Releasing a book is a nerve-wracking time, and imagine trying to do so right now. Here are the books to buy and pre-order now to support writing talent and booksellers this March

The prospect of a few quiet weeks spent at home means that the only course of action is to stock up on some quality reads. Coincidentally, this month there are stunning new books hitting shelves, so you won’t be lost for a great companion to curl up with as your family climb the walls around you.

In a time when the world is a really scary place, it must be incredibly daunting for authors to also have a book they need to shout about. Yes, the news is very consuming at the moment, but these people have spent years crafting these wonderful stories, only for a virus to steal the limelight. At a time when we need stories more than ever before, here are the best new releases this March.

Remember, support your local bookshop where possible. You can still shop online at this time. Dubray books is offering a 10% discount off all books online, using the promo code ReadOn.

March’s new releases

Oona 

Alice Lyons

The Lilliput Press

1 March

Oona is an artist in the making, living in an affluent suburban culture of first-generation immigrants in New Jersey, where white privilege and conspicuous consumption prevail. The denial of death is ubiquitous, which Oona experiences first hand when she is not told that her mother is dying of cancer upstairs. Afterwards, a silence grips her from the inside and emotionally hobbled, she has her first encounters with sex, drugs and other adolescent challenges.

Laura Cassidy’s Walk of Fame

Alan McGonagle 

Picador

Out 5 March

Her father always told her she was destined for stardom. It has gone slower so far then they both would like, but now that the new theatre is finally opening, her big break feels closer than ever. She must get past her meddlesome older sister, and she won’t be telling her mother about this audition, not after last time. Her occasional leading man and on-off lover thinks this is all just a waste of time, but she knows that this could be it. This story about a dangerously optimistic troubled soul will capture your heart.

The Mirror and The Light

Hilary Mantel

4th Estate

Out 5 March

The conclusion to the modern classic trilogy Wolf Hall is here, and carries the reader through the final tragic era of Thomas Cromwell’s life. Having ascended from poverty as a child to the upper echelons of Henry VIII’s court, Cromwell has all of England at his feet. But his enemies are lurking in the shadows and he knows that no one is safe from Henry’s cutthroat rule. Eight years in the making, this book takes the reader deep into the Tudor world and the passion and drive of politician and fixer Cromwell.

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

Josie Silver

Penguin

Out 5 March

Freddie and Lydia have been together for more than a decade. She thought their love was indestructible, until Freddie was taken from her in a car crash, on her 28th birthday. When all she wants to do is hide from the world and sob in her bedroom, she knows she needs to embrace her life. But something unbelievable happens and she has the miraculous chance to visit two worlds, the current one, and one where nothing went wrong and Freddie is still with her. But returning again and again to world where Freddie still owns her heart takes its toll on her, especially when there is someone in the real world who wants her to stay.

The Weight of Love

Hilary Fannin

Doubleday Ireland

Out 5 March

Hilary’s first fiction novel has wowed critics. Set in London in 1996, Robin and Ruth meet in a staff room of an East London school. Robin falls instantly in love, but recently bereaved Ruth is tentative. When Robin introduces Ruth to his childhood friend Joseph, the attraction is instant, and Robin watches on, powerless, as the two embark on a turbulent, passionate affair. In 2017, it is Robin and Ruth who are married, now living in Dublin, and have a child called Sid. The marriage is haunted by the ghost of Joseph, and a distance grows between them. This is an intimate look at the complexities of marriage and how we love who we love.

Modern Times

Cathy Sweeney

The Stinging Fly 

Out 10 March

The first collection of stories from the acclaimed writer is everything her fans will have hoped for. Hilarious and obsurd, the stories range from a woman who befriends her husband’s sex doll, a man making films without a camera and a married couple taking turns to sit in an electric chair.

Our Little Cruelties

Liz Nugent

Penguin

Out 19 March

Three brothers are at a funeral — one in the coffin. Will, Brian and Luke have always competed for their mother’s unequal love. They betray each other over and over until one of them is dead. Which brother killed him? The praise for Nugent’s latest work has been emphatically positive, with Marian Keyes deeming it, “MAGNIFICENT. Her best yet, and that’s really saying something.”

A Thousand Moons

Sebastian Barry

Faber & Faber 

Out 19 March

In the follow up to Barry’s Costa winner Days Without End, we’re reunited with Thomas McNulty and John Cole. This time, the narrator is their adopted daughter Winona, an Native American orphan. She is becoming a young woman, and hopes to marry a Polish boy who works at the local store, who doesn’t seem to mind her heritage, unlike the others in the town. When she is raped, the culprit is unknown, and the fallout is devastating.

The Thorn Girl 

Laura Elliot

Sphere

Out 19 March

This psychological thriller begins with Adele finding the secret diary of the mother she never met. Inside, she reads the shocking account of a crime commited over 25 years ago. Pocketing the diary, she delays joining her fiance for her new life abroad, to return to the area where her mother was last seen alive. Adele was born into a Mother and Baby home, and she is determined to find out who committed this devastating attack on her mother. No one in the small communtiy wants to tell Adele the truth, but she slowly unravels the layers of deceit.