In The Beginning


  • 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

In the Beginning was my first novel, published in 1997.

It is the story of a woman whose marriage – and whose life – falls apart after twenty years. The main character, Rose, struggles to keep her family together in the face of devastating emotional and financial losses.

What interested me most as a writer was the woman’s resilience, is the interplay of family relationships and the importance of friendship. These are themes to which I keep being drawn in my fiction.

In the Beginning was a major international success.

It was published in Italian, Danish, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Albanian, Swedish and Polish.

catherine dunne