Synopsis for Girls’ Night In:
Girls’ Night In is an Australian short-story compilation series written mainly by female novelists, with all proceeds from the sale of the books going to charities War Child and No Strings. The conception of the series was the brainchild of novelists Jessica Adams, Chris Manby, Freya North and Fiona Walker.
The first book in the series, Girls Night In, was launched in London in June 2000 and subsequently in Australia in October 2000, with writers including Maggie Alderson, Wendy Holden, Lisa Jewell, Marian Keyes, Kathy Lette, Alecia McKenzie and Freya North. Later that year, sufficient funds had been raised and War Child built the first Girls’ Night In safe play area in the Dardania neighbourhood of Pristina, the capital of Kosovo.
Girls’ Night In,Girls’ Night In 2: Gentlemen by Invitation and Big Night In collectively raised over $A2.5 million for War Child, with over 940,000 books being sold worldwide.
Synopsis for Irish Girls About Town:
New York Times bestselling authors Maeve Binchy and Marian Keyes top an impressive roster of the Emerald Isle’s most popular women writers and prove that when it comes to spinning a good yarn, the Irish are the best in the business. Showcasing dazzling wit and remarkable insight in short stories that run the gamut from provocative to poignant, these Irish women will tug at your heartstrings and have you crying with laughter in no time. In Maeve Binchy’s “Carissima,” a longtime ex-pat and free spirit returns to Ireland from Sicily and shakes things up for her family, who finds her life utterly scandalous.
In “Soulmates,” by Marian Keyes, one woman’s relationship is so bleedin’ perfect in every way that it’s driving her friends up the wall. In Cathy Kelly’s “Thelma, Louise and the Lurve Gods,” two women on a madcap, Stateside road trip have completely opposite reactions to a pair of insanely good-looking men. In these stories, and throughout this fabulous collection, Ireland’s finest women authors celebrate the joys and perils of love, the adventure and constancy of female friendships, and their own irresistible brand of Irish charm.