés and food business, know it can be challenging to juggle everything and still feel inspired! And being busy dads themselves they also know the pressure of getting delicious healthy meals on the table every day.
So Recipes for Happiness is very close to their hearts. And it does what it says on the cover: it is crammed with recipes to make you happier - including a huge section of economical easy dinners that can be rustled up in 15 minutes (chickpea tikka masala, thai golden curry, one-pot creamy mushroom pasta); gorgeous hearty dishes (goulash, Greek summer stew, an ingenious one-pot lasagne that's cooked the hob); a selection of plant-based alternatives to family favourites (burgers, hotdogs, nuggets, kebabs), and irresistible treats (summer fruit bakewell tart, double choc brownie cake).
For nearly 15 years David and Stephen's mantra has been Eat More Veg!. They have seen fads come and go and they know that what works - for themselves, their families and the thousands of people who eat the Happy Pear way. Cook from Recipes for Happiness and you too will definitely be well on the way to making your life healthier and happier!
'The poster boys for a healthy way of life!' Sunday Times
'A healthy eating phenomenon' Mail on Sunday
'These twins are on a roll' Time Out
'[They] couldn't look healthier or happier ... poster boys for vegetarianism' The Times
'Crammed with great recipes to make you healthier and happier' Take a Break
'The boys are helping to make the world a healthier, happier place ... what's not to love?' Vegan Food and Living
'Enjoy these indulgent-but-healthy dishes indoors or out - you won't even notice it's raining' Vegan Living
'Substantial ... just right for someone interested in exploring the world of "plant-power"' The Vegetarian
'Inspired' Choice Magazine
'Filled with delicious plant-based recipes to help us all feel our best' Aldo Zilli
'Healthy, vegan and all ready in under 30 minutes!' Veggie
The eagerly awaited new novel from the award-winning author of No 1 bestseller, The Herbalist ('The most entertaining yet substantial historical novel since Joseph O'Connor's Star of the Sea' Irish Times)
A woman seeks refuge for herself and her daughter in the household of a childhood friend.
The friend, Alice Kytler, gives her former companion a new name, Petronelle, a job as a servant, and warns her to hide their old connection.
In the months that follow Petronelle learns that in the city pride, greed and envy are as dangerous as the wolves that prowl the savage countryside. And she realizes that Alice's household is no place of safety.
Once again, Petronelle decides to flee with her daughter. But this time she confronts forces greater than she could ever have imagined and she finds herself fighting for more than her freedom ...
Inspired by a true story, Her Kind is a tense, moving and atmospheric re-imagining of the events leading up to the Kilkenny Witch Trial of 1324.
Praise for The Herbalist:
'Niamh Boyce's compelling female characters push against the rigid social parameters of 1930s Ireland, yearning for the light of the outside world, which comes in the shape of a stranger trading in herbs, cures, complications and danger' Dermot Bolger
'An elegant morality tale about the inescapable strictures of women's lives ... Her publisher describes her as "a dazzling new voice". I cannot disagree' Sunday Times
'A vividly imagined tale of love, lust and longing ... a compelling read with a cathartic ending that deserves a wide readership. It remains authentic and moving to the end' Sunday Business Post
'Boyce's subject matter may be dark, and she treats it with the seriousness it deserves, but she writes with a lightness of touch not often seen in the genre ... just as the readers of The Herbalist share the women's fear as we read, we share their wonder and excitement as well ... hugely impressive and wonderfully assured' Irish Times
'There's a lot going on that is slowly revealed and the writing is beautiful ... a serious new literary talent' TV3
'Comparisons to Edna O'Brien and Pat McCabe are more than justified. That said, Boyce has a unique voice and sensibility, one that's entirely her own' Image Magazine
'A powerful plot full of betrayal, morality and love ... Not only is this a book that will keep you captivated, it will remain with you long after you've read the last words and closed the cover' Country Living
'She has a real lightness of touch and it's a wonderfully told story' Marian Finucane, RTE
'A riveting story that electrifies and dazzles' Writing.ie