Bestselling novelist Sinéad Moriarty and popular RTE broadcaster and Book Club curator Rick O’Shea have teamed up with Eason to share their Must Reads for Summer. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for the perfect gift, or are treating yourself to a page-turning new read, these great titles are the perfect books to sink into during the chilly months ahead! 

All Must Reads are available to order online and in-store. Also, be sure to check out our #EasonMustReads on our Eason social channels!

About Sinéad & Rick

About Sinéad & Rick

Sinéad Moriarty

As an author of 14 outstanding novels, and as a winner of the Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year, Sinead knows a thing or two about books. Check out Sinead’s latest must reads!

Rick O'Shea

The well-known broadcaster Rick O’Shea runs the largest book club in Ireland which boasts over 25,000 members, and is a proud and passionate book advocate. Check out his latest must reads!

Waiting for the Miracle by Anna McPartlin

Waiting for the Miracle by Anna McPartlin

Anna McPartlin is the queen of blending darkness and light and her new novel is full of raw, powerful emotion mixed with laugh out moments.

Told through a dual narrative which flips back and forth between the current day and the 1970’s, this tells the story of a group of women who meet each other at an infertility support group; and also the tale of sixteen-year-old Catherine, who falls pregnant and ends up in one of the infamous mother and baby homes.

I fell in love with all the characters in this wonderful novel, as they struggle to have the families and the children they so desperately wish for. I also held my breath as I read the harrowing story of Catherine’s struggle to survive the cruel, inhumane mother and baby home where she is incarcerated.

This book made me laugh and cry and I read it into the wee hours of the night. The vivid, spirited characters will stay with you for a long time.

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Lean Fall Stand by Jon McGregor

Lean Fall Stand by Jon McGregor

A new book from Jon McGregor is always an event for me as I just love his writing. The story is set up for a thundering start as the main character Doc, who has spent years working at an Antarctic research station, finds himself caught up in a tragic accident.

Although he manages to survive, he’s seriously injured and must return to England. ‘Lean Fall Stand’ explores how Doc has to come to terms with his part in the terrible incident and also describes how his wife copes with becoming his primary caregiver helping him through the rehabilitation process while he learns to communicate again.

This is a gorgeously crafted novel in which Jon McGregor has once again created something human, humane, insightful, and just all-round amazing.

It’s undoubtedly going to end up as one of my books of the year.

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Snowflake by Louise Nealon

Snowflake by Louise Nealon

Irish writer Louise Nealon’s debut is a warm and tender story about 18-year-old Debbie and her damaged and fragile family.

Debbie is an innocent young woman making the uneasy transition from school to college. She travels up from her family dairy farm in Kildare every day to study English at Trinity College Dublin where she feels like a complete outsider.

Back home on the farm is her damaged, free-spirited mother, Maeve, who struggles with mental health problems, and Debbie’s beloved uncle Billy who lives in a caravan on their land.

‘Snowflake’ centres around several important themes including mental health, loneliness, wanting to fit in, friendship and family. It’s a really gorgeous coming-of-age story about a young woman learning to navigate a world that constantly challenges her sense of self.

All in all, this is a stunning debut novel from a gifted writer.

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Listening Still by Anne Griffin

Listening Still by Anne Griffin

Listening Still is Anne Griffin’s eagerly anticipated second novel after ‘When All is Said, and I’m delighted to tell you that it is everything I had hoped it would be and is a more than worthy follow up to her bestselling debut.

Jeanie Masterson lives in the Midlands, works for her father at the local town funeral director, and has reached a crossroads. Her dad would like her to take over the business so he can retire, but both Jeanie and her dad have the rare talent of being able to hear the dead for a while after they pass. So, if Jeanie does not want to take over, who will be left for the dead to tell their last stories to before they disappear forever?

This is a moving story of family, responsibility, paths not taken, and the things people sometimes leave left unsaid until it is almost too late.

It's a gorgeous read, and just what we all might need right now.

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Diving For Pearls by Jamie O'Connell

Diving For Pearls by Jamie O'Connell

Set in Dubai, ‘Diving For Pearls’ opens with the body of a young girl floating in the Dubai marina. As the book progresses, we learn that each of the six main characters has been impacted in some way by the girl’s death, and gradually, through each of the characters actions, thoughts and recollections, the story is pieced together.

There is the Irish family, Joan a middle aged woman living in Dublin, her daughter Siobhan living in Dubai with her absent husband and two children and her brother, Trevor, who is struggling with depression and flies out to Dubai to visit his sister. Then we have Gete, Siobhan’s Ethiopian maid. There is also the dead girl's brother, Aasim, Lydia, a Russian sex worker and Tahir a Pakistani taxi driver.

Each of these characters are linked to the dead body, and Jamie skilfully switches between points of view and brings the reader along on the journey to find out what happened to the victim and what the fallout will be.

This is a very thought provoking book that really looks behind the scenes at life in shiny Dubai and shows us how the have-nots can so easily fall through the cracks. It deals with so many hard-hitting storylines, but with a lightness of touch.

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Still Life by Sarah Winman

Still Life by Sarah Winman

As I found myself deep in the middle of Lockdown in March, I decided I needed to read something that was compelling, allowed me to travel(!), and I also wanted something that was full of joy, warmth, humanity, and love. If I ever came across a book at exactly the right time, then this is it - as I found all the above and more in ‘Still Life’.

Ulysses has returned from being a soldier in Italy in World War II to a recovering London. He comes back to his wife and friends, and to life in a pub full of colourful regulars, but he has been changed forever. As he struggles to settle into his new existence, he is offered the chance to return to Tuscany to try a life that he never would have thought possible.

This is magnificent storytelling – a tale about love, beauty, art, surviving loss, England and Italy, and about creating a family from people (and parrots!) close to you.

I love Sarah Winman’s unique style of writing and wept at least once reading ‘Still Life’ - I couldn’t recommend it more highly.

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Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C Ford

Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C Ford

I have to be honest and say I hadn’t heard of Ashley C Ford before reading her memoir, but she is well known to many for her podcasts, and articles for The Guardian and The New York Times.

I ate this book up. It’s a very evocative and powerful memoir of growing up as poor Black girl in Indiana with a mother she feared and a father who was locked up in prison.

For most of her childhood she doesn’t know why her father, a man she adores, was put in prison and when she finds out, it breaks her wide open.

It’s a completely fascinating and insightful memoir which examines the importance of Ashley’s close relationship with her grandmother, the assault she suffered at the hands of her first boyfriend, and her journey to becoming a first-generation college student.

Her incredibly complex relationship with her criminal father is one you will never forget. Fans of Educated by Tara Westover will love this book.

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White City by Kevin Power

White City by Kevin Power

You might recall Kevin Power’s ground-breaking debut novel ‘A Bad Day in Blackrock’, subsequently adapted into an award-winning film directed by Lenny Abrahamson. It has been over a decade since then, but this follow up has definitely been worth the wait.

Ben is the son of a rich banker from South County Dublin and has led a life of immense privilege. However, he soon finds his life changed immeasurably when the past catches up with his father and he finds himself financially cut adrift. The novel follows Ben’s story as he ends up in a job that could unravel him at the hands of a dodgy property deal involving guys he knew (but hated!) from school, and a bunch of Serbian gangsters.

‘White City’ is a cracking read even though I pretty much hated everyone in it. It’s darkly funny in places, has a killer denouement and was well worth the long, long wait.

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