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Noelle Harrison is an Irish novelist and playwright.
Noelle’s stories are written from the heart, historical with contemporary resonance and relevance, family mysteries and secrets. “If you like reading love stories set against evocative landscapes from all over the world, you might want to pick up one of my books. My purpose is to tell women’s stories from the past and present and to give voice to those who are rarely heard”
Her first novel, Beatrice was published in August 2004 which was a bestseller in Ireland. This was followed by A Small Part Of Me in 2005, I Remember in 2008, The Adulteress in 2010, The Secret Loves of Julia in 2012, The Gravity of Love in 2018 and The Island Girls in 2020.
Set off the coast of Maine and in the west of Ireland, her latest book The Boatman's Wife a story of lost love, secrets and the fellowship of women was published by Bookouture in January 2021. The Girl Across The Sea was published in November 2021.
Noelle’s books have been translated in over 13 different countries worldwide.
In 2014 she was one of 56 Irish Writers included in the anthology and exhibition “Lines of Vision Irish Writers on Art” at the National Gallery of Ireland, and published by Thames & Hudson.
Noelle has also written five plays – Northern Landscapes, Black Virgin, Runaway Wife, The Good Sister, and Witches’ Gets, which featured in Cymera and Audacious Women Festivals in Edinburgh in 2019 & 2020 to sell out houses.
In April 2022, writing as Anya Bergman, The Witches of Vardø was acquired by Manilla Press, the literary imprint of Bonnier Books UK, in a two-book deal. Set in Vardø on the Varanger Peninsula in Norway during the witch trials of the seventeenth century. The novel based on true events was published on 5th January 2023 and was named a Sunday Times, ‘Historical Fiction Book Of The Month’ with the reviewer calling it ‘a powerful, deeply moving novel’
Noelle currently lives in Ireland is one of the founders of Aurora Writers Retreats, and teaches yoga and journaling as part of the wellness hub The Space To BE. She offers a critiquing service for budding writers through Inkwell Writers.
Praise for Beatrice
“Vivid and powerful, Beatrice is a novel told in gleaming moments, like a string of pearls brought one by one out of the dark. It has the compelling power of a detective story, following a trail of ghosts into the past”
“It totally grips the reader`s attention quite literally to the very final paragraph... it marks the debut of a deeply mature and skilful voice... “
Dermot Bolger, The Sunday Independent
Praise for “The Gravity Of Love”
“From the arid desert of eighties Arizona to swinging sixties London, Noëlle Harrison connects her beautifully drawn characters and weaves them into a story that entangled, enchanted and entranced this reader.”
Liz Nugent, author of Lying in Wait
“So rich in love, loss, blame, misunderstanding, secrets and betrayals this book has everything.”
Sinéad Moriarty, author of The Good Mother
“From big sky Arizona to an Ireland of “corners and clouds”, Noëlle Harrison leads us on a hypnotic dance across the decades. A vivid, gripping tale of family secrets and lost love.”
Sandra Ireland, author of Beneath the Skin
Beatrice: Macmillan (UK), Singel Uitgeverijen (De Arbeiderspers) (Holland), Juritzen Forlag (Norway)
A Small Part Of Me: Macmillan (UK), Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH - Page & Turner(Germany), Arnoldo Mondadori (Italy)
I Remember: Macmillan (UK), Verlag Kiepenhauer & Witsch (Germany), Arnoldo Mondadori (Italy), Cappelen Damm AS (Norway)
The Adulteress :Macmillan (UK), Terricum (Hungary) , Mondadori (ITALY)
The Gravity of Love: Black and White Publishing (World)
The Island Girls: Storyfire Ltd, Bookouture (World)
The Boatman's Wife: Storyfire Ltd, Bookouture (World)