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Kate Kerrigan is an author living and working in Ireland. Her novels are Recipes for a Perfect Marriage, The Miracle of Grace, Ellis Island, City of Hope, Land of Dreams and The Lost Garden.

Kate began her career as an editor and journalist, editing many of Britain’s most successful young women’s magazines before returning to her native Ireland in the 1990’s to edit Irish Tatler. She writes a weekly column in the Irish Mail about her life in Killala, County Mayo – and contributes regularly to RTE's radio's Sunday Miscellany.

Her novel, The Dress, published by Head of Zeus was shortlisted at the Irish Book Awards in 2015, and her new novel, It Was Only Ever You, was published in hardback edition, October 2016.


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Kate Kerrigan I have just finished copyedits on The Dress - my new novel due out this summer (2015). Here's the cover blurb. VERY EXCITED!

Beauty beyond measure…more
I have just finished copyedits on The Dress - my new novel due out this summer (2015). Here's the cover blurb. VERY EXCITED!

Beauty beyond measure comes at a price.


Lily Fitzpatrick loves vintage - clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories - things made all the more precious because once they were owned and loved by another woman.  Thousands follow her vintage fashion blog and her daily #WhatLilyWears Instagram feed.

But this passion for the beautiful clothes of the past is about to have unforeseen consequences, when Lily stumbles upon the story of a 1950s New York beauty, who was not only everything Lily longs to be, but also shares Lily’s surname.

Joy Fitzpatrick was a legend.  But what was the famous dress which she once commissioned - said to be so original that nothing in couture would ever match it again?  What happened to it - and why did Joy Fitzpatrick suddenly disappear from New York high society?

The Dress interweaves the dramatic story of Joy, the beautiful but tortured socialite and that of Lily - determined to uncover the truth and, if possible, to bring back to life the legendary dress itself.
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Kate Kerrigan I got the idea for The Dress after talking to an old work associate from my distant days working on fashion magazines. I had never been inspired to…more I got the idea for The Dress after talking to an old work associate from my distant days working on fashion magazines. I had never been inspired to write about the fashion business before but then this random conversation with this random man suddenly made me remember that, despite the idea I have about myself as being disinterested in fashion, actually I love clothes and I have an enormous respect for the art of couture. It was like they had been this idea lying dormant inside me and once it came out there was no stopping me. My next book will also be about the powerful role the clothes play in shaping and recording the emotional lives of women. (less)
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After I read this piece on RTE Radio's Sunday Miscellany, a lot of people e-mailed and asked for the transcript - so here it is.


The London Metropolitan police rang at 2pm on 6th February 2009.
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This is - hands-down – oneof the best books I have ever read and a piece of Irish literature which is unique and important for its record of modern Ireland as it is today. I am reluctant to say Joyce but frankly - it is. Only better because it is my ...more
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“We both grew so used to each other, so comfortable with the naturalness and ease of our friendship, that we became sloppy about keeping our relationship a secret. It was not that we were physically demonstrative or obviously in love, more that it had become impossible for us to hide our close involvement. We had gradually acquired the unmistakable air of old-love: finishing each other's sentences and speaking to each other with an offhand, presuming intimacy that was eventually noticed.”
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“In this way, I was able to place my own concerns aside and curl myself up in the cocoon of somebody else's imagination. My life was suspended - I was in neither one place nor the other.”
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“Kupikir orang tidak akan bisa membuat komitmen sebelum benar-benar jatuh cinta. Sekarang aku tahu, kita tidak akan bisa mencintai dengan tulus sebelum membuat komitmen.”

“Inilah kesempatan terakhirku dalam cinta, bukan karena aku sudah terlalu tua untuk menjalin cinta dengan orang lain, tetapi karena sudah waktunya berhenti. Berhenti berlari, mengejar sasaran bergerak yang kusebut kebahagiaan itu, dan merasa berbahagia dengan apa yang sudah kumiliki.”
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Derick Hudson Many thanks for the connection, Kate. Love your work. If you get a chance you might check out my Irish romcom, 'Dysfunctional Romance!'
Cheers Kate.
Derick
www.derickhudson.blogspot.com


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