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Tuesday 16 October 2018

All Summer by Claire Kilroy

John Spain Books Editor

Tomorrow the Irish Independent publishes Book 17 in our Irish Women Writers collection, All Summer, by the award-winning young writer Claire Kilroy.

Our collection already has included great novels by Anne Enright (the 2007 Man Booker winner), Marian Keyes, Edna O'Brien, Cecelia Ahern, Deirdre Purcell, Martina Devlin, Sinead Moriarty, Rose Doyle, Catherine Dunne, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Clare Boylan, Karen Gillece, Jennifer Johnston and Josephine Hart as well as short stories by Claire Keegan, and Nuala O Faolain's unforgettable memoir.

The weekly collection of 20 books covers the spectrum of contemporary Irish female writers, from literary names to popular novelists.

Available at participating newsagents across the country each week, a new book appears every Saturday. The books cost €4.99 each with a token which appears every day on page 2 of the Irish Independent. Back copies are available, so you can fill in any missing titles in your collection. Over the 20 weeks, the books will form a collection that will stand the test of time, books to keep and re-read over the coming years. All the books have been redesigned with matching covers to work together as an attractive collection. See the list of titles below.

All Summer

Anna Hunt wakes up in a hay barn with a suitcase full of cash and no idea how she got there. She has lost her memory and is on the run. From who or what, she is unsure. She is certain of just one thing -- that she is somehow linked to the stolen painting currently being restored in the National Gallery.

Claire Kilroy's debut novel is a literary thriller set in modern Ireland, in various locations from the west of Ireland to the outskirts of Dublin.

With a complicated structure to keep the reader fascinated, and accomplished character development, this is a compelling story that mystifies and illuminates at the same time.

It's no accident that the stolen painting in the story is Girl in the Mirror, underlining the novel's exploration of outward appearance and inner identity. The novel, like a cracked mirror, reflects twisted, inverted and doubled images of the main characters, especially those involved in the crime.

Claire Kilroy was born Dublin in 1973 and studied English at Trinity College. She worked for four years in television editing on the BBC drama Ballykissangel, before returning to Trinity in 2000 to complete a Masters in creative writing. Her first novel, All Summer, was published by Faber & Faber in 2003 and was awarded the 2004 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.

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