White Feathers Christmas Gift Post

Stuck wondering what to buy your partner, relative, friend or colleague for Christmas? Want to give them a passionate, gripping WWI story that will prove to be a  “page-turner” and “beautifully written” with “three-dimensional characters”? Check out these three tweets as an example of feedback received about White Feathers. Or read more reviews here.


This ambitious debut novel lulls you into a false sense of security; it is at first an intriguing love story, but when the horrors of the First World War take hold, lives and relationships are brutally torn apart. A love story, yes, but also a great deal more. – Dubray Books Christmas Catalogue

Below are the many ways in which White Feathers can be given as a gift this Christmas. I would like to add an offer: if you are based in the Dublin area and are able to come to the city centre, I can arrange to meet you and sign your gift for the recipient. To arrange this, please contact me via the contact form on this site providing me with an email address and/or phone number with which I can get in touch. Please note that this is only valid until December 20th.

OK here is the list!

  • The book is on Dubray Books Christmas Catalogue which can be ordered by emailing the bookshop. Certain books have voucher discounts on them, which can then be offset against the other books on the catalogue.
  • It’s also on the Easons Christmas Catalogue (not with the cover illustrated!) where you can buy 3 books for 2, handy for Christmas presents!
  • On the O’Brien Press website, all books are on sale at a 12 per cent discount until Friday December 12th (a great historical trio would team White Feathers up with Anyush and the IMPAC-nominated The Rising of Bella Casey, just a personal opinion! Younger members might like Finding A Voice)
  • Gift wrapping is of course available when ordering from Amazon UK, but if you are in the US, you also have the option, with the electronic version, to “give as a gift” (not available from the UK or Ireland, which is a pity) so that they can receive the item on their kindle
  • White Feathers is also being promoted on the Lovereading World War One section, with a prize of a DVD World War One in Colour, narrated by Kenneth Branagh.

So there are all the options. Have a great Christmas if you celebrate!

Dubray Books Rathmines 20th Anniversary Party – Thurs 4 Dec

I’m delighted to announce I will be taking part in this event and reading a brief excerpt from White Feathers. It takes place in Dubray Bookshop in the Swan Centre Rathmines at 6pm until 8pm and refreshments are served. There are some other great authors, such as Joseph O’Connor, author of Star of the Sea, and Ghost Light, The O’Brien Press’s Peter Sirr, and Mary Costello, whose work Academy Street has been recently and deservedly lauded by the Irish Book Awards. Dubray Books are an independent chain who have been very supportive of Irish authors and quality fiction. Come along, you are all very welcome!


I’ll also be down in Cork city and Schull next weekend – for more info, check out my FB page and calendar.

Out and About in Yorkshire!

I was in the north of England last weekend to stay with a friend in York and meet some more friends in Leeds – but of course I could not resist the opportunity to go and make myself known to the lovely booksellers, whom I would like to thank for their charm and kindness at a busy time.

First stop was in Waterstones York, where I went to find the copy there and sign it with a special message. As I did so, I asked the gentleman opposite would he mind taking a picture. Turns out he was only too happy to oblige as he’s a professional photographer! What a piece of luck that was! Martyn Cartledge of aspphotography.net, I apologise for giving you a busman’s holiday and such a rubbish phone to work with! You did good all the same. Continue reading “Out and About in Yorkshire!”

Quick Post

to say that I’ve got a Facebook page now, which contains my calendar of events – handy that!

Follow me here if you like 🙂

Also, thank you everyone who commented or liked my last post “On Restrained and Elegant Prose”. I had wanted to say all that for a long time, but it took a while to get my thoughts together.

Right – back to the work in progress!

Essay – On “Restrained, Elegant Prose”

There’s an old tale often retold in self-help books with Christian roots a la Norman Vincent Peale: an orator recites Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd”, to an audience who listens rapturously to his words and then breaks out into applause when he is finished. After a moment, an old man steps hesitantly up to read the same psalm. The orator is surprised but allows him to continue. Thereupon the old man bends his head and recites the psalm in a quiet, unmarked fashion, but with tears on his cheeks. When he finishes, nobody applauds. This is because the audience are weeping with him.

The orator is naturally confused. Why has this old man moved these people in a way that he cannot? Then he gets it. “The difference between us,” he says to the old man, “is that I know the Psalm, but you – you know the Shepherd.”

I was reminded of this the other week when I read yet another review lavishly praising a novel for its “elegant” and “restrained” prose style. Continue reading “Essay – On “Restrained, Elegant Prose””

Brighton and Eastbourne – And On the BBC!

My trip to England lived up to my expectations in every way. It was wonderful to visit the hinterland of much of the first half of White Feathers – and thanks to Sheila Bugler’s friend Anne-Marie who works at the Eastbourne Herald, I found out that the Links, the name of the school on which I’d based my fictional counterpart, was located just a couple of hundred yards from where I was staying! But I get ahead of myself. First, the interview in Brighton.

It was a dazzling November midday when I got off the train and looked straight down the road where the sun was hitting the sea. It was so bright I couldn’t keep my eyes open looking at it directly. And I was due my interview with BBC Sussex and Surrey. Having never done a live radio interview interview before (or any other sort, now I come to think of it) I was quite nervous, but Alison Ferns, the presenter, was lovely and put me at my ease straightaway.

You can listen to me talk about White Feathers, the history behind the movement, and my own background here, 2hrs 40 minutes in

(this link is relevant for 5 more days I think)

Then I stayed overnight in Eastbourne, meeting up with the lovely Sheila Bugler, author of the DI Ellen Kelly series (the latest, The Waiting Game, is out now in good shops, or on Amazon or O’Brien Press!) and we got a few pics taken with the aforementioned Anne-Marie, who was extremely helpful in finding the original Links school. She’s promised to send me on a picture once she found one.

And then I took a walk out by Beachy Head 🙂

beachy head