On her thirty-third birthday, Claire Dillon decides that it's finally time to grow up. She will give herself twelve months to try to sort out her life. Her mother was thirty-three when she drowned. The accident happened on Claire's seventh birthday and deep down, Claire feels it was her fault. Her Mum had everything to live for but Claire's life is a mess...All her relationships have just fizzled out over the years. Her acting career is going nowhere and thirty-three, in actress years, is somewhere between forty-five and extinct. Nothing in her life works. Her locks stick, her pipes howl, her computer has no letter 'p'. Her beloved car, Mossy, which used to belong to her mother, only has one wiper and no reverse gear. If it weren't for the kindness of her oldest and best friend, the gorgeous, charming, and once-very-famous Ray Devine, she wouldn't even have a place to live. So she gives herself a year to turn her life around...With her ability to move seamlessly between the most painful of truths and laugh-out-loud comedy, Ella Griffin has written a story that teases out secrets from the most dysfunctional of families, a touching story of coming to terms with the past and learning to look to the future.
'Ella Griffin can make you laugh and then cry in the turn of a page' Marian Keyes.
Written with warmth and humour Irish authors appear so good at -- Sarah Broadhurst BOOKSELLER A brilliant debut novel (4 stars) HEAT A fresh, funny new voice. Ella Griffin can make you laugh and then cry in the turn of a page. -- Marian Keyes A touching story that reminds us all that love's never as simple as it sounds. WOMAN This thrilling story of romance and deceit is too good to put down. CLOSER As debut novels go this is one stomping entry into the world of storytelling. Like all good romcoms, Postcards from the Heart is a love story with a twist, but its also got the added element of wit, humour and the odd tear here and there. A fabulous read. RTE GUIDE A smart portrayal of four friends' efforts to find a path through the undergrowth of thirtysomething life. DAILY TELEGRAPH Following the lives of four thirty-something friends, it has all the elements of great chick-lit: think the humour of Marian Keyes, the warmth of Cathy Kelly, with just a sprinkling of Jackie Collins naughtiness thrown in for good measure. IRISH INDEPENDENT Ella Griffin's hugely enjoyable debut ... deftly mixes light and shade, humour and conflict ... like Allison Pearson in I don't know how She Does It, Griffin puts a fresh spin on the having-it-all conundrum of juggling relationships and caring from children and parents with the demands of a career. IRISH SUNDAY INDEPENDENT A brilliant read which I found it hard to put down. SOUTH WALES ARGUS packed with characters, plot twists and humorous incident ... a journey on which many readers will be happily swept away IRISH TIMES A funny, zany romp through the glitzier side of Dublin IRISH EXAMINER
Ella Griffin was born and grew up in Dublin. A childhood dream of writing turned into an award-winning career in advertising - including a Barnardo's campaign that won the accolade of Ireland's BEST AD OF ALL TIME. Having turned freelance, Ella has written a wealth of travel pieces for magazines including IRISH TATLER, IMAGE, CARA and PRUDENCE, and has written and directed a short film.