Growing up, Sinead Moriarty was inspired by watching her mother, an author of children's books, writing at the kitchen table. Her childhood dream was to write a novel. It was at the age of thirty, while working as a journalist in London, that she began to write creatively in her spare time - after work, at lunch times ... and, truth be told, during work hours. Her first novel, The Baby Trail, a bitter-sweet story of a couple struggling to have a baby (inspired by her own early difficulties conceiving) was published in 2004 and has been translated into twenty languages. Sinead Moriarty's novels have sold over half a million copies in Ireland and the UK. She has won over readers and critics telling stories that are funny, humane, moving and relevant to modern women. She lives in her native Dublin with her husband and their three children.
Will make you laugh out loud one minute and wipe away a rogue tear the next * Heat * Moriarty's Emma has the wit of Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw, mixed with the Murphy's Law luck of Bridget Jones * Irish Independent * Very funny, with a cast of wonderful supporting characters and an unpredictable ending. Marian Keyes, you have some competition * RTE Guide * The pace is fast and furious ... a real page-turner * Irish Tatler * Honest and funny * U Magazine * Lots of tears and even more laughs ... a confident debut * Irish Times * Funny - side-splittingly so, which is a difficult balance to strike considering the weight of the subject matter * Ireland on Sunday * Mix Bridget Jones with Charlotte from Sex and the City and you've got Emma, the charming heroine of The Baby Trail, and a funny, feisty guide through the realities and hilarities of twenty-first century baby-making. A terrific read ... -- Jennifer Weiner