Nestled in the heart of Dublin city, St Enda's Terrace is like any other close-knit community: warm, colourful, looks after its own. But behind closed doors lie secrets ...In Number Eight he wants a baby, she doesn't. The guy a few doors down just wants to find love. Across the street a single mum struggles to cope. While the people next door might appear to have it all, their mortgage holder knows different. When the street syndicate wins the National Lottery, it seems that things are looking up. Enter a New York production company on a mission to document a 'quintessential' Dublin community - just as it becomes clear that the winning ticket is nowhere to be found. Facades begin to crumble in the scramble to uncover the missing ticket and, as the gloves come off for the once unremarkable residents of St Enda's, it's game on with everything to play for.
'As funny and frank a portrayal of a close-knit Dublin community as I've read since Roddy Doyle's Barrytown trilogy. Unputdownable' -- Niamh Greene, author of A Message to Your Heart 20120801 Praise for Maria Duffy -- : 20120801 'Fresh, zany and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny' -- Irish Examiner 20111029 'A funny, heart-warming novel which sparkles with rich Dublin wit throughout.' -- Off the Shelf, Hello! Magazine Blog 20111107
Born in Dublin, Maria Duffy knew from an early age that she loved writing, but it never occurred to her that she could pursue the craft as a career. Instead, she began working at a bank after completing a business course. Maria went on to have four children with husband Paddy and became a stay-at-home mum. She had never stopped writing and when her youngest started school four years ago, she decided to dust off the book she'd once started. Once she began to write again she knew it was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Any Dream Will Do, her first novel, was published in 2011. After becoming a self-confessed Twitter addict, Maria also began writing a blog for Hello's online magazine entitled 'Stars in the Twitterverse'. To date she has interviewed Eamonn Holmes, Jedward, Keith Barry, Wonderland, Gino d'Acampo and many more. The Terrace is Maria's second novel.