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Deirdre Sullivan

Deirdre Sullivan

  • 5 stars across 13 books

Deirdre Sullivan is from Galway and is now living in Dublin, where she works as a teacher.

Her hugely acclaimed Tangleweed and Brine , a collection of feminist retellings of classic fairytales, won the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Award in 2018 and Young Adult Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2017. Previously, her novel Needlework had won the Honour Award for Fiction at the Children's Books Ireland Awards in 2017.

Sullivan's Primrose Leary series was also widely praised; two of the Prim books were shortlisted for the Children's Books Ireland Awards; and the final one, Primperfect , was also shortlisted for the European Prize for Literature.

30th May 2019

Perfectly Preventable Deaths

'Sullivan has an eye for the uncanny, a taste for the macabre, and a gift for beautiful prose. Perfectly Preventable Dea... MorePerfectly Preventable Deaths

(3 reviews) Review
1st October 2020

Savage Her Reply – KPMG–CBI Book of the Year 2021

A dark, feminist retelling of The Children of Lir by the author of the multi-award-winning Tangleweed and Brine ‘No-on... MoreSavage Her Reply – KPMG–CBI Book of the Year 2021

(1 review) Review
25th February 2016


A powerful and poetic novel from the multi-award-winning author of Tangleweed and Brine Ces longs to be a tattoo artist... MoreNeedlework

(0 reviews) Review
30th March 2010

Prim Improper

The first book in the Primrose Leary trilogy from the multi-awarding author of Tangleweed and Brine. Primrose Leary has... MorePrim Improper

(0 reviews) Review
28th February 2013

Improper Order

The second installment of the Primrose Leary trilogy from the multi-awarding author of Tangleweed and Brine. It’s all m... MoreImproper Order

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18th June 2014


‘I loved this book. It’s funny and touching and smart and sharp. Buy it!’ — Louise O’Neill, author of Asking for It and ... MorePrimperfect

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21st July 2016

Ming Goes to School

“This beautiful tale with gentle illustrations is an ode to the milestone of attending school for the first time and all... MoreMing Goes to School

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7th September 2017

Tangleweed and Brine

A collection of thirteen dark, feminist retellings of traditional fairytales from one of Ireland's leading writers for y... MoreTangleweed and Brine

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28th September 2017

Ming and Her Poppy

The stunning companion story to Ming Goes to School. Ming and Poppy’s journey takes them over sidewalk cracks and dancin... MoreMing and Her Poppy

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30th September 2021

Precious Catastrophe (Perfectly Preventable Deaths 2)

The utterly compelling and darkly magical sequel to award-winning author Deirdre Sullivan's PERFECTLY PREVENTABLE DEATHS... MorePrecious Catastrophe (Perfectly Preventable Deaths 2)

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