Foras na Gaeilge Irish Language Fiction Book of the Year Award

Shortlist 2023

Sa Pholl Báite

Sa Pholl Báite

By Anna Heussaff

Emer Ní Ghríofa has disappeared without a trace. Garda Réamonn Seoighe finds her body in a lonely corner on the banks of the Liffey. Her son, Dan, is devastated by her death, but why is he reluctant to talk to the guards? 

Colmán Ó Gríofa is in his holiday home on the Béarra peninsula that same weekend, separated from Emer but always faithful to her. His neighbour Aoife Nic Diarmada supports him as she becomes involved in the case. 

Together with the authorities, they sift through a mosaic of substantial clues and fabricated evidence. The night witnesses a covert surveillance operation as time inches relentlessly forward. Will the perpetrator be unveiled before another life is claimed?


About Anna Heussaff...

Anna Heussaff is a novelist writing for adults and for young readers. Bás Tobann (Cois Life, 2004), Buille Marfach (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2010) and Scáil an Phríosúin (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2015) are contemporary crime novels; Vortex (Cois Life, 2006) and Hóng (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2012) are adventure mysteries; and Cúpla Focal (Cois Life, 2007) is a quirky love story for adult learners of Irish. All six received major awards at Comórtais Liteartha an Oireachtais; and in 2013 Hóng received the Judges’ Special Award from Children’s Books Ireland. Deadly Intent (Severn House, 2014) is the author’s own translation of Buille Marfach, under her pen name Anna Sweeney. She also translated three reference books for young readers from English for Futa Fata and Dorling Kindersley: Seo í mo Scoil, Leabhar Mór na hEalaíne and Leabhar Mór an Cheoil.


She was appointed Writer-in-Residence in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, for 2016. From 1985–2002, she was a radio researcher and television producer/director with RTÉ, and she broadcasts on current affairs and literary issues from time to time. She lives in Dublin.

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