Irish writer Nuala O’Connor’s fifth novel, NORA, about Nora Barnacle and James Joyce, will be published in January 2021, by Harper Collins in the USA & in April 2021 in Ireland, by New Island and in Germany by Insel Verlag.

You can pre-order the New Island Irish print edition here.

You can pre-order the Harper Collins USA edition in print, audio or e-book here.

You can read about the German ed. from Insel Verlag here.


Advance praise for NORA:

‘A lively and loving paean to the indomitable Nora Barnacle.’ Edna O’Brien

‘An exceptional novel by one of the most brilliant contemporary Irish writers, this is a story of love in all its many seasons, from ardent sexuality to companionable tenderness, through strength, challenge and courage.  Nuala O’Connor has brought to vivid life a woman about whom every literature lover has surely wondered and has done so with immense skill and daring. ‘ Joseph O’Connor, author of Star of the Sea and Shadowplay.

‘[a] poignant, comprehensive portrait of Nora Barnacle…narrated in Nora’s robust voice and carried by details saturated in filth … O’Connor’s admirable accomplishment adds to the abundant Joyceana with a moving examination of an unforgettable family. ‘ Publishers Weekly

‘[Nora] a bold, freethinking, uneducated girl from a poor Galway background, narrates this biographical saga in evocative Irish tones…O’Connor’s Joyce is “a man the same as any other, with all a man’s frauds and faults,” according to Nora. She emerges as his rock, the prose to his poetry. O’Connor’s lengthy, indulgent portrait of a marriage forefronts the robust, devoted woman who kept the show on the road.’ Kirkus Reviews