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“Beautiful. Intimate. Tearful. Aching and lyrical. So simply and beautifully told.” –Louise Penny, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"I'm here to remember–all that I have been and all that I will never be again."
If you had to pick five people to sum up your life, who would they be? If you were to raise a glass to each of them, what would you say? And what would you learn about yourself, when all is said?
At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual - though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story.
Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories - of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice - the life of one man will be powerful and poignantly laid bare.
Beautifully heart-warming and powerfully felt, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said and done.
As these imperiled characters wrestle with their identities, mysteriously powerful narrator plucks, gently, at the strings of their fates, and watches the twitching response. This novel is a devil's-eye view of a lost era, a sojourn to the dark side of our past, one we may not have come back from. With echoes of Peyton Place and Fellini's Amarcord, and with a sinister narrator at its heart, this is at once a story of a small town-with its secrets, fears, friendships, and betrayals-and a sweeping, theatrical extravagance from one of the finest writers of his generation.
The author of this book guides the reader through developing journal writing to use as a therapeutic tool. Keeping a journal can help the writer to develop a better understanding of themselves, their relationships and the world around them, as well as improve skills of problem-solving, decision-making and planning. As such, journal writing can be a powerful complement to verbal therapy, offering an effective and affordable way of extending support to troubled clients. The book includes advice on working with individuals, facilitating a therapeutic writing group, proposed clinical applications, practical techniques, useful journal prompts, exercises and case vignettes.
This clear guide to the basics of journaling and its development as a therapeutic medium will be a valuable handbook for therapists, health and social care practitioners, teachers, life coaches, writing facilitators and any professional seeking personal development in themselves or their clients.
Free spirit Rio Kinsella finds herself settled in the picture-postcard village of Lissamore on Ireland's West Coast. It's where she took her first step, had her first kiss and conceived her beloved son Finn. But now Finn's spread his wings and flown the nest, what's to keep her here? An old flame and a new prospect may provide the answer...
City girl Dervla is poles apart from her bohemian sister. A businesswoman with a quick mind, a hard heart and a nose for a good deal, she has no time for love. But is there anywhere she can really call home? And will the arrival of a new client throw her glossy magazine life-style into disarray?
Torn apart by a long-standing feud, the Kinsella sisters are reunited upon the death of their wayward father. But on clearing the family home, they discover a secret so intriguing it could change their lives forever...
Welcome to blissfully unpredictable Lissamore. It's guaranteed you'll never want to leave...
Praise for Kate Thompson:
‘Sublimely addictive’ MARIAN KEYES
‘Warm, witty, sexy and compulsively readable’ CATHY KELLY
‘Irresistible’ DEIRDRE PURCELL
‘Kate Thompson has come up trumps with this rollercoaster of a story. There are twists and turns even the most avid reader won't spot. Make sure you put some time aside, because once you start reading The Kinsella Sisters you won't want to put it down.’ RTE GUIDE
‘Must-read blockbuster’ Irish Post
In the idyllic village of Lissamore on the West Coast of Ireland, flirty Fleur O'Farrell has what seems to be a perfect life. She has the savoir-faire, the wardrobe, and her very own Mr. Big. But Fleur also has a big heart, which leads to big trouble.
When she meets a young girl whose love-life is a mess, Fleur finds herself proffering advice anonymously, via the internet. And there Fleur uncovers a dark side to her bright life upon which she'd really rather not turn the spotlight...
Meanwhile, Dervla Vaughn (nee Kinsella) also appears to be living the dream. However, with her husband working away more often than he's at home, life suddenly doesn't seem so rosy: especially when compared with the upwardly mobile career of Dervla's sister Río, who has access all areas on The O'Hara Affair - a movie based on the life of Scarlett O'Hara's Irish family, currently being filmed in Lissamore.
Left to take care of a mother-in-law suffering from dementia, and with her once-enviable life now a thing of shreds and patches, Dervla soldiers on, but realises that things have spiralled out of control when her thoughts begin to turn murderous...
Join The Kinsella Sisters once again, along with a host of new characters, as they prove that sometimes even the most perfect of lives can be anything but easy...