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A Liverpool Secret

Geraldine O'Neill
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Geraldine O'Neill

Can a chance meeting lead to fresh starts for Lillian and Blaise, or will hidden secrets threaten their new beginnings?Liverpool, 1925Fourteen-year-old Lillian Taylor has spent her childhood in a loveless orphanage after the death of her mother. When a well-dressed young woman claiming to be her aunt arrives and whisks her away to her large townhouse, Lillian hopes it signals a change in her fortunes. However there's more to Aunt Joan than meets the eye and when Joan discovers Lillian's budding romance with one of her co-workers she swiftly threatens his family. Events take a tragic turn when Joan becomes ill and reveals the secrets she's been keeping that will change Lillian's life forever.Ireland, 1954Best friends Blaise and Clodagh are packing their bags as they prepare for their new life training as nurses in England. Through a chance encounter, Blaise meets Lillian Taylor - a middle-aged woman struggling to look after her seasick grandson. After struggling with her duties at St Thomas's Hospital and feeling down on her luck, Blaise decides to look Lillian up. Starting over in Liverpool, she hopes that being a private nurse for Lillian's grandson will signal the fresh start she's been hoping for. But when a mysterious man appears one day, Blaise realises long-hidden skeletons are about to finally come out of the cupboard and truths revealed after all these years.(p) Orion Publishing Group 2018

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Music Across the Mersey

Geraldine O'Neill
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Geraldine O'Neill
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The Kelly Sisters

Maureen Lee
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Maureen Lee
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Whispering Hope

Nancy Costello, Kathleen Legg, Diane Croghan, Marie Slattery, Marina Gambold, Steven O'Riordan, Sue Leonard
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Nancy Costello, Kathleen Legg, Diane Croghan, Marie Slattery, Marina Gambold, Steven O'Riordan, Sue Leonard

"At the conclusion of my discussions with one group of the Magdalene Women one of those present sang 'Whispering Hope'. A line from that song stays in my mind - 'when the dark midnight is over, watch for the breaking of day'.Let me hope that this day and this debate heralds a new dawn for all those who feared that the dark midnight might never end."Taoiseach Enda Kenny's State apology to the Magdalene women.On 19 February 2013 the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny apologized to the women who had been incarcerated in Ireland's Magdalene laundries. In the audience sat Steven O'Riordan, a documentary filmmaker and founder of the charity Magdalene Survivors Together. And by his side, waiting patiently for the words they'd been fighting to hear, were some of the women he had helped.For Nancy, Kathleen, Diane, Marie and Marina were confined in Magdalene laundries throughout Ireland during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The harrowing physical and psychological abuse they endured in the institutions, run on behalf of the State, led to a lifetime of shame and secrecy.Now, in WHISPERING HOPE, these women tell their stories for the first time. Their fight for justice and forged friendships has enabled them to move forward and have their voices heard, their individual accounts weaving together in an immensely powerful narrative that shines a light on a dark chapter in Ireland's history.Inspirational and moving, this is the story of five women brave enough to confront their past and strong enough to not let it define them.

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Firefly Summer

Maeve Binchy
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Maeve Binchy
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Circle of Friends

Maeve Binchy
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Maeve Binchy

In the small Irish town of Knockglen, best friends Bernadette ('Benny') and Eve are inseparable. Benny is an adored only child, and Eve, a poor, birdlike orphan brought up by nuns. On their first day at University College, Dublin, a fatal road accident brings the pair together with fellow students Nan Mahon and Jack Foley, and new friendships are quickly struck. Jack and Nan introduce Eve and Benny to a life of excitement and sophistication. But beneath their carefree existence trouble is brewing for the circle of friends.Warmth and laughter are interwoven with sadness in this compassionate and absorbing tale of friends whose lives, over a period of ten years, become entwined.Read by Kate Binchy(p) 1991 Audible Ltd

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Maeve's Times

Maeve Binchy
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Maeve Binchy
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Against The Law

Peter Wildeblood
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Peter Wildeblood
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Evelyn

Evelyn Doyle
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Evelyn Doyle

Told through the eyes of his daughter Evelyn, this is the true story of a father's fight to reclaim his children from the Irish government in the 1950s, now a major film.Desmond Doyle, 29, a painter and decorator, is married with six children and living in the infamous Fatima Mansions in Dublin in 1953. One day he comes home to find his wife has left him. He decides to go to England to find work and is advised to put his children into the state Industrial Schools system for a short time until he returns. When he returns he is told to his horror that the children have been consigned to the state until they are 16. This is the story of how Desmond Doyle fought the Irish legal system to change the law and win back his family.

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The Grace Girls

Geraldine O'Neill
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Geraldine O'Neill

In 1950s Scotland, everything is changing for the Grace girls... A wonderful, all-consuming saga from a rising star in women's fiction.Heather and Kirsty Grace are sisters growing up in Rowanhill, near Glasgow, surrounded by a big Irish family and a host of friends and neighbours. Older sister Heather has everything that should make her happy - a steady job, good friends and a boyfriend who wants to marry her. Why then does she long to escape her small town and find love and excitement among the bright lights of the city? Kirsty, two years younger, also yearns for a different kind of life. Although she works in a local chemist, at nights she sings with a band in church halls and clubs. When a charismatic Irishman, Larry Delaney, spots her singing one evening and offers to become her manager, Heather wonders whether Larry has his sights set on more than just Kirsty's singing talents.The Grace girls are lucky to have such a caring family around them. It's a dangerous world out there and there are plenty of pitfalls and temptations ahead of two young women in search of adventure¿

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Tara Flynn

Geraldine O'Neill
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Geraldine O'Neill

An enthralling Irish saga from a talented new voice in women's fiction.It's the 1950s and for Tara Flynn, red-haired, bright and ambitious, Ballygrace House represents everything she hopes for - beautiful, elegant and a world away from the small village where she lives with her grandfather. But the wealthy Fitzgeralds who live at Ballygrace have little time for village girls, until Madeleine, their unstable, delicate daughter, meets Tara. Tara is everything Madeleine isn't, yet the two girls find themselves becoming firm friends. When Tara meets Gabriel, Madeleine's older brother, she becomes painfully aware of the differences between the Fitzgeralds and the Flynns. Without a wealthy family behind her, Tara will have to work her way to the life she dreams of. Then Tara finds herself with a heartbreaking decision to make, and must leave the world of Ballygrace behind her and flee to England . . .

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Tara's Fortune

Geraldine O'Neill
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Geraldine O'Neill

A gorgeous, all-consuming saga from a rising star in women's fictionTara Flynn has come a long way since she was a little girl growing up in the village of Ballygrace. Now mistress of Ballygrace House, the beautiful mansion overlooking the Tullamore countryside, Tara has everything she's always wanted - security, a beautiful home, and the love of a good man. But the Irish have an expression - 'the two days', meaning good and bad fortune. Tara may have everything she's ever dreamed of, but can she hold on to it? In Stockport, Tara's dear friend Biddy has problems of her own. She too has escaped a troubled past and built a new life. But when her husband is seriously injured, Biddy must once again begin taking care of herself. As Tara's half-sister arrives at her boarding-house, Biddy realises she'll need eyes in the back of her head if she's to keep both Angela and herself out of trouble . . .

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Cara Gayle

Geraldine O'Neill
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Geraldine O'Neill

An enchanting story of life and love in 1960s Ireland and beyond, from one of the best saga writers around.Cara Gayle is one of life's pleasers. A young, country school-teacher in 1960s Ireland, she spends her life looking after her philandering husband and her pious mother. When her husband's latest infidelity is revealed, Cara decides it's time to do something for herself. Offered the chance to escape for a few weeks at a family wedding in New York, she's only too keen to accept. There she meets Jameson Carroll, a reclusive artist, and Cara embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime passionate affair. Yet in the background, her return to Ireland looms. Can Cara find the courage, at long last, to finally please herself?

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The Flowers Of Ballygrace

Geraldine O'Neill
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Geraldine O'Neill

An enchanting story of life and love in 1950s Ireland from one of the best saga writers around.Kate Flowers has spent all her young life by the banks of the Grand Canal in Ballygrace. Her dreams of becoming a nurse and leaving the quiet countryside of her home have been put aside to concentrate instead on looking after Mary, her widowed mother, as well as keeping an eye on her volatile brother, Brendan, who works on the barges. Kate's life seems set to be run by the rhythms of the canal. Her days are spent keeping house for the family, with occasional nights out dancing with her friends. But when Brendan introduces her to handsome young boatman, Michael O'Brien, a new life beckons.Life for the whole Flowers family is about to change - but in ways they could never have imagined, as both joy and tragedy are close at hand. Kate, Mary and Brendan must learn to look again at themselves - and each other - and find love and strength in the most unexpected of places for their family to bloom.

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The Copper Beech

Maeve Binchy
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Maeve Binchy

An old copper beech overlooks a school, and witnesses all the hopes and loves, dreams and ambitions of the children who grew up there...By the school house at Shancarrig stands a copper beech, its bark scarred with the names and dreams of the pupils who have grown up under its branches. Under Junior Assistant Mistress Maddy Ross's careful gaze the children play, but out of school Maddy's gaze lingers where it shouldn't. Maura Brennan, a bundle of fun from the rough end of town, plays with her pals: leap year baby Eddie Barton, the apple of his mother's eye, and Nessa Ryan, who little realises as she carves his name at the roots of the copper beech on the very last day of school that she'll get a lot more from one of her schoolmates than her first shy kiss.The copper beech is the gateway to Maeve Binchy's marvellous portrait of a small Irish town whose untroubled surface conceals the passions, rivalries, friendships, ambitions and jealousies beneath.

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The Glass Lake

Maeve Binchy
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Maeve Binchy

A tangled, touching story of love, loss and misunderstanding from the No. 1 bestselling author.Kit McMahon lives in the small Irish town of Lough Glass, a place where nothing changes - until the day Kit's mother disappears and Kit is haunted by the memory of her mother, alone at the kitchen table, tears streaming down her face. Now Kit, too, has secrets: of the night she discovered a letter and burned it, unopened. The night her mother was lost. The night everything changed forever...

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Heart and Soul

Maeve Binchy
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Maeve Binchy

A novel full of warmth and pure magic from No. 1 bestselling author Maeve Binchy.Clara Casey has more than enough on her plate. Her daughters are a handful and Clara, a senior cardiac specialist, has a new job to cope with... For Ania, meeting Clara Casey is a miracle: she had never intended to leave her beloved Poland, but after the love of her life has turned sour, her world seems rather empty. Perhaps a new job in a new country will mend her broken heart? Declan is looking forward to joining the clinic - but what should have been a straightforward six-month posting brings him far more than he expected. Then there's Father Brian Flynn, whose life is turned upside down when his reputation is threatened; and the beautiful, cheerful nurse, Fiona, who can't leave her troubled past behind...

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Tara's Destiny

Geraldine O'Neill
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Geraldine O'Neill
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The Country Girls

Edna O'Brien
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Edna O'Brien

A classic title in Edna O'Brien's Country Girls Trilogy - the first volumeIt is the early 1960s in a country village in Ireland. Caithleen Brady and her attractive friend Baba are on the verge of womanhood and dreaming of spreading their wings in a wider world; of discovering love and luxury and liquor and above all, fun.With bawdy innocence, shrewd for all their inexperience, the girls romp their way through convent school to the bright lights of Dublin - where Caithleen finds that suave, idealised lovers rarely survive the real world.

Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined the Irish Times. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, was published in 1982 and she went on to write over twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, most notably Circle of Friends and Tara Road. Maeve Binchy received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross award in 2007. In 2010 she was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards by the President of Ireland. She was married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for 35 years, and died in 2012. Visit her website at www.maevebinchy.com