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Dublin One City One Book 2020

Each year Dublin One City One Book Festival celebrates a book connected with Dublin. This year we are encouraging people to read Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey. The book is set in 1960s and 1970s Dublin and is a devastating yet hilarious depiction of a troubled family told in the vibrant, charismatic voice of the little girl lost within in. With brutal honesty, Tatty tells the story of her beloved but feckless dad, her tormented mam and her five siblings, including her sister with special needs. First published in 2004, Tatty became a bestseller  and is a modern masterpiece that is tragic, funny and utterly unsentimental.

Dublin One City One Book is a Dublin City Council initiative, organised by the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature office. 

Details about the reading initiative, including interviews with Christine at

The first chapter is available to read for free

You can read Dermot Bolger’s introduction to the new edition of Tatty

Our City of Books podcast series, produced and presented by Martina Devlin, features interviews with Christine Dwyer Hickey along with Alison Lyons, Director of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, about the festival and Sinead Gleeson on why Tatty is such a brilliant read.

Seána Kerslake is one of Ireland’s most uniquely talented young actors and we’re delighted to call her a friend of the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature office. Treat yourself to 4 wonderful rendering of the voice of Tatty in these special videos Seána has made for fans of the book.

It is with regret that we inform you of the postponement of all the Dublin One City One Book events, scheduled in April, due to the covid-19 situation.

It is hoped that some events will be rescheduled later in the year so please watch out for further updates. Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to be kept informed.

In the meantime, enjoy reading “Tatty”, taking pleasure in the joy of a good book.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our City of Literature events in the not too distant future.



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