Nora: One Dublin One Book choice for 2022
Published on 15th March 2022
Nora: A Love Story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce by Nuala O’Connor is the One Dublin One Book choice for 2022.
One Dublin One Book aims to encourage everyone in Dublin to read a designated book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year. This annual project is a Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Libraries, and encourages reading for pleasure. The initiative is also funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
Events in April
A new One Dublin One Book edition of Nora (New Island Books) is available to borrow from all public libraries nationwide and to buy from all good book shops. There will be events in April to accompany the reading initiative.
‘I’m honoured and humbled that Dublin City Council has chosen Nora as its One Dublin One Book read for 2022, the Ulysses centenary year. I imagine Nora Barnacle would be as pleased as I am to see her contribution to the life and work of James Joyce celebrated in this way. I’m a proud Dub and this wonderful opportunity has me really looking forward to engaging with library users and readers, all over my home city, in 2022.’ says Nuala O’Connor.
Photo of Nuala O’Connor by Úna O’Connor.
Nuala O’Connor is a novelist, short story writer and poet who was born in Dublin and lives now in Co. Galway with her family. She has worked as an arts administrator in theatre and in a writers’ centre; as a translator, as a bookseller and also in a university library. She is the author of four previous novels, including Becoming Belle (2018) and Miss Emily (2015), a reimagining of the life of Emily Dickinson, The Closet of Savage Mementos (New Island, 2014), You (New Island, 2010) and six short story collections, her most recent being Joyride to Jupiter (New Island, 2017). She has won many prizes for her short fiction including the Francis MacManus Award, the James Joyce Quarterly Fiction Contest and the UK’s Short Fiction Journal Prize. Nuala’s work has also been nominated for numerous prizes including the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, the Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year and the International Dublin Literary Award. She is editor-in-chief at flash e-zine Splonk. Her fifth novel, Nora, is about Nora Barnacle, wife and muse to James Joyce, and was published in Ireland in April 2021 with New Island.
Previous reservable books featured are At Swim Two Birds by Flann O’ Brien (2006); A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry (2007); Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (2008); Dracula by Bram Stoker (2009); The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde (2010); Ghost Light by Joseph O’Connor (2011); Dubliners by James Joyce (2012); Strumpet City by James Plunkett (2013); If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth (2014); The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle (2015); Fallen by Lia Mills (2016); Echoland by Joe Joyce (2017); The Long Gaze Back, An Anthology of Irish Women Writers edited by Sinéad Gleeson (2018); The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O’Brien (2019); Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey (2020) and Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession (2021).