USA launch of The Years That Followed

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Maybe it’s all those years I spent as a teacher. Maybe it’s all those years I spent as a young pupil and a student. Maybe it’s because I’ve always preferred the Irish autumn to the Irish summer.

Whatever the reason, I feel that I really get into my stride around September.

It feels to me like the true start to the year – as the earth begins to turn over, I begin to turn over a new leaf.

The blank page of every new beginning that will evolve into a work-in-progress is reminiscent of the brand-new copybooks of my schooldays: of that heady promise of starting over, doing better this time. My annual clean sheet: a time for optimism and renewal.

I don’t consciously wait to begin new work until the summer is over – but that is usually how it happens.

Spring or early summer has always been my traditional publishing time and that feels right, too – each new book brings with it a new promise, a new sense of achievement that seems in keeping with spring.

The Years That Followed had a similar, familiar trajectory. A new beginning in September, followed by two years’ creative work and then the quieter, slower rhythms of a winter edit. Once all the challenges of rewriting (and rewriting again) had been faced, publication happened in the early months of the following year.

But things change – and change is good. It’s good to shake up the old rhythms, to rattle and roll the old, familiar routines. Change helps us to see things from a different perspective, to challenge our preconceptions, to experience old things in a new way.

I’ve been a full-time writer since 1995 – and a part-time one before that for more years than I care to remember.

In that time, I’ve been fortunate to see my work published in Albania, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Spain, Sweden – as well as in Ireland and the UK.

The Years That Followed: in Europe

This time, The Years That Followed will have translated editions in Italian (Un Terribile Amore), Greek and Polish.

It is an indescribable delight to see your work between so many very different covers – every country has its own particular taste, in cover images as well as books – and I treasure the covers that I’ve held onto over the years.

I’ve even had some of them framed, and it’s a good feeling to see that gallery of prints: they bring back many happy memories spanning twenty-one years.

But this October brings with it a whole new layer of excitement.

For the very first time, my work will be published in the United States.

USA launch of The Years That Followed and Canada official launch

Touchstone Books – a division of Simon and Schuster – will publish The Years That Followed on the 11th October in New York and I am very much looking forward to being there to welcome it and to meet all the fantastic team at Touchstone. It’s been a joy to work with them.

Also in October, Brilliance Audio will issue an audiobook of The Years That Followed – and we’ve had great fun choosing the right voices for all of the characters.

It’s a very different experience for an author: to hear your own story read to you by someone else!

Kind of like bedtime stories for adults – in some ways, we never grow up.

Immediately after the New York publication, I’ll travel on to Canada, where the novel will have its official Canada launch at Ravine Vineyard on the 25th October.

So, instead of hibernating at my desk this October, I’ll be enjoying the bright lights of New York and paying another visit to Ottawa and Niagara-on-the-Lake.

So far, everything augurs well.

Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and Booklist in the US have already given The Years That Followed a terrific reception – you can see the comments below.

And finally, follow the link to a lovely video from Touchstone to tantalize all those readers out there!

Calista and Pilar are wonderful characters to watch develop as they weather this theme and as they work to define and enrich themselves against steep, cruel odds.

Kirkus Review

both women are nuanced, sympathetic characters whose lives and loves are well developed throughout this darkly compelling story.

Publishers Weekly

In this page-turner that’s both poignant and satisfying, Dunne knows how to write the woman scorned, betrayed and eventually reborn.

Alison Spanner, Booklist

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