THE LONG, HOT SUMMER U.K. Edition by: Kathleen MacMahon From Kathleen MacMahon, the #1 bestselling author of This is How it Ends, comes this powerful and poignant novel, capturing a moment in the life of one family. - BUY BOOK

The MacEntees are no ordinary family

Determined to be different from other people, they have carved out a place for themselves in Irish life by the sheer force of their personalities.

There’s Deirdre, the aged matriarch and former star of the stage. Her estranged writer husband Manus now lives with a younger man. Their daughter Alma is an unapologetically ambitious television presenter, while Acushla plays the part of the perfect political wife. And there’s Macdara, the fragile and gentle soul of the family.

Together, the MacEntees present a glamorous face to the world. But when a series of misfortunes befall them over the course of one long, hot summer, even the MacEntees will struggle to make sense of who they are.

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“I absolutely loved ‘The Long Hot Summer’ — it’s the best book I’ve read all year” Sue Leonard/The Examiner.

“There is a dark and contemplative voice skillfully hidden at the heart of this book….” The Irish Independent.

“Breezy, perceptive, light-footed.” Metro

“The characters are so real that you become part of their lives and tragedies.” Sainsbury’s Magazine

Foreign Editions

‘The Long, Hot Summer’ has now been published in German

Further translations are forthcoming…

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""Kathleen MacMahon is a gifted storyteller, and her new novel is by turns bold, funny, wicked, unflinching, tender, wise – shot through with moments of luminous grace and a haunting revelatory power.""
  • Dawn Tripp
  • Author of 'Georgia'
""...an extraordinary gift and a voice that is entirely her own.""
  • IRISH INDEPENDENT
  • Edel Coffey
""With great wit and humour, Kathleen MacMahon skillfully captures the nuances and complexities of relationships old and new" "
  • Catherine O’Flynn
  • Author
""MacMahon’s prose fizzes from page one, capturing the imagination and holding the reader." "
  • The Express
  • Vanessa Berridge
""Kathleen MacMahon writes with a confidence and ease and with an unerring sense of timing." "
  • Maeve Binchy
  • The Irish Times
"MacMahon is an extraordinarily self-disciplined writer. Her dialogue couldn't appear more naturalistic. Her prose couldn't be tighter; yet it could not appear more effortless or beautiful."
  • Sunday Independent
  • Lorraine Courtney