Brilliant Book Titles #41

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

‘Reading it is an intense experience – much sadder and more beautiful than I was expecting … a ballsy paean to self-determination and body confidence … McSharry’s style is a pleasure: precise, colloquial, tightly paced. She’s nailed the elusive directness central to the work of essayists like Lena Dunham. If you read one heart-breaking yet bouncy true-life memoir this summer, make sure it’s this one.’ Sunday Times

‘An absolutely stunning piece of work … just a fantastic book’ Roisin Ingle

‘Hello there @louisemcsharry. Well, I LOVED your book and now I LOVE YOU TOO!!!!! You are INSPIRATIONAL!’ Marian Keyes on Twitter

‘Louise is heartbreakingly honest. A sharp, well-observed, and ultimately inspirational read. Every woman of every age should read this book.’ Louise O’Neill

‘Searingly honest … at times makes for heart-breaking reading but Louise is at her most inspiring talking about her journey towards fat acceptance’ Irish Daily Star

‘Louise’s life reads like a thriller – I had goose-bumps throughout! Brave, funny, emotional and totally relatable for women.’ Roz Purcell

‘Hugely enjoyable. So honest and insightful. I loved the positivity and the REALNESS! Will be amazing for young women to read.’ Una Mullaly

‘Both heart-warming and heart-breaking. Vividly raw and surprisingly visceral, Louise makes you feel every single bit.’ Angela Scanlon

‘Should be compulsory reading for all young people, male and female. Older readers will also be inspired by McSharry’s no-nonsense approach … Whether writing about sex, feminism, family or body acceptance, McSharry is compassionate, funny and wise’ Irish Times

‘A mighty woman, with cojones the size of Mexico and coolness in the face of adversity not seen since John Wayne’s heyday’ Irish Independent

‘She’s a straight shooter, honest and to the point’ The Herald

Louise McSharry’s passion is to talk to young women (and the men who love them), about being a woman in the modern world. Drawing on her own 33 years of life, she writes about everything from surviving a messed up childhood, to crashing out of education and still making it, to figuring out sex, weight, feminism, make-up, friendship, workplace politics and a whole lot more.

Though she has the raw material (the early death of her father and being taken into care at seven because of her mother’s alcoholism) the last thing Louise wanted do was to write a misery memoir. She wasn’t keen on writing a cancer survival story either (she went through treatment while planning her wedding … trying on white dresses while sweating and hairless – not a good look).

So, though it has its sad moments, Fat Chance is honest, upbeat, irreverent and inspirational – just like a long chat with a best friend. A fabulous, funny and wise best friend!

Most Requested #1 – August 2016

A new, occasional series about the most-reserved books in the library. Today, we look at the two most-reserved books at the moment.


Liz Nugent stormed onto the thriller scene with Unravelling Oliver in 2013, and it was still being heavily reserved a couple of years later (which is practically unheard of in library circles; normally a book is popular for three to six months, and can come and go in waves as word of mouth spreads).

Her new book, Lying in Wait, was released on the 14th of July and there is over 280 reserves. It is pretty safe to say that the people have spoken and this book is officially The Next Big Thing.

You can reserve Unravelling Oliver here and you can reserve Lying in Wait here (although be prepared to wait a while, but perhaps not as long as you might think – we try and work our library magic as much as we can!)

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Gone Girl fans will love Liz Nugent’s Lying in Wait … it twists, it turns, its characters are utterly despicable and it is a compulsive triumph’ Stylist

‘A stunningly talented writer’ Sophie Hannah

‘The intricate plotting and jolting suspense hold you in a vice till the last page’ Sunday Times

‘Clear your diary if you pick up this seductively sinister story. The twists come together in a superbly scary denouncement which delivers a final sting in the tail. Brilliantly macabre’ Sunday Mirror

‘Brilliant plotting ratchets up the tension in this chilling tale of obsessive love, madness and motherhood’ Woman & Home

‘The wit is sharp and the plot full of punishing twists’ The Times Crime Club

An unputdownable psychological thriller with an ending that lingers long after turning the final page’ Irish Times

From the award-winning author of the No 1 bestseller,Unravelling Oliver

‘My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.’

Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must – because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants …

This is a dark, twisty and utterly gripping domestic noir that you won’t be able to put down from the author hailed as Ireland’s answer to Gillian Flynn.

‘A tense, taut, almost gothic thriller where the tension tightens to near unbearable proportions … impossible to stop reading. A brilliantly written, stand-out novel.’ Marian Keyes

‘Taut, crisp, clear, a storm-warning of a book. It has the eeriness ofThe Turn of the Screw; but as these screws turn, a mighty tension takes hold. Masterly’ Sebastian Barry

‘Deliciously twisted, shot through with dark and acid humour and the denouement is truly chilling.’ Sarah Hilary

Lying in Wait is a gradual descent to the very heart of darkness. Liz Nugent’s characters are as unforgettably monstrous as they are believable. A superbly crafted novel and an absorbing portrait of the purest kind of evil.’ Jane Casey

‘I thought it impossible to match the brilliant Unravelling Oliver, but this Liz has done. Not only is her style beautiful, but she keeps the reader on the edge of their seat from page one until the completely unexpected ending. I read Lying in Wait in one sitting. I just couldn’t bear the suspense. I absolutely loved it.’ Amanda Redman

‘As I finished the last page I actually stood up and gave a round of applause to my empty sitting room. Seriously … She writes compellingly, creates posh sociopaths like no-one else and she doesn’t flinch when the end demands what it demands. Lying In Wait is a story you genuinely should not miss’ Rick O’Shea, RTÉ


Unless you’ve been living under a very large rock, you’ll have heard that on Sunday the 8th Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was published in script format, as it is a two-part play that has just opened in London and has been getting rave reviews from everyone (The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, Variety).

Before I left for the weekend, there was about twenty reserves, but since its release (and due to being able to reserve online 24/7), there’s now close to 90. I’d be very suprised if that didn’t double in number by the end of the week.  A note about the fact that it’s dubbed “special rehearsal edition” – playscripts that are published in conjunction with the premiere are often tweaked/modified in light of seeing how it plays, night in, night out, with a real live audience, and they have followed suit by announcing that a definitive edition of the script will be published next year.

I caved in, bought and read the book yesterday and I shall try and post a review of it sooner, rather than later, on here. For now, here’s the cover and the blurb for the book, and of course, you can add to the growing list of reserves by reserving yourself a copy online at our catalogue here.



Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Childis the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

This Special Rehearsal Edition will be available to purchase until early 2017, after which a Definitive Edition of the script will go on sale.