Aisling is 28, has a stable job in PensionsPlus, goes out at the weekend with her best friend Majella, and spends two nights a week at John’s, her boyfriend of seven years and 17th kiss at her 21st. But she wants more. She wants a ring and a wedding. Seven years is long enough to be waiting. But John doesn’t share her plans, and after a holiday in Tenerife doesn’t end in a proposal, she decides enough is enough.
The longlist for the 2018 Man Booker prize was announced yesterday, and I'm so happy to say that three Irish authors are on it. Donal Ryan's From a Low and Quiet Sea, Sally Rooney's Normal People, and Anna Burns' Milkman have all been chosen as candidates for the prestigious award.
Star rating: ★★★★✰
Starting in 1901, Rebel Sisters tells the story of three Gifford Sisters, Muriel, Grace and Nellie. Born into a privileged Anglo-Irish family, we follow them as they fight back against their mother’s expectations and become involved in the growing independence movement in Ireland.
Star Rating: ★★★✰✰
After the deaths of her daughter and husband, Nora Leahy is left alone to care for her grandson, Micheál. But Micheál isn’t the lively boy that she met when she visited her daughter a few years before. He doesn’t speak and can’t walk, and she has to hide him from the neighbours and their gossip.
Star Rating: ★★✰✰✰ The murder of housewife Barbara Ryan, a pencil jammed into her neck, starts Detective Danny O'Neill on the search for a serial killer on the streets of Dublin.
Lib, an English nurse who trained under Florence Nightingale, has been sent to rural Ireland to carry out a strange assignment. She has been asked to watch over an eleven-year-old girl, Anna, who claims to have been living without food for months, yet is still healthy.
Graham Norton's debut novel, Holding, is an emotional and funny look at the inner workings of a small town and the secrets it can keep over the years.
Sergeant PJ Collins is an overweight Garda in the small town of Duneen, Co. Cork. He's self-conscious and feels like he's missed out on a lot in life. He's never been in a relationship, lives alone in the Garda barracks and feels even his job can't give him any satisfaction.
Beth and Steve are happy to bring their new daughter home from the hospital. They feel like their family is complete. But Ismae isn't like everyone else. She's different. And Beth knows that her difference is something that will affect them all.