“An Irish writer who knows the world.”

Irish Times





Denyse Woods’ sixth novel, Of Sea and Sand, is published by Hoopoe Fiction (American University of Cairo Press) in 2018. Set against the stunning landscapes of Oman, the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland, and war-time Baghdad, this is a story of remorse, exile, love and the unseen.

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

“A fascinating and atmospheric read.” The Examiner

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

“… a cracking good story, and the writing is a treat, crisp and precise, warm and witty, with a gift for unpredictable metaphors and similes so strong that one of my notes reads ‘She writes like a jinn.’” Alannah Hopkin






Denyse’s other novels include the critically-acclaimed Overnight to Innsbruck and bestseller The Catalpa Tree. Her books have been translated into six languages.

In 2016, as the winner of the Florida Keys Flash Fiction Award, Denyse spent two weeks writing in Ernest Hemingway’s studio in Key West – the first author to do so since Hemingway himself. She has also been awarded residencies by the Shanghai Writers’ Association (with Munster Literature Centre); the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, and Zvona i Nari, Liznjan, Croatia. She is the recipient of an Arts Council of Ireland Literature Bursary and other grants. Denyse was Writer in Residence 2017 at Cork County Council’s Library & Arts Service. She is the former Artistic Director of the West Cork Literary Festival.

Born in Boston, Denyse had a peripatetic childhood. Moving from one country to another gave her a lifelong habit, and love, of writing letters, which proved an excellent apprenticeship for a novelist.

 “A real treat … I read it in one setting, holding my breath, such is Woods’ skill in building up tension.”

SPECTATOR  Overnight to Innsbruck

“Devlin shares Anne Tyler’s knack [with] imagery that feels effortless and familiar and wondrously vivid all at once.”

IMAGE Magazine The Catalpa Tree

‘”Evocative, painful, beautiful and haunting. Truly an extraordinary novel.”

Evening Herald The Catalpa Tree