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Fiction round-up: It’s family all the way in this summer’s best beach reads

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Our top beach reads. Stock image

Our top beach reads. Stock image

Fiona O’Brien Picture by Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

Fiona O’Brien Picture by Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

Faith Hogan. Picture by Keith Heneghan

Faith Hogan. Picture by Keith Heneghan

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Our top beach reads. Stock image

Family is the focus in popular fiction this summer. Not surprising, given our recent all-locked-down-together status. And in these four novels, as in life itself, blood – even when it’s boiling –proves to be always thicker than the other stuff.

In The Houseshare (Hachette, €15.99) by Fiona O’Brien, Evelyn Malone is a mother and grandmother, living alone in a flat in a luxurious mansion overlooking south Dublin Bay. She’s old but still beautiful, glamorous, popular, and only the home’s tight-lipped resident housekeeper knows about her past.


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