Photograph of author Denyse Woods signing copies of her book Of Sea and Sand

“An Irish writer who knows the world.”
Irish Times

“My books always start with a tableau,” she says.
“I can see a scene and a setting and see what is going on.”
I make myself step out of the room to ask myself, ‘who is that?
What’s he doing and why is that happening?’.

 

A love letter to trains, travel and Australia, Indian Pacific and other travels (2020) is a short collection of travel pieces. The title story has been republished to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Indian Pacific in 2020.

Photograph of Australian train at sunset

“The poetry of place and place names. The spot-on dialogue. The fascinating anatomising of feelings. Despite the Australian setting, Indian Pacific is equally – perhaps more – about Ireland.”
Tim Mackintosh-Smith

“The continual motion forward, the enjoyment of each halt, and the faded intensity of a friendship that may have run its course, as the silences between two women drizzle into the immensity of the Australian landscape.”
Anjali Joseph

Denyse Woods’ sixth novel, Of Sea and Sand (Hoopoe Fiction) set against the stunning landscapes of Oman, the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland, and war-time Baghdad, is a story of remorse, exile, love and the unseen.

Photograph of cover of book Of Sea and Sand by Denyse Woods

“Supernaturally good. It is an engaging, unusual, and thought-provoking book.” Irish Times

“… a mind-bending journey in which reality and fantasy get intertwined.” Gulf News

“… a cracking good story, and the writing is a treat, crisp, warm and witty, with a gift for unpredictable metaphors and similes … She writes like a jinn.” Alannah Hopkin

Photograph of bookshelf filled with books by Denyse Woods