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Irish Sunday Times bestseller Carmel Harrington writes issue-driven popular fiction. From Co. Wexford, she lives in a small village with her family and their rescue dog, George Bailey.
Her uplifting and inspiring books, all regular chart-toppers, have captured the hearts of readers worldwide and are translated into eight languages to date, in eleven territories. Published by Harper Collins, her books have been described by the Daily Mail as 'beautifully written, emotionally intelligent and moving in the extreme.'
Her most recent novel is the number one Amazon bestseller, A Thousand Roads Home.
Previous novels include The Woman at 72 Derry Lane which remained in the Irish bestseller charts for 12 weeks and the official ITV novel and UK Top 20 bestseller Cold Feet The Lost Years. Carmel was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award in 2016 & 2017 and won both the Kindle Book of the Year and Romantic eBook of the Year in 2013.
Carmel is also a popular TV and radio personality. She is a regular panellist on Virgin Media's Elaine and Midday show. In addition, she has appeared on TV in America, the United Kingdom and Ireland. These include WNDU-TV's The Breakfast Show, BBC Arts Show, RTE's The Today Show and Virgin Media's IrelandAM, The Six O'Clock Show and The Morning Show. She has been interviewed many times on the radio, on shows that include BBC Radio Ulster, Newstalk with Pat Kenny and RTE's Ryan Tubridy Show. If that wasn't enough to make the juggle struggle real, she is a co-founder of The Inspiration Project, a coaching writing retreat.
Carmel's warmth and infectious humour make her a popular speaker in schools, libraries and festivals and she has given talks throughout Ireland, UK and US.
Before writing, she was a Sales and Marketing Manager for an American multi-national and if she ever stops writing, she has notions of becoming a broadway star. Sadly talent does not always match ambition! Her favourite place to plot new stories is walking on Curracloe Beach. So if you spot her talking to herself, be reassured that she's likely lost in a new world, making friends with new characters.
Carmel loves hearing from readers, so please feel free to connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, @HappyMrsH. You can sign up for Carmel's newsletter on her website www.carmelharrington.com or join The Carmel Harrington Reading Room on Facebook, where readers discuss their favourite reads and take part in bookish challenges.
Carmel is represented by Rowan Lawton of The Soho Agency, London.
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‘Warm, uplifting & important…a very VERY special book’ Marian Keyes
‘Beautifully moving and uplifting’ Cecelia Ahern
Meet Tom. Or Dr O’Grady, as he used to be called. When you pass him on the street, most people don’t even give him a second glance. You see, Tom isn’t living his best life. Burdened by grief, he’s only got his loyal dog, Bette Davis, for company and a rucksack containing his whole world.
Then there’s Ruth and her son, DJ, who no longer have a place to call home.
But Ruth believes that you can change the world by helping one person at a time – and Tom needs her help…
Why readers and authors love Carmel Harrington:
‘At 72 years old I have lived a life that encompasses most of your stories and you give a lift to my soul that inspires me’ Ruth, Norwich
‘Convincing characters, always gripping, endearing, with a cracking pace’ IRISH INDEPENDENT
‘Beautifully written, emotionally intelligent & moving in the extreme’ DAILY MAIL
‘Brave and original’ Liz Nugent
‘Important, life-affirming and bursting with Carmel’s trademark warmth and hope. It belongs on everyone’s shelf, and in everyone’s hearts’ Hazel Gaynor
‘Timely, moving and FULL of heart’ Catherine Ryan Howard
‘A remarkable, special, joyous book that captured my heart’ Alex Brown
‘Fearless, brave and so full of heart…Carmel has written her first number one’ Claudia Carroll
‘A complete page-turner and an emotional rollercoaster. Tissues will be required’ Sinead Moriarty
‘A wonderfully life-affirming book…Carmel Harrington writes with such honesty’ New York Times bestselling author, Hazel Gaynor
On a leafy suburban street in Dublin, beautiful, poised Stella Greene lives with her successful husband, Matt. The perfect couple in every way, Stella appears to have it all. Next door, at number 72 however, lives Rea Brady. Gruff, bad-tempered and rarely seen besides the twitching of her net curtains, rumour has it she’s lost it all…including her marbles if you believe the neighbourhood gossip.
But appearances can be deceiving and when Stella and Rea’s worlds collide they realise they have much in common. Both are trapped in a prison of their own making.
Has help been next door without them realising it?
With the warmth and wit of Maeve Binchy and the secrets and twists of Liane Moriarty, this is the utterly original and compelling new novel from Irish Times bestseller Carmel Harrington.
Praise for The Woman at 72 Derry Lane:
‘I both cried and laughed…one of the best books I have ever read’ Woman’s Way
‘Both heart-wrenching and uplifting. The perfect summer read’ Irish Times bestseller Fionnuala Kearney
BEYOND GRACE’S RAINBOW
*Book of the Year in the 2013 Kindle Book Awards*
*Winner of the Romantic eBook of the Year at the Festival of Romance*
*A Bord Gais Book Club Recommended Read*
Beyond Grace’s Rainbow is the deeply emotional and poignant story of young single mother Grace Devlin.
When Grace is diagnosed with cancer her best chance of survival is to find a bone marrow transplant from a family member. Only Grace is adopted and her one previous attempt to connect with her birth mother resulted in bitter disappointment.
But with her young son, Jack, to think about, and the return of her ex Liam, Jack’s father, reminding her of feelings she’d thought she’d buried long ago, Grace refuses to give up hope just yet. With the help of her friends she bravely embarks on a journey of discovery.
This search will bring her from her home in vibrant Dublin to the unspoilt beauty of Wexford where she must unravel a web of lies and deceit that has spanned over thirty years.
With a wonderful cast of supporting characters and plenty of charm, this will have you laughing and crying at the turn of a page.
Carmel Harrington is an exciting new Irish voice in women’s fiction – a must read for fans of Cecilia Ahern!
The life you lived. The life you loved. The life you left…
For fans of Jojo Moyes and Cecelia Ahern.
It started out like any other day for Sarah Lawler; getting the kids ready for school, making the pack lunches and juggling baby Ella’s feeds.
There was no way of knowing that her husband, Paul, would leave for work that morning and simply not come home.
Now the questions are piling up quicker than the unpaid bills and, unable to answer her children’s questions about where their Daddy is, Sarah is getting desperate.
But it turns out she isn’t quite as alone as she thought she was. When her beloved childhood friend, Edward, comes back into her life, Sarah thinks she’s finally been thrown a life line.
There’s just one problem with Edward: Sarah is the only person who can see him.
“Carmel Harrington has done it again! Brilliantly written… it surpasses all expectations.” ChickLitClub
‘Anyone who loved the great Maeve Binchy will adore this gorgeous gem of a book’ – Claudia Carroll
The gripping new novel from Irish Times bestseller Carmel Harrington, shortlisted for Newcomer of the Year at the BGE Irish Book Awards.
Every family has a story…
But for the Guinness family a happy ending looks out of reach. Olly and Mae's marriage is crumbling, their teenage daughter Evie is on a mission to self-destruct and their beloved Pops is dying of cancer. Their once strong family unit is slowly falling apart.
But Pops has one final gift to offer his beloved family – a ray of hope to cling to. As his life's journey draws to a close, he sends his family on an adventure across Europe in a camper van, guided by his letters, his wisdom and his love.
Because Pops knows that all his family need is time to be together, to find their love for each other and to find their way back home…
What readers are saying about Carmel Harrington:
‘Carmel Harrington…will make you see life in a different way’ – Woman’s Way
‘A wonderfully life-affirming, heart-warming book. Carmel Harrington writes with such honesty, you'd have to be made of stone not to laugh and cry’ – New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor
‘I always feel a little richer for having read one of Carmel’s books…this inspiring and emotional family-centred read stole my heart’ – Between the Lines
HILARIOUS AND HEARTBREAKING OFFICIAL COLD FEET NOVEL FROM THE HIT TV SERIES.
What happened to your favourite characters between series five and six of Mike Bullen's award-winning TV series?
Reeling from the sudden death of Rachel, his beloved wife, Adam has no time to grieve. He has to keep going, for the sake of their baby son.
Jenny moves back in with ex-husband Pete, eight and a half months pregnant with another man's child. Can their relationship overcome past jealousies?
Karen and David agree to an amicable divorce - but that's before he sleeps with the divorce lawyer . . .
THE LOST YEARS is an irresistible chance to catch up on all the laughter, the tears, the life lessons we missed while they were gone.
'I loved it. The characters have been captured so well and it just feels so like Mike Bullen's creation . . . Harrington should be very proud - it really is fabulous! Margaret Conway, Line Producer Cold Feet
A warm and universal story about finding the courage to be the real you.
Greta Gale has played the part of the funny fat one her entire life, hiding her insecurities behind a big smile. But size doesn’t matter when you can laugh at yourself, right?
Until Greta realises she’s the only one not laughing. And deep down, she’s not sure if she’ll ever laugh again.
But when an unexpected road trip takes Greta from her home in Dublin to the bright lights of Vegas, she begins to question if you need to be the perfect size to love yourself. Or to fall in love. Because sometimes the best moments in life come when it’s all gone a bit pear-shaped…
Ivy Mitchell’s life is changed forever after she follows her cat, Karma, into an old house, where she stumbles upon a strange book that not only unleashes her destiny, but attracts a smoking hot, mysterious stranger named Chance with wicked powers of his own. Ivy was born a witch, but an important decision awaits. Make the wrong choice and more than her powers are at risk.
A story in nine parts, each written by a different writer in her own individual style: Lori Connelly, Aileen Harkwood, Zara Stoneley, Kari Lemor, Sarah Lefebve, Carmel Harrington, Teresa F. Morgan, Lynn Marie Hulsman, and Jane Lark.
Length: 4300 words
Weihnachten war stets die schönste Zeit des Jahres für Belle. Die funkelnden Lichter Dublins, der knirschende Schnee unter den Schuhen, der Zauber, der in der Luft liegt. Doch dieses Jahr ist sie blind für all das, und ihre Welt ist grau, nachdem sie alles verloren hat, was sie liebt. Aber Weihnachten hat auch dieses Jahr nicht seinen Zauber verloren … und schickt Belle jemanden, der ihr vor Augen führen soll, wie schön das Leben ist.
À l’approche des fêtes de fin d’année, Belle accumule les mauvaises nouvelles. Après avoir perdu la garde de la petite Lauren, une enfant qu’on lui avait confiée en tant que parent d’accueil et à qui elle s’était beaucoup attachée, voilà que son mari, Jim, son âme sœur, est victime d’un accident de voiture dont personne ne peut dire s’il en réchappera. Belle se sent alors si abattue qu’elle en vient à faire le vœu de ne jamais avoir existé. Mais il faut être prudent, avec les vœux. Car, en cette période de Noël, il y a parfois des anges pour vous entendre et vous exaucer…
A propos de l'auteur :
Avec son mari et ses deux enfants, Amelia et Nate, Carmel Harrington jouit d’une vie assez idyllique en Irlande. Une vie remplie d’histoires, de chansons, de jeux de cache-cache, de Mickey, de balades sur la plage, de chatouilles, de bisous, de douceurs au chocolat… Mais, surtout, une vie remplie d’amour. Et, cerise sur le gâteau, elle a à présent réalisé le rêve de sa vie, être écrivain, puisqu'elle est à la fois romancière et dramaturge. Alors, elle croit aux histoires qui se terminent bien et aux rêves qui se réalisent, parce que c’est ce qu’il lui est arrivé.