New Novel: The Spanish Au Pair

My new novel The Spanish Au Pair is about how an au pair contributes to the fall of a publicly revered police inspector.

While many of us hear of the exploits of the Irish diaspora in far flung fields, I wondered about the other side of the coin? What is it like for a foreigner to come to live and work in Ireland, the land of a hundred thousand welcomes? One such person was Mariana Rivas who came to Ireland to work as an au pair.

The prompt for the novel is topical with recent media coverage on the exploitation of au pairs, particularly as cheap substitutes for prohibitively expensive crèches.

This work is a contemporary, literary thriller about a Spanish au pair who becomes embroiled in the strange goings on of a Dublin family, tyrannically ruled by a predatory but outwardly respected garda inspector, Fionn Mac Convery.

When Mariana Rivas arrives from Spain to work as an au pair in the Dublin home of the Mac Converys, Garda Inspector Fionn Mac Convery tries to seduce her. In the course of avoiding Fionn, Mariana experiences the mean streets of Dublin city and meets some of the characters who in his ambitious rise in the police force have been damaged by him. There are suspicious links with Mac Convery and the murder of the father of the taxi driver Sam Sinclair whom Mariana befriends; and perhaps equally tragically is Mac Convery’s hand in the death of the homeless Tina whom he was supplying with stolen cocaine in return for sex. These connections begin to cohere as Mariana, together with Mac Convery’s maligned wife and a vengeful Sam, set out to find justice.

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The Spanish Au Pair is published by KDP in hardcover, paperback and ebook at or
Also in local bookshops including the award-winning best Leinster bookop in Maynooth and Bantry bookshop and libraries, and is in the process of audio creation.


Author: James Lawless

Irish novelist, poet and short story writer.

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