Felicity Hayes-McCoy
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Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Irish writer Felicity Hayes-McCoy is the author of the "Finfarran" novels, set in a fictional county on Ireland's West Coast. Cathy Kelly, bestselling author of "Between Sisters" and "Secrets of a Happy Marriage", describes Felicity's Finfarran books as "a delicious feast", while Jenny Colgan, New York Times bestselling author of "The Cafe by the Sea", calls them "charming and heartwarming".

Hachettte's UK & Irish edition of the latest Finfarran novel, The Transatlantic Book Club, publishes May 2 2019. The Library at the Edge of The World, the first Finfarran novel, was published in June 2016: The Sunday Times called it "engaging, sparkling and joyous" & The Sunday Independent wrote "An easy, pleasant summer read for fans of Maeve Binchy".

Summer at The Garden Café, the second in the series, came out in the UK & Irl May 2017, The Mistletoe Matchmaker, a warm, empowering Christmas story, in October 2017, and The Month of Borrowed Dreams in June 2018: The Irish Independent's review called it "a heartwarming novel ... which will leave you longing to read the earlier ones".

A US and Canadian edition of The Library at the Edge of The World, published by Harper Perennial Nov 2017, was chosen as a LibraryReads Pick. The US and Canadian edition of Summer at The Garden Café was published in 2018 with The Mistletoe Matchmaker to follow in Oct 2019.

The Finfarran novels have been translated into six languages and can also be purchased in English as ebooks and audiobooks.

Described as 'wise, funny' and 'blazingly beautiful' by the actress and writer Joanna Lumley, Felicity's first memoir, The House on an Irish Hillside was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2012. It takes the author to London - where she worked as an actress and met her English, opera-director husband - and back again to Ireland, to a remarkable stone house on the Dingle peninsula where she first studied the Irish language in her teens.

In response to requests from readers, Enough Is Plenty: The Year on the Dingle Peninsula, a sequel to The House on an Irish Hillside, was published by The Collins Press in 2015. Illustrated with photographs taken by Felicity and her husband, and with a foreword by the best-selling Irish writer Alice Taylor, it charts the cycle of the Celtic year in Felicity's own house and garden.

A second memoir, A Woven Silence: Memory, History & Remembrance, described by The Sunday Times as 'a powerful piece of personal and political history', was published in September 2015, also by The Collins Press. Inspired by the lost story of her grandmother's cousin Marion Stokes, one of three women who raised the tricolour over Enniscorthy town in Wexford during Ireland's 1916 Rising, it explores the consequences for individuals, families, communities and nations when memories are erased, intentionally or by chance.

Felicity's cultural guide to Ireland's Dingle Peninsula, Dingle and Its Hinterland: People, Places and Heritage, written with her husband Wilf Judd, and illustrated with their own photographs, was published by The Collins Press in 2017.

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