The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride (Faber & Faber)
Fans of Eimear McBride will be feasting on the author’s freshly released second novel. Born in Liverpool but raised in Ireland, McBride’s first book – A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing – took almost ten years to get published but went on to win many accolades, being described by Vanity Fair magazine as ‘one of the most groundbreaking pieces of literature to come from Ireland, or anywhere, in recent years’. This second book – one of this year’s most eagerly awaited releases – will see her take on a complicated love story between an 18-year-old Irish girl and an older male actor, set in 1990s London.
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (Picador)
New York Times-bestselling Irish author Emma Donoghue is back with her 9th novel this autumn, the follow-up to 2014’s Frog Music. Due for release on September 20th, The Wonder follows a young Irish girl in the 19th century who claims not to eat, and the British nurse who comes to care for her. Those who enjoyed Donoghue’s breakout novel Room will no doubt be expecting big things from this psychological thriller layered in powerful emotion.
All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland)
Irish writer Donal Ryan’s first book The Spinning Heart won him the Guardian First Book Award, the EU Prize for Literature (Ireland), and the Irish Book Awards’ Book of the Year, as well as being shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. All We Shall Know is his fourth outing, and early reviews have already praised Ryan’s talent for writing the female protagonist – a teacher who has become pregnant by the son of a famous member of the Irish Travelling community.
Dublin: The Story of a City by Stephen Conlin and Peter Harbison (O’Brien Press)
Coinciding with the important 1916 Rising centenary (whether intentionally or not), illustrator Stephen Conlin and archaeologist Peter Harbison have teamed up to create a beautifully illustrated book chronicling Dublin’s development from a Viking settlement to a medieval town to the vibrant capital city it is today. Being released in October, the work will depict the city at various points throughout its history. A limited-edition keepsake version with a special illustrated cover design and slipcase will also be available.
Adventures of a Wonky-Eyed Boy: The Short-Arse Years by Jason Byrne (Gill Books)
Jason Byrne’s hilarious memoir will be at the top of the list for lovers of the Dublin-born comic’s high-octane stand-up. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s biggest-selling comedian, Byrne has been performing for over 15 years. In this, his first foray into writing, he shares amusing memories from his suburban-Dublin childhood. Expect themes that will resonate especially with Irish readers – like the ‘Irish mammy’ – but also experiences common to anyone who grew up in the 70s and 80s, such as the arrival of the first video player to the house.
The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life by John le Carré (Viking)
British author John le Carré has published 23 spy novels, but The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life is the writer’s first work of non-fiction to focus on his own experiences working for MI5 and MI6 during the 1950s and 60s. Bringing readers into his world without barriers for the first time, the highly anticipated memoir removes a shroud of mystery that has surrounded the man widely regarded as one of the best writers of contemporary British fiction for years.
Forgotten Patriot: Douglas Hyde & The Foundation Of The Irish Presidency by Brian Murphy (The Collins Press)
Appointed as the first Irish president in 1938, Douglas Hyde was an Irish language scholar, professor, pacifist and a founder of the Gaelic League – a cultural initiative aiming to preserve Irish music, dance and especially the native tongue. In this book by Brian Murphy – a PhD scholar on the Irish Presidency and former speechwriter for two Taoisigh – the many unsung achievements of the man elected as the first head of the independent Irish state are celebrated, including his role in its policy of neutrality during World War II.
The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland edited by Sinéad Gleeson (New Island Books)
The Glass Shore is the third anthology project by Sinéad Gleeson, whose 2015 collection The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers won Best Irish Published Book of the Year 2015 at the Irish Book Awards. Published by New Island independent publishers in October, it will showcase the work of new authors and confirmed literary geniuses in a selection that spans three centuries, including writers like Linda Anderson, Mary Beckett and Lucy Caldwell.