Maggie O’Farrell is the author of After You’d Gone, winner of a Betty Trask Award; My Lover’s Lover; The Distance Between Us, winner of a Somerset Maugham Award; The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox; and The Hand That First Held Mine, winner of a Costa Novel Award. Her most recent novel is Instructions for a Heatwave.

Great Irish Writers

Maggie O’Farrell’s new novel, Instructions for a Heatwave, is the story of a family that comes together in the middle of an unbearable summer to search for their father, who has gone missing. O’Farrell, who’s Irish but was raised in England, has always delighted in exploring the themes of heritage and family. Here she celebrates five of her favorite Irish writers.