I am delighted to announce that my well-received novel The Avenue is now on audio narrated by Isaac P Miller, available on Audible and itunes. Listen to a free sample or purchase at

Book description:
A scantily-dressed girl dancing in a lighted window jolts Francis Copeland from his world of books. Francis, now approaching middleage, whose life and marriage are in a rut, fantasises about the girl and finds it hard to accept, as he discovers later, that she is Judy, a dancer in the local pub. The hidden world of the avenue unfolds to Francis. Who is Myrtle, his wife? (Does she genuinely go to bingo every Tuesday night?). He does not know her. Who are the real parents of the street kid Freddy? Who was the neighbour whose car killed Francis’ mother when Francis was twelve years old? Raw suburban truths are exposed as Francis, with the help of the local children, slowly unravels the secrets of the avenue.
‘A work of passion and truth, which captures a moment of painful transition in the national story. If a multicultural England has drawn a map of itself in Brick Lane, so has a postmodern Ireland traced its past and present in The Avenue. James Lawless has revealed with indignation and art, yet another hidden Ireland beyond the imaginings of our ancestors.’
Declan Kiberd. Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature, University College Dublin.
‘James Lawless has a mighty thoughtful and penetrating capacity to make you gasp and rage and then burst out laughing: wheels within wheels, circles within circles, this book is very good.’
Jennifer Johnston, writer.
New to audible, join through this link: I have a limited number of promo codes which will entitle you to the audio free in return for a rating or review. Just email me at
The Avenue is also available in paperback and kindle at or and for other ebook devices at You will also find it on Amazon translated into Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese.


Author: James Lawless

Irish novelist, poet and short story writer.

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