Happiness Comes from Nowhere (Ward Wood: London, 2012)

Cover of Happiness Comes from Nowhere

“A  refreshingly thoughtful  novel,  poised and unpredictable. Delicious in its sensuous details and mischievous sense of humour.” Éilís Ní Dhuibhne

This novel follows the lives of the Horn family. We see them through relations, friends, and acquaintances whose paths cross and intertwine as journeys are made through Dublin parks, pubs, hotels and parties.

Shauna reads from Happiness Comes from Nowhere in Kenny’s Bookshop, Galway

A Selection of Press Reviews of Happiness Comes from Nowhere

  • Barbara Clinton ‘…a journey of discovery in this thoroughly enjoyable and refreshingly challenging debut novel.’ in The Sunday Independent
  • Sheenagh Pugh in The Guardian and a review on her blog 
  • ‘Fresh and original…Shauna Gilligan is a name to watch.’ The Irish Examiner
  • ‘Gilligan’s writing has something of the sensitivity and resonant sadness of William Trevor at his best’ Ryan Licata
  • Maria C McCarthy selects Happiness Comes from Nowhere as one of her books of 2012 in The Guardian
  • Other reviews include The Colverstone Review (issue 1, review by Ryan Licata) and Quench Cardiff’s fortnightly student magazine