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Your official source for new Irish books each month

First Flush is the number one resource for new Irish book releases. See which books will be on the shelves each month—search by genre, keyword, author or title—or just browse through the archives.

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When I Was Your Age

A time capsule for the future of how life was, and the knowledge Ireland's grandparents wish to pass on to the upcoming generation.
Valerie Cox
Published: October / 
2022
Hachette Books Ireland
9781399712279
224  Pages
15.99
14.99
Hardback
Ireland
Social & cultural history

The Madness

A powerful, probing book about PTSD.
Fergal Keane
Published: October / 
2022
William Collins
9780008420437
272  Pages
20
Hardback
United Kingdom
Coping with illness & specific conditions

The Haunted Lake

A ghostly love story set in a spooky, underwater world from the highly acclaimed author and illustrator P.J. Lynch. Jacob's father was a farmer, but after their river is dammed and their town is flooded, Jacob takes to fishing the new lake over the town. A village girl falls in love with him, and he with her. A year before they're to be married, Jacob disappears into the lake, lured underwater by the ghosts who inhabit the sunken village. For fifteen years, his fiancee fishes the lake and searches for her love while Jacob lives, unaging, with the ghosts. It's only when Lilith, leader of the ghosts, wants to marry Jacob, that he remembers his love for the girl above the lake and can break free to the surface, where his fiancee is able to rescue him - and, at last, to marry her love.
P.J. Lynch; P.J. Lynch
Published: October / 
2022
Walker Books
9781529504248
48  Pages
€11.25
£8.99
Paperback
United Kingdom
Picture storybooks

The Dublin Railway Murder

November 1856: George Little, the chief cashier of the Broadstone railway terminus, is found dead, lying in a pool of blood beneath his desk. Yet there is no sign of a murder weapon and the office door is locked, apparently from the inside. Thousands of pounds in gold and silver are left untouched at the scene of the crime. Augustus Guy, Ireland's most experienced detective, teams up with Dublin's leading lawyer to investigate the murder - but the case defies all explanation. Then a local woman comes forward, claiming to know the killer...
Thomas Morris
Published: October / 
2022
Vintage
9781529113006
384  Pages
9.99
Paperback
United Kingdom
True crime

Listen to the Land Speak

In this illuminating new book, Manchan Magan sets out on a journey in our ancestors' footsteps to uncover the ancient myths and stories that have shaped our national identity, embedded in the strata of land that have endured through millennia - from ice ages through to famines and floods.
Manchan Magan
Published: October / 
2022
Gill Books
9780717192595
352  Pages
€22.99
£21.99
Hardback
Ireland
Language: reference & general

Kellie

Kellie Harrington grew up in Dublin's north inner city and was in danger of going down the wrong path in life before she discovered boxing. Her local boxing club was all-male and initially wouldn't let her join, but she persisted. Her development into an elite boxer was confirmed with medals at the 2016 and 2018 world championships, and crowned with a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Meanwhile, Kellie won the hearts of the Irish public through her sparkling personality. Working with Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle, Kellie will tell the story of her sometimes troubled childhood, her unlikely rise to greatness, and her continuing commitment to living a normal life - which in her case has involved deciding to stay amateur as a boxer and keeping her job as part of the household/domestic staff team at a psychiatric hospital.
Kellie Harrington; Roddy Doyle
Published: October / 
2022
Sandycove
9781844886074
272  Pages
£20.00
Hardback
United Kingdom
Memoirs

Ionbha: The Empathy Book for Ireland

Ionbha or empathy is a core element of wisdom and a universal language of the soul. It brings joy to the everyday, making the unbearable bearable. "We need empathy in schools just as we need empathy in the world right now" - Cillian Murphy, Actor and Patron of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre. The wide range of contributions to the publication Ionbha act like a compass, guiding us on things that really matter in life. Reflections on empathy illuminate its healing properties, vividly opening our eyes to the countless ways in which its power can shape us all. This collection shows that no matter how big or small, empathetic actions have a massive impact. Although we rarely appreciate how these actions affect people and their communities, they often reverberate long after we act. 72 contributors include Michael D. Higgins, Hozier, Tolu Makay, The Edge, Rachael Blackmore, Blindboy Boatclub, Mary Coughlan, Clodagh Finn, Katy Hyland, Imelda May, Brendan O'Connor, Louise O'Neill, Valery Biden Owens. 100% of all proceeds from the book will go directly to delivering the Activating Social Empathy education programme in Irish schools and youth work organisations.
Cillian Murphy; Pat Dolan; Gillian Browne; Mark Brennan
Published: October / 
2022
The Mercier Press
9781781178195
352  Pages
€24.99
£23.99
Hardback
Ireland
Self-help & personal development

Courting: Tractor Dates, Macra Babies and Swiping Right in Rural Ireland

Looking for love – the most human quest of them all – has been transformed in recent years, with new technology removing the need to be in ‘the right place at the right time’. Dating has never been more convenient, varied or disposable and we Irish have taken to it with gusto ... and not just in cities. Courting: Tractor Dates, Macra Babies and Swiping Right in Rural Ireland tells a variety of honest and touching stories of trying to meet The One in a rural setting, where the ingredients for successful dating – choice, proximity, free time and, for some, alcohol and anonymity – aren’t always guaranteed. Liadán Hynes travels from family farms to tiny islands, village pubs to remote communities, to sit down with childhood sweethearts, long-lost loves and singles, ever hopefuls and lonely hearts, as they navigate this quest through tractor dates, Macra, dating apps and more. They candidly describe swiping for love and moving for it, hooking up and settling down, all while inheriting a 24/7 farm job or coming out, returning to the home place or joining the pandemic exodus. Revealing the importance of community, diversity and, above all, hope and resilience, Courting is an insightful and unique window into dating in rural Ireland today.
Liadan Hynes
Published: October / 
2022
New Island Books
9781848408203
264  Pages
€16.95
£14.99
Paperback
Ireland
Biography & True Stories

Climate Worrier: A Hypocrite's Guide to Saving the Planet

Bestselling author Colm O'Regan is a worrier. A professional one. Caution is his watchword. Risk aversion is his love language. Now Colm is grappling with the biggest worry of all: the whole 'planet being on fire' thing and how exactly we can help.
Colm O'Regan
Published: October / 
2022
HarperCollinsIreland
9780008534875
272  Pages
€18.20
£12.99
Hardback
Ireland
Conservation of the environment

Breaking

It's every mother's worst fear.On a sun-hazed afternoon in the Florida Keys, a child goes missing from the beach. Dr Mirren Fitzpatrick appeals to the world to help find her eight-year-old adopted daughter. The family are on holiday from Ireland, far from home and desperate to return there as they arrived - together. Yet the police are immediately suspicious of Mirren. She was drinking at a bar - alone - shortly before reporting that her youngest child had disappeared. As rumours abound about Mirren's past a trial-by-media ensues, and she is turned from a figure of pity to the villain of the piece. And then a small body is found dumped in the ocean. Is Mirren a heartbroken mother, or the architect of her daughter's fate?
Amanda Cassidy
Published: October / 
2022
Canelo Crime
9781804360088
304  Pages
€14.99
£14.99
Hardback
United Kingdom
Crime & mystery
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