Launch of To Shape The Dark 1st May


Hello all, here is where I make a foray into the world of science fiction! Pleased to announce that To Shape The Dark, an anthology of feminist science fiction compiled and edited by Athena Andreadis and featuring my Chekhovesque (well I can only hope!) story “Ward 7”, is being welcomed to the world on 1st May.

It’s already been very warmly reviewed by Analog SF and given its predecessor, The Other Half of the Sky, has done very well, I’d love to create awareness of it in Ireland. If any sci-fi periodicals or book bloggers of any genre (particularly those I’ve interacted with before) would be interested in reviewing the anthology, please drop me a line via the contact form and I will pass your enquiry on.

Many thanks – and if you are interested in having a read yourself, it’s on Goodreads too.

Thanks Australia and NZ: White Feathers Ranking High

I’m not sure how I stumbled on this but I noticed that White Feathers is currently ranking very highly in the Kindle Historical Fiction section on Amazon Australia, coming in at 140. I suspect it’s because the digital list price has been reduced by AUS$11 🙂


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But…it’s also worth reflecting that in WWI the Australians and New Zealanders sent out more fighting men as a percentage of their forces than any other nation of the then Empire – and lost huge numbers of them in fruitless, almost spitefully stupid campaigns and that anger about the war remains and is felt strongly around Anzac day. White Feathers does not shy away from unabashed anger in places and perhaps that is something that strikes a chord.

Whatever the reason, I’m very grateful for the interest, and many thanks to Australian and NZ readers. I hope the story moves you, and do feel free to drop a comment here if you wish.

White Feathers Available on Kindle UK for ÂŁ1


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(In euros that is €1.30 – half the price of a cappuccino in Cafe Nero down the docks.)

I’m very excited to see White Feathers available at such a massive discount on Amazon UK and do hope that will encourage anyone who adores sweeping, epic narrative and seeks stories of passion, history and war to have a look!

Did I mention it was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2015? Well, I’ll mention it again 🙂

Here are lots of people who are not me saying it’s a compelling read.

Eva Downey jumps at the chance to attend finishing school, especially as she is about to be pushed into marriage by her overbearing stepmother. At the school she finds kinship, and, unexpectedly, love. But when war breaks out in 1914, her family are pushing her into giving the man she loves a white feather of cowardice, because he refuses to enlist. Eva’s decision will have devastating consequences for her – and everyone around her.What do you do when forced to make an impossible choice?

Event: Visit to New Ross Library 23 Feb

I’m delighted to announce that at the invitation of Trish Keenan from New Ross Library I will be giving an open talk there at 7pm on Tuesday 23rd February. Anyone in the New Ross area who is interested in finding out more about how I write my novel(s) and would like some inspiration for their own work is very welcome to attend. There will be a bit of mild workshopping, nothing too deep but enough to whet the appetite.

The New Ross library site is here – this link goes to their Facebook. I will add the event time into my author facebook page this evening.

Interesting to note that my work came to Ms Keenan’s attention through a review of White Feathers in Bookseller Magazine last winter, which I am currently working on sourcing so I can proudly quote from it!

An Interview with “White Feathers” Author, Susan Lanigan

Another great interview – this time on the 100 Great War Reads blog! The review is here (and linked to in the entry)

Thanks to Tamra at Great War 100 Reads for inviting me for interview – I had fun!

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Susan Lanigan’s debut novel, White Feathers, tackles tough issues through the lens of the early 20th century that we still struggle with today … issues like bullying, mental illness, the fallout of war and the impact of stigma. I am pleased to welcome Susan to Great War 100 Reads today to share some reflections about her work.

Why did you write this book?

Susan Lanigan: At first it was simply because I was interested in World War One. Recently I unearthed the essay I’d written for my final history exam in secondary school. It was about the Battle of Verdun and “bleeding the French white”. I’d read about it in a book called Our Own Worst Enemy by Norman Dixon written back in the Eighties and it had fascinated me.

I’d been working on a short story on the theme of the white feather, including references to Bloomsbury…

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White Feathers by Susan Lanigan – Book Review

“More than anything else they were trying to plain survive…”

Bharti C is a book blogger based in Pune, India. She kindly agreed to review White Feathers and her thoughts are below. Do visit her book blog at!

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For those who have read the previous reviews on my blog, you know that I enjoy reading historical fiction. So when Susan Lanigan, the author of this great WWI story sent me a review copy I was a happy bird. It is a commendable debut and if I didn’t know it was a debut I would have easily imagined the author to be a seasoned writer. Now, I have read about WW2 fiction mostly and have missed reading about the beginning of the World Wars and how people at the time reacted to it. This story covers that well. Read on for my thoughts.


Title: White Feathers
Author: Susan Lanigan
Publisher: Brandon [The O’Brien Press Ltd. Ireland]
Published: August 2014
Format reviewed: Paperback
Rating: 4 stars


Two lives in danger – her lover’s and her sister’s. But she must choose only one. In 1913, young…

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