Welcome to the start of a shiny new month! As usual, First Flush lists all Irish-published and Irish-related books, from fiction, to children’s, to non-fiction.
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This month there is lots to choose from—here is just a taste, for the full listings please see First Flush.
Shine/Variance (Chatto and Windus), by Stephen Walsh
This is a sharp and insightful debut short story collection about the pitfalls of ordinary life, by Stephen Walsh.
The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working-Class Voices (Unbound), ed. Paul McVeigh
Edited by Paul McVeigh this anthology features sixteen established, and sixteen new voices writing on their experience of being working-class in Ireland. It includes work from Kevin Barry, Roddy Doyle, Lisa McLnerney and an evocative essay by Martin Doyle which you can read here.
About Us (Sandycove), by Sinéad Moriarty
Three couples. One therapist’s couch. Alice and Niall used to be lovers, best friends and parents, in that order. Now they’re no longer on the same page, or even reading from the same book. About Us (Sandycove) is the latest novel from bestselling author Sinéad Moriarty
The Very Dangerous Sisters of Indigo McCloud, by John Hearne (Little Island)
Absurdly enjoyable dark adventure about a boy’s mission to stop his evil sisters terrorising the town.
Ca bhfuil mo Mham? (Futa Fata)
Monkey Puzzle is a clever, funny and charming tale from the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.
Faith and Fury, by Brian MacMahon (Eastwood Books)
Bryan MacMahon gives a comprehensive overview of the origins and progress of the Protestant evangelical campaign in West Kerry from 1825 to 1845. These Church of Ireland missionaries were motivated by a desire to save Irish-speaking Catholics from what they saw as superstitious practices and enthralment to Rome. This study brings personalities to life and records the long-lost voices and values of those on both sides of the religious divide.
For the full listings of all Irish-published and Irish-related books in July, please see First Flush