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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 the Summer. Wherever your time off takes you this year, switch off and read with Sinead and Rick’s brilliant recommendations - we’re loving these books and think you will too!

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Sinead and Rick’s Must Reads - Summer selection

About Sinéad & Rick

Sinéad Moriarty

As an author of 13 outstanding novels, and as a winner of the Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year, Sinead knows a thing or two about books! She is also back with her brand new bestseller 'Our Secrets And Lies', which is available to buy here. 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 18,000 members, and is a proud and passionate book advocate. Check out his latest must reads!

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

I read this in one sitting. It’s a brilliant ‘whodunnit’ set in the lavish background of Nantucket in the summer. The story opens with a wedding, organised by the groom’s wealthy family – it is to be the event of the season.

But this wedding will be remembered because on the morning of the wedding, the maid of honour is found dead. Everyone in the wedding party is a suspect. The story is told from alternating perspectives and timelines. We soon discover that everyone has something to hide.

Everyone has secrets, everyone has a motive. A beautiful setting, a wealthy family, a huge wedding, secrets, lies, covert affairs, and a dead body…this book is the perfect summer read.

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The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen

This little wonder is set in London’s Dead Letter Office – the place where all mail that can’t be delivered as intended ends up. A place where “detectives” like William try to trace down where those letters really belong. I’ll readily admit that I had no idea what to expect when it arrived. I thought maybe actual detective story, some crime, maybe a bit of the supernatural?

Instead, it’s a much simpler story, about being in love for a while, being sure about that person and your relationship, and then starting to ask questions of that relationship. About whether the other person is your “great love”, whether such a thing even exists, and, if it does, how do you find it with almost no idea where to start?

Again, another cracking debut from a young Irish author that’s perfect holiday material.

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Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

I fully admit that I am a huge fan of Anne Tyler. Clock Dance is Tyler at her very best. It’s a beautifully crafted, bitter-sweet story about regret, empty nest syndrome, loneliness within a relationship and seeking purpose and fulfilment in life.

Out of the blue, sixty-one year old Willa Drake receives a phone call telling her that her son’s ex-girlfriend has been shot, and that she and her nine-year-old daughter need help. To her husband’s surprise and shock, Willa drops everything and goes to help them. This spontaneous decision will change her life forever.

The book is about Willa, and all the life experiences that have made her who she is. But most of all it’s about realising that it is never too late to change your life and choose a different path. Kick back and lose yourself in this gem of a novel.

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Orchid & the Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes

Gail Foess is the ambitious daughter of rich, affluent, and fairly unpleasant parents in Dublin in 2008. Her brother Guthrie has problems and his life heads in a different direction to hers after their parents split and the economy implodes.

We follow Gail around the world from trying to wing her way into top jobs in London all the way to the barricades of the Occupy movement when it came to the doors of Wall Street.

I first met Caoilinn a couple of years back through her work as a poet, but even if you didn’t know that’s what she does, the tell-tale signs are here in the beautiful and breathtaking language peppered throughout this wonderful novel.

Don’t think this is all doom, though. It’s funny as hell in places and the characters will stick with you long after you’ve finished the final page. It’s nothing short of brilliant.

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Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce

Set in London, 1940. Emmy Lake mistakenly thinks she’s been hired as a Lady War Correspondent, but the job turns out to be working as a typist for the icy and intimidating advice columnist, Henrietta Bird.

Unhappy with Mrs. Bird’s refusal to answer any letters that she deems unpleasant, Emmy decides to secretly answer some of the truly desperate letters herself. Pearce’s descriptions of blitzed and war-torn London are so vivid that you feel transported. But while the book is charming and fun, it also contains her sorrow, grief and loss as Emmy and her friends struggle to find safety during the relentless bombings.

Funny, charming, warm and full of ‘stuff upper lip’ behaviour, reading this book feels like you are being covered in a cosy blanket.

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I Still Dream by James Smythe

If you know me at all you’ll know that I love a damn good speculative fiction book, and this is a damn good speculative fiction book! Laura is a teenager in 1997 when the story starts – the brilliantly precocious daughter of a missing genius computer programmer father. She’s also building a primitive artificial intelligence in the world of dial-up.

‘I Still Dream’ is her story, spanning decades of history into her future, and acting as both a rattling thriller, a story of love, family and loss, all while full of questions about what tech knows about us, where it’s going, and the terrible consequences that it all might have one day in the near future. I read it in a single day on holidays when it came out and I think it’s a perfect one to pack before you hit the airport this Summer. If you love Black Mirror, jump right in.

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Cornflakes for Dinner by Aidan Comerford

This is a funny, moving and ultimately, life-affirming book about the challenges of parenting two daughters with autism. The subject matter of the book might make it sound like a dark and depressing read – but it is not. It is full of life, laughter, warmth and love. The author, faced with adversity, digs deep and uses humour to help deal with the difficult hand his family has been dealt.

This book will pull at your heart strings and make you laugh and cry as you go with Aidan on his journey to try to process, manage and deal with all that life throws at him. Most of all it’s a story of love - love for your wife, love for your children and love for life.

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Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Here’s the real deal when it comes to a book you should have read when it first came out, might have missed, but might very well make your own best of the year list for 2018.

Isma is a young British Muslim studying in America where she meets Eamonn, the son of the newly-appointed Muslim, but very secular, UK Home Secretary. Her family has secrets, but so does his, and their chance meeting eventually becomes a story that demands the attention of the whole world.

What starts as a series of swirling flirtations in a coffee shop leads deep inside what it’s like to be Muslim in the UK and elsewhere today, the tensions between religion and secularism, power plays in politics, power plays in love, even inside the media wing of ISIS.

It also has one of the bravest and most uncompromising endings of any book I’ve read in ages – highly recommended.

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