9 – Andrea Mara

Genres: Crime | Fiction | Irish Writing | Novel
The cover of Andrea Mara's novel has the title of the novel Hide and Seek in large white letters. The image is of a the underneath of a child's bed and it shows a teddy bear and some toys discarded under the bed.

Welcome to Day 9 of our 2022 West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Andrea Mara.


Andrea Mara is a Sunday Times and Irish Times Top Ten bestselling author, who has been shortlisted for a number of awards, including Irish Crime Novel of the Year at the An Post Book Awards in 2021 and 2018. Her novel, All Her Fault, was Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month, a top ten bestseller in the UK and in Ireland, and a Kindle Top 5 bestseller. It has sold over 100,000 copies. Her most recent book, Hide And Seek, charted in the Irish Times bestseller list for five weeks. She grew up in Cork and now lives in Dublin with her husband and three children, and also runs multi-award-winning parent and lifestyle blog, OfficeMum.ie.


Andrea is reading an extract from Hide and Seek which was published by Bantam / Transworld in August 2022. Today’s video unlocked on 9th 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.


Arts Council - funding literature
Fáilte Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way
CCC Library & Arts Service
Cork County Council
Pure Cork
Creative Places West Cork Islands
RTÉ Supporting The Arts
Maritime Hotel