3 – Sara O’Donovan

Genres: Debut | Fiction | Irish Writing | Novel
Sara O'Donovan's book cover depicts a silhouette of a couple walking away together. They are both holding their shoes as if coming off a beach and they are walking towards a highrise building at sunset

Welcome to Day 3 of our 2022 West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Sara O’Donovan.


Sara O’Donovan spent her early years in England, brought up in the worlds of horse racing and show jumping. She moved to Ireland in her late 20s and now lives in County Cork with her husband and young family. A former equestrian journalist, she now manages the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry. Within You, Without You is her debut novel.


Sara is reading an extract from Within You, Without You which was published by Valley Press in November 2022. Today’s video unlocked on 3rd December 2022 and may be viewed below. Closed caption subtitles are available and may be turned on or off. Press the play button or click “Watch on Youtube” to watch it in full screen.

About our WCLF Literary Advent Calendar

2022 was another wonderful year for Irish writing and so many incredible books by Irish authors and authors living in Ireland were released this year. We’re delighted to bring you a small selection of these authors and we’ve invited twenty-four writers to submit a short video reading from their new books. Our selection is an attempt to show the wide range of Irish writing and in particular to focus on writers whose books we feel deserve more attention and those who were not previously featured in WCLF 2022 events. We hope that you will enjoy the chance to hear these writers reading their own work and to discover some new books for your reading piles.

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