Torn Asunder and the Pandemic

In 1918 the influenza pandemic (also known as the Spanish Influenza) affected every part of the globe. Reports vary as to its mortality rate, ranging between 17 million and 50 million. It affected 500 million people around the world.[1] As an author of Historical Fiction, it’s necessary to make mention of this world event when […]

The Coffee Pot Book Club Review

“Ireland should belong to the Irish.” Was that such a difficult concept to understand? It seemed rather simple to the men in the Ryan family. Emmet Ryan was determined to follow in the footsteps of his father and his elder brothers and join the Fingal Volunteers despite what his mother might say on the subject. […]

Voyages of the Mind

Going out for a meal is a wonderful treat. Often, we choose something from the menu that we wouldn’t otherwise have, using the experience to explore foods from other cultures and so, in a way, we enjoy a short visit to another place through the tastes, aromas and colours of those exotic lands. Going out […]

Book Launch!

I’d love to have you join me for the launch of my new book: Torn Asunder. Torn Asunder – a story about a conflicted man; opening in 1916 and set during one of Ireland’s most turbulent eras. When: 8 February 2020 (3pm to 5 pm) Where: P.J. O’Brien Irish Pub & Restaurant, 39 Colborne St. […]

Ripples On The Water

One of my favourite books is Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. In a nutshell, set in London after World War 1, the main character, Clarissa Dalloway sees her job as creating connections between people and to that end the story focuses on a party she is throwing. During her preparations for the party, Mrs. Dalloway’s mind […]