A Few Lovely Reviews

Just going to pop in to collate some lovely reviews received for White Feathers

First up, here is a beauty from Margaret at the Bleach House Library blog. I’m delighted to get such a great write-up on this site, as she is a very prominent Irish book blogger and will be including White Feathers on her top 10 books for 2014, which makes me feel very proud!

A little quote:

Written in delicate prose, in the style of the period, the first thing that appealed to me when turning the opening pages, was the fluidity of the words. They slipped across the page, like a satin scarf slipping off the back of a chair. Gliding, without any apparent effort, taking the reader along their journey. This elegance didn’t fade once throughout the novel. Each chapter, each character and each sub-story, all had this unique feel. I felt like I was discovering some forgotten antiques at an old house auction, that could now be appreciated by a lover of stories.

(And yes, I am aware of the irony  🙂 )


This book has a bit of everything. The most powerful thing it does possess; soul. Good, old-fashioned, soul. Beautifully crafted, immaculately researched and lovingly produced. Place this novel on your best piece of furniture, as it deserves to be displayed prominently, and admired regularly.

Awww, I nearly want to cry!

Lisa Redmond, book blogger and seller at Waterstones Drogheda, also had praise for the book, calling it “a wonderful novel of love, war, family and duty and for me…one of the outstanding debuts of the year.” Shortly afterwards I had a very cheerful morning in Waterstones Drogheda with Lisa at the helm and a pile of books and through blunt persistence managed to get every copy of the book sold. Result 🙂

Then a review from the Connaught Telegraph which I attach as a PDF which was generally very favourable to the book also. Thank you Darina Molloy, for the review. I understand Darina is also a county librarian in Mayo and you always want to get the librarians on side 🙂

ConnaughtTelegraph25Nov2014 copy

Thank for your faith and belief, and hopefully this will encourage people to try a copy of their own!


Bist Du Bei Mir

A lot of my recent posts have been all about the book, the book, the book…I’ve barely had time to stop and reflect. I’ve managed to flee Christmas, a season I’ve never particularly liked, by signing books here, posting advertisements there. I’ve been in full on battle mode. But today is a change of pace, because ten years ago to the day, something very important and significant happened and I’d be remiss not to recall it.

I was working a low-end job, earning little, writing less, adrift. I didn’t understand people. I didn’t understand how to be around them. I thought being myself was insufficient, and people picked up on that sense of insufficiency and drifted off. I had no sense of direction and little purpose. I knew I wanted to write, was told I had talent, but was so easily distracted. I felt as if I occupied space rather than anything more positive. As a person, I was lost and unhappy.

Then, on a rainy night in Galway not unlike this one, waiting for a party somewhere else, I wandered into the pub everyone wanders into and someone was sitting at a table reading a book called Thirty-Three Moments of Happiness and I fell into conversation with them – and just like that, without my knowing it, my life changed forever.

That I found my place in my society, that I stood up and no longer apologised for the space I inhabit, that I was essentially redeemed and loved – able to cash it all and start again – I owe to this fateful meeting and the time afterwards. I will never forget that. So, as a note of joyous gratitude, and a nod to the season that’s in it – and to the oul’ truce – here’s a beautiful song from one of my favourite First World War films, Joyeux Noel. Have a good one, everyone.



Readings in Dubray Rathmines, Whyte’s in Schull

Last week was rather hectic, but in a good way. I was invited to read at the Dubray 20th Anniversary party in their shop in Rathmines, which I had often browsed a decade or more earlier when I lived in the area so I had many happy memories. Dubray MD Maria Dickenson interviewed several authors, including yours truly, and MC’ed proceedings very well. Nibbles were provided, as well as alcohol (always a good idea when you have an [insert collective noun here] of authors 🙂 And look!

large poster of White Feathers on display!

isn’t that lovely 🙂
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