New books for April—First Flush is out!

All Irish-authored, Irish-published and Irish-interest books released in April

April has an embarrassment of riches for Irish authors and publishers, with some stand out titles hitting the shelves. Here are just a handful – for all titles released in April, browse the First Flush listings here.


The Quiet Whispers Never Stop, by Olivia Fitzsimons (John Murray)

The Quiet Whispers Never Stop is set in Northern Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s. It’s a story of love, obsession and escape, an uncompromising, lyrical tour-de-force that marks the arrival of an extraordinary new voice in Irish fiction.

Olivia Fitzsimons will be a guest on the Books Ireland podcast, Burning Books.

Trespasses, by Louise Kennedy (Bloomsbury Circus)

Tender and shocking, Trespasses is an unforgettable debut about people trying to live ordinary lives in extraordinary times.

Louise Kennedy is author of the acclaimed short story collection, The End of the World is a Cul de Sac.

The Geometer Lobachevsky, by Adrian Duncan (Lilliput Press)

The Geometer Lobachevsky follows Duncan’s interest in internationality and materiality, leading to unforeseeable connections between people and places. Here is Adrian Duncan reading the first page of the novel.


Run for your Life, by Jane Mitchell (Little Island)

Little Island is donating all their profits from Run for your Life to the Save the Children Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund.

The first children’s book exploring Direct Provision, Ireland’s asylum-seeker accommodation system. Jane Mitchell is the award-winning author of Chalkline and A Dangerous Crossing

“… Showing the fragile yet resilient humanity at the heart of refugee journeys … Run For Your Life is a book which should make us all reflect on how we in more peaceful, prosperous and safe countries receive those seeking protection.” —Immigrant Council of Ireland


Bessborough: Three Women. Three Decades. Three Stories of Courage, by Deirdre Finnerty (Hachette)

An astonishing and moving account of the untold stories of Irish women and their decades-long search for justice.

These are just a few of the new books out in April – browse through all Irish-authored, Irish-published and Irish-interest books released every month in First Flush, now fully searchable.