Heart of Gold

Sixteen-year-old Miriam gets her first summer job at an all-in holiday resort in North County Dublin.

When she arrives she meets Marie-Claire, and finds a friendship that will change her life forever.

Narrated by a grown-up Miriam, Heart of Gold explores the nature of growing up, friendship and betrayal.

  • Beautifully written, perfectly paced and very, very moving.

    Roddy Doyle In The Beginning
  • Dunne has written a page turner: compelling, edgy, fast paced…

    Irish Times La Metà di Niente
  • It is a triumph of the ordinary. When it comes to an end, you feel you’ve lost your best friend.

    Irish Independent In The Beginning
  • A virtuoso performance from a writer of enormous promise.

    Sunday Telegraph A Name For Himself
  • A Name For Himself highlights the exceptional and unfathomable depths of what we nonchalantly dimiss as the ordinary, the normal, the everyday. In the deft hands of Dunne, the ordinary becomes story-worthy.

    Irish Times A Name For Himself
  • Dunne writes compellingly about obsessive love, showing how apparently normal states of mind can shade into madness.

    The Times A Name For Himself
  • A startling struggle-of-love study…Dunne’s Dublin dialogue is deft, her writing sings.

    She A Name For Himself
  • Elegant, lucid prose…with depth, intelligence and a few surprises.

    Irish Times A Name For Himself
  • The Walled Garden is that great rarity: a flawless novel.

    The Express The Walled Garden
  • A hugely gratifying book; something to feed the spirit again and again.

    Irish Independent The Walled Garden
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