Emily Hourican



The Blamed

published In jUNE 2018


Part psychological thriller, part literary family drama, part sun-soaked nostalgic noir and a must-read for this summer”
- The Sunday Independent

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White Villa

Published in August 2017


“The Privileged was a compelling, cleverly-constructed page-turner… White Villa is every bit as good, with such well-drawn characters you just have to find out what happens to them… the perfect holiday read.”
- The Gloss
“A gripping, page-turner about an incident that tears friends apart.”
- Irish Country Magazine
“Hourican displays an acute insight into women who consider themselves better than other women, and men who use them for any gain; a litany of jealousy, suspicion and underhand competition marks this novel as a psychological review of pathological characters.”
- The Sunday Independent
“Currently reading White Villa by @EmilyH71 and it's reminding me what a pleasure that well written, thoughtful commercial fiction can be.”
- Louise O’Neill, Twitter

4.6 stars on Good Reads

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The Privileged

Published in 2016 


"Beautifully constructed and elegantly told"
- Liz Loves Books (Read the full review here)
“A cross between Jilly Cooper and Jane Austen...”
- The Sunday Independent (Read the full interview with Emily here)
“It's so good, I couldn't put it down”
- Louise O’Neill
"Hourican has managed to breathe new life ... with a new atmospheric tone; one that registers close to that of Maggie O'Farrell or Louise O'Neill... As with most great writing, The Privileged packs plenty of truth and social commentary beneath its story"
- The Irish Independent (Read the full review here)

"The Privileged is a character-driven drama in the vein of Maeve Binchy, a Circle of Friends for the 21st century"
- The Irish Times (Read the full review here)

"It is ultimately a story of survival and redemption - but not without the learning that only experience can deliver"
The Sunday Independent (Read the full review here)

"You won't be able to put it down"
Stella Magazine

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How to (Really) be a Mother

Published in 2013


"I have read innumerable other books trying to do the same job but this is really excellent: well done! A splendid book. If I get a chance to recommend it I shall take that chance..."
- Oliver James, psychologist and author of They F*** You Up and Affluenza.
"How To Really Be A Mother is hilarious. I identified with a lot. Wish you'd written it 14 years ago!"
- Rachel Allen, chef, author, mother of three
"A refreshingly honest book which gives an insight into the truth about real motherhood. This book is a must-read for those who want to have a better understanding of the obstacles that mothers face today."
- The Irish Independent, Reader's Corner

"An honest account of being a mother, and a rejection of the kinds of endless pressures that mother's find themselves subject to these days. A funny, witty and relatable must-read."
- Mums and Tots magazine

“Motherhood is a lifetime contract; this book will start you on the road.”
The Sunday Independent (Read the full review here)

“Emily Hourican is frighteningly honest about motherhood in her hilarious new book How to (Really) Be a Mother. Hourican approaches the very touchy subject of parenting with a humorous angle and mums will be able to relate to a lot of what is written.”
- ★★★★★
5/5 review at Mummy Pages! (Read the full review here)

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