Tugboat Stories Literary Fiction
Tugboat Stories is a suite of linked stories based on the author’s career as a seaman and owner/operator of tugboats working in New York Harbor from 1971 to 1998. The work comprises both a portrayal of the socially complex and deeply traditional world of the harbor community and the narrator’s progress within that world from rank beginner to seasoned professional.
Within the context of this loose narrative trajectory the author provides a first-hand experience of a unique life − physically demanding, sometimes comic, sometimes crude, often lonely, and, at its core, spiritually compelling.
At the time the author entered the New York harbor scene, the tugboat business was still under the sway of 19th century values and practice. Binding agreements were forged by word of mouth. Skill was assessed within the community at large rather than by governmental process, and individuality − to the point of eccentricity – was easily accepted so long as the over-arching criteria of honesty and skill were met. The harbor was still a place where independence found equal place with self discipline and excellence.
In a deeper context still, the harbor and its people at that time shared an ancestry with the very roots of American literature. The Lower Manhattan shoreline where the narrator’s boat is tied is the same as that trod by Ishmael in the opening paragraphs of Moby Dick, the river in front is the same as in Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”. The looming Brooklyn Bridge and the harbor dawn are the same as beheld by Hart Crane. The narrator walks in the footprints of the creators of “On the Waterfront” and learns many of the same skills and disciplines as did Mark Twain in Life on the Mississippi.
Tugboat Stories is a modern day Life on the Mississippi, exploring one of the core themes of a uniquely American experience − life on the river − written by one who has lived it in one of the great harbors of the world.
George Matteson lives in NYC and on the coast of Maine with his wife Adele Ursone, a painter, and their daughter, a student. He worked in and around NY Harbor and the Northeastern coast and inland waterways from 1971 to 1999, including running his own tugboat, the Spuyten Duyvil, for 13 years. For some of those years he not only worked but also lived on the water.
He is the author of The Christmas Tugboat, a children’s book from Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin, published in 2012, Tugboats of New York: an Illustrated History, New York University Press, 2005 and Draggerman: Fishing on George’s Bank, Scholastic/Four Winds Press, 1979. He has contributed various marine, fisheries, and marine historical articles to Boating Magazine (1977-79), National Fisherman (1977-79), and South Street Seaport Museum/SEAPORT (1983-85). He is also an accomplished poet, with an anthology That Miraculous Land & Other Poems, East River Press, 1982, and contributions to many poetry journals. He curated an exhibition, As Tugs Go By: a History of the Towing Industry in New York Harbor, at the John Noble Maritime Collection, Sailors’ Snug Harbor, in Staten Island, New York in March, 2008.
Author’s Home: New York City World Rights
The Friday Tree Literary Fiction
“Come, we will go forth together into the wide world”
Grimms' Household Tales: “Brother and Sister”
In the summer of 1955, Belfast is a quiet, apparently peaceful backwater, relieved to have survived a world war. Suez is a distant rumble, and the Hungarian revolution has not yet taken place. In Northern Ireland, however, although the eruption of 1969 is still fourteen years away, all the seeds of that conflict have been sown. An IRA border campaign, designed to cause maximum disruption to Northern Ireland’s economy, is about to begin in earnest, and there is an uneasy, palpable tension in the air. A “hot Twelfth”, with contentious Orange marches celebrating Protestant King William’s victory over Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, disrupts the summer days. Special Branch in London find a cache of guns and a search begins for IRA men at the British ports and in Belfast itself. A school reading book is banned because its illustrationscontravene the Flags and Emblems Act, proscribing the use of the Irish tricolour.
Yet, for most people, life seems ordered and calm. Trolley buses, not yet replaced by the new petrol buses, still run to the city centre in a leisurely way through sparse traffic, and lamplighters go about at night. In this sleepy, pleasant world, Brigid Arthur, who is six, and her brother Francis, ten, live right at the edge of the town, almost in the countryside, in a small middle-class suburb called Andersonstown, at the very top of the Falls Road. It is an ordered life within a close circle of family and friends, two of whom, the eight-year-old Harry Silver and their father's friend, Cornelius Todd, become for Brigid and Francis important, and even dangerous conduits to the outside world. Harry's father works for the government; Todd is known to have been politically active in the old IRA.
In the course of one year the children come to terms not only with great changes in their personal lives but also with the undercurrent of political and sectarian bitterness in Northern Ireland. They find out who, even within their small circle, are their friends and who are not through a series of unpredictable events and revelations, some magical, others painful, and they learn that it is almost impossible to remain untouched by politics in Northern Ireland. By the end of the novel, young though they are, Brigid and Francis know what it is they have to do, separately and together when, like the “Brother and Sister” of Grimms' Tale, they “go forth together into the wide world”.
Beautifully written, with a keen eye for character and detail, and evocative of asimpler time, the writing in Sophia Hillan’s novel is reminiscent of the era it portrays in the care with which each sentence is constructed, each word chosen. Yet the end result is seamless and lyrical, and makes for a quietly compelling read.
Sophia Hillan, former Assistant Director of Queen’s University Belfast’s Institute of Irish Studies, has published and lectured widely on Irish literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is also a writer of fiction, beginning under the encouragement of Irish Literary Editor David Marcus, who awarded her a prize at Listowel Writer’s Week in 1980, publishing her early work first in New Irish Writing, and later in The Faber Book of Best New Irish Short Stories, 2004-5, and then urging her to write the novel which became The Friday Tree. As its first reader, he described her writing as “an absolute beauty” adding “Brigid and Francis will captivate the reader… I feel honoured to have been allowed to see the coming of an exciting novel.” Sophia Hillan was runner-up to John Arden in the Royal Society of Literature's first V.S. Pritchett Memorial Award Competition (1999) and her short story, Roses, was featured as part of BBC Radio 4’s Defining Moments series. Her most recent work (non-fiction) is May, Lou and Cass: Jane Austen’s Nieces in Ireland. (Blackstaff Press, 2011).
Author’s Home: Belfast World Rights
Purblind General Fiction/Mystery
June 1963. Crawford Earley, an ambitious young reporter, has been sent by his Boston newspaper to cover the visit to Ireland of President John F Kennedy.
In a small town in County Wexford, where Kennedy is scheduled to visit, Earley uncovers a different and more compelling story, about the unsolved murder of a young disabled boy the previous year. His investigation triggers a spate of poison pen letters that threaten to tear the town apart. Undeterred, Earley is determined to find the truth. As he continues his search, he finds himself falling in love with Aisling Gunn, the mother of the young victim. But when he names the person he believes to be the author of the letters, a factory owner in the town who himself lives a secret life, it leads to further tragedy.
Running parallel to the main narrative is the behind-the-scenes story of JFK’s visit to Ireland, and the hero worship that he enjoys to this day among the older generation in Ireland. The triumph of public image over truth is a parable for our own times.
The second section of the book moves to the year 2010, and looks back on the events of 1963 through the eyes of the main characters, as well as others whose lives have been touched by history, such as Earley’s son, who is serving in Iraq.
Earley is now living in retirement near Boston. Aisling Gunn is now in a care home suffering from the early effects of dementia. Her husband harbours a resentment that has intensified rather than diminished over five decades. And the writer of the poison pen letters, who is unmasked, still has a final secret to reveal.
So when Crawford Earley returns to the town to try to put right his mistakes, it triggers a showdown that draws out most of the truth about what happened in 1963.
This is a story of love and death, truth and lies. It is also an account of how ordinary mortals have to answer for their errors while great men are protected by the shield of office.
The last section of the book takes us back to the early 1960s, where we find another truth unknown to Earley, and finally discover the identity of the killer.
Reminiscent of great mystery such as Thomas H Cook in its carefully plotted story line and fine character studies, Purblind is much more than a mystery novel. It transcends the genre and is an accomplished debut by a writer who is one to watch.
Mike Philpott began working in newspapers in 1977 with the Advertiser Group in Stockport, becoming Chief Reporter and then News Editor. He later freelanced for Manchester Evening News Group and Piccadilly Radio, as well as Manchester-based national tabloids.
Returning to Northern Ireland in 1981 as sub-editor with the Belfast Telegraph, he then joined BBC Northern Ireland as a reporter in 1983, later joining the political staff. He then became Dublin Correspondent for national BBC before pursuing a wider freelance career. He now contributes to the BBC locally and nationally (as regular presenter of Sunday Sequence and Seven Days), as well as assisting overseas broadcasters, including ABC Australia.
Mike was the winner of 1992 Hennessy Award for best new Irish short story writer as well as runner up in the prestigious Sony Awards on two occasions.
Author's Home: Bangor, N Ireland World Rights
The Blood-Dimmed Tide Historical Mystery
“IT was because of an eccentric Irish poet residing in London during the third year of the Great War that I became a ghost-catcher, a post that had me alternating my evenings between titled hostesses’ dinner parties in Mayfair and Chelsea, and hushed séances in the grimy parlours of the capital’s more humble streets. Both worlds had their own ingrained horror. At that time, London was in the throes of a supernatural paroxysm…”
The Rising of Easter 1916 changed the lives of every Irishman; even that of a literary figure with a penchant for spooks and stately homes, William Butler Yeats, who in the months following the doomed insurrection was immersed in supernatural investigations from his Bloomsbury rooms in London.
The events of that unusually warm spring morning had thrown Yeats’ life into turmoil. In a matter of months, he had unsuccessfully proposed to two women, Maud Gonne and her French daughter Iseult, before marrying a third, a young Englishwoman called Georgina Hyde-Lees. As the social order in Ireland starts to unravel, Yeats becomes obsessed with a magical quest to father a son, who will become the saviour of the nation.
Into this turbulent world steps English medical student Charles Adams, a devoted follower of Yeats’ own brand of mysticism, and a reluctant ghost-catcher. Summonsed to Sligo in the west of Ireland to make contact with the restless spirit of a girl whose body is mysteriously washed ashore in a coffin, Charles is determined to solve the riddle of her murder. But first, he must negotiate a dangerous path between spies, smugglers, occultists and diehard female rebels. Surrounded by enemies and ghosts, he soon finds himself entangled in a secret mission to bring German weapons to Ireland.
Yeats undertakes the perilous journey back to Sligo to help Adams piece together the killer’s identity. They are led on a gripping journey, which takes them along Sligo’s wild coast, through the ruins of its abandoned estates, and into its darkest, most haunted corners, as the country descends into a bloody war of independence.
Falling under the spell of dark forces, Yeats and his apprentice ghost-catcher come dangerously close to crossing the invisible line that divides the living from the dead. In a stunning departure from his first two contemporary novels featuring Inspector Celcius Daly, Anthony Quinn delivers a compelling historical mystery.
Anthony Quinn's first novel featuring Celcius Daly, Disappeared, was published by Otto Penzler’s MysteriousPress.com in 2012. Book two in that series, Border Angels, will be published in 2013.
Author's Home: Dungannon, N Ireland. World Rights
Poets are Eaten as a Delicacy in Japan General Fiction
It’s the ‘what ifs?’ that keep thirty-something Tommie Shaw awake at night. Well, mostly it’s her big gay housemate Blob, a morbidly obese actor and Morrissey impersonator, who keeps her awake as he vogues around their shabby kitchen. But the ‘what ifs?’ are definitely up there.
What if her mother’s soon-to-be-released sensational memoirs air all of Tommie’s sad and sordid laundry? What if she can’t save her beleaguered colleagues’ jobs when she’s hit with an unwelcome promotion? What if Gluteus Maximus’s wife learns of their affair? What if Blob finds out he didn’t win the role in the TV ad through talent alone but through her influence? And what if her depression comes back?
After fifteen years in a walking coma, life comes looking for Tommie Shaw – but as the pressure mounts, can her artistic soul take the heat?
Fresh, highly original and darkly funny, Poets are Eaten as a Delicacy in Japan is a subtle, bittersweet account of one woman’s struggle to stop falling apart.
Tara West was born in Carrickfergus, near Belfast, in 1970. She currently lives in County Antrim and works as a copywriter for a Belfast advertising agency. Tara is married and has a four year old daughter.
Tara has received recognition from The Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s under their Artists’ Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES). ACES identifies career artists whose work is of a high quality, original, challenging and innovative, and supports them with an individual bursary of £5,000. As a recipient, Tara West will develop a significant new literary work with mentoring support from The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast. The Arts Council will showcase successful applicants when the award-winners are announced in December 2011 and over the year of the award.
West’s first novel, Fodder, was published to much critical acclaim, and her second novel, Poets are Eaten as a Delicacy in Japan, was completed recently with Arts Council support. Her third novel promises to carve her place among the best contemporary Northern Irish writers.
Author's Home: Country Antrim, N. Ireland. World Rights
E book rights sold to Untreed Reads
UK and Commonwealth, Ireland and Translation print rights sold to Liberties Press
Thickets Wood Literary thriller
When all seems dark, where is your escape? He was her captor. A man damaged by tragedy, forcing her into a world of make believe. She became her own salvation. Her mind is both her torturer and the key to freedom through a world of her own creation.
Thatchbury is a village much like any other, yet beneath the surface flows a stream of angst and superstition. The shadow of Thickets Wood creeps amongst its people like a primeval mist, bringing torment and desperation.
Do Charlie Whitehall and young Tommy Tinkit come under its destructive power, driving their minds to despair, or is the darkness a consequence of their own guilt and fear?
Lilly is a girl whose turbulent past is inextricably tied to her present. Her mind switches from haunting memories to a world of make believe as she negotiates her way through her former life. While reliving her abduction by a man enslaved by grief and tragedy, we see her immersed into a world of role-play. Imprisoned as a replacement for his dead daughter, she is faced with the task of impersonating Julia and becoming part of a family of dolls. Her failure leads to punishment, imprisonment and the rehabilitation facility in which we join her.
The pain of coping with her repressed memories leads Lilly to self -projection through a world of fantasy. Here Lilly is free and happy. Or is she? This is the world of Thatchbury village and Thickets Wood.
If all you know is darkness, purity cannot exist. Thickets Wood is the personification of an insidious evil. Thickets Wood is him.
Village life seems normal enough until the vanishing of Charlie Whitehall rekindles the myth surrounding the woods. As idle gossip spreads, lives are altered and innocence destroyed. No secret is ever safe. Could it be as they say − the spirit in the wood brings retribution? Charlie killed his ailing father, and Tommy Tinkit believes he smothered his baby sister; both so riddled with guilt that their minds are susceptible to suggestion. Blaming himself for his families tragic circumstances − his parents strained marriage, his father’s alcoholism and his mothers depression, Tommy succumbs to the prospect of falling prey to Thickets Wood. After he eavesdrops on a conversation which alludes to a spirit in the wood, he feels her presence everywhere. Fear fueled by guilt takes over; nowhere is safe. She looms in the shadows of the overlooking woods; she is the scratching at the bedroom window; she is the darkness within the walls. When desperation leads to despair, we witness his decline into madness. The family, so distracted by their mother’s hopelessness and their own desperation for normality, fail to recognize Tommy’s torment until it is too late.
Tommy never comes to realize that the spirit is nothing more than a myth; he takes his own life in fear of her before anyone can reach him.
The circle of despair is made complete when his mother finds him swinging from a tree. The guilt never lay with Tommy, it was only ever hers to own. She was more the devil than the one he feared.
Rebecca Reid was withdrawn from school due to illness at fourteen. Being limited in the things she was able to do, she wrote all the time − poetry, stories, feelings, thoughts. At 16 she had her own page in the local weekly newspaper, the Bangor Spectator, in which she covered anything and everything: fashion, beauty, film, teen issues etc. At 17 she became a model, doing catwalk, photographic work, and TV. In 2008 she graduated in English from Queens University, Belfast, and she was awarded an Arts Council writing grant in 2009. Married in 2007, she lives in Bangor, N. Ireland with her husband and their three daughters. Her first novel, The Coop, was self-published as an e book in 2012, to much attention and critical acclaim.
Author's Home: Bangor, N. Ireland World Rights
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The Coop Literary Thriller
Enter The Coop, a dark and slightly mystical psychological thriller. A girl, apparently imprisoned in a room, is the thread of mystery running parallel to the tale of Thatchbury village. The 'girl in the room' is, unbeknown to the reader until the end, in fact the key to the entire story. She is the link between reality and a fourth dimensional world.
Meet Howard and Lilly. They take you on journey through Thatchbury where Matthew, the incestuous child from the coop, shoots Jodie Tiding, and so unravels the history of his loveless raising, her innocence and the discovery of her eventual suicide.
Meet Lilly, the girl in the room. Meet her doctors, standing beyond the adjoining door of her rehabilitation facility.
The Coop is a darkly compelling vision of the layers of consciousness. Although conceived as the first novel in a trilogy, The Coop stands alone as a brilliant individual work of fiction. This is Rebecca Reid’s first novel.
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Author's Home: Bangor, N. Ireland World Rights
Rudi General Fiction
Late one wintry afternoon, in the mid-1960s, a man, over the bloom of youth, comes down a steep country road in a wooded area some miles from the city of Cork. His name is Rudi, he is from the north of Ireland, has no fixed address, and though not from an Irish nationalist background, he is, in fact, a sort of rebel, having left home and community just after the end of WWII, taken to the road, and eschewed the norms of society, after a bruising passionate love affair which sent him off the rails.
He is still trying to find his way, find peace of heart and find peace of mind.
A car pulls up and the driver offers him a lift. Rudi is befriended by the driver and his wife, Matt and Flo, and is particularly taken by their little “princess” of a daughter, Rebecca, who represents some communion with the past. Over subsequent years a powerful friendship is established from which Rudi derives vital succour and, sometimes, the dangerous lure of settling down.
But Rudi has judged that he is not deserving of peace of heart and peace of mind and struggles to negotiate his way through people and society, a passage to the eventual resolution of the meaning of his life.
Danny Morrison’s fourth novel is a modern treatment of Hermann Hesse’s 1915 book, Knulp, which is about a vagrant who has many friends in many towns who admire his freedom and innocence – though his way of
coping with life has its complications.
Knulp is fortyish and dying of consumption, but something draws him back to his old village, just as old Rudi is drawn back to Drumbridge and the memories of his youth. But when he gets there, nothing is the same. In his
youth, Rudi failed a promising scholarly career because of his obsessive love for Isabel, a love that changed and determined the course of his life.
To those he meets, the great, abiding thing about Rudi is his qualities of independence, pluck, inoffensiveness and generosity. But in old age his commitment is fading and in doubt, and he is paying the price of his passion in youth.
Borrowing from Hesse’s lyrical poems on the theme of homesickness, Morrison explores the meaning of anchorage, existence, life and death, the justice of one man’s life and the decisions he made.
Danny Morrison has written four novels and three books of non-fiction, has edited and contributed to numerous books and periodicals and has written a successful stage play.In the 1980s he was the national director of publicity for Sinn Féin, and during the prison hunger strikes of 1981was the spokesperson for Bobby Sands. Morrison’s description of the IRA’s military and political strategy – as the waging of revolution “with an armalite in one hand and a ballot box in the other” became the foremost quote of the last three decades of conflict in Ireland, and presaged his support for a peaceful and democratic resolution of violence as epitomised in the Good Friday Agreement. In the 1990s he served an eight-year sentence, having been framed by a British intelligence agent, a conviction that was later overturned by the High Court. In prison he wrote several books and short stories. He now writes full-time and is chairperson of Féile an Phobail (literally, “festival of the people”) in West Belfast.
Author’s Home: Belfast World Rights ex German Language
Shell House Mystery
‘My name is Rebecca Banford, only it isn’t the name I was born with. I am a child killer. That is a reference to me that is true and unchanging. I don’t even know who I am. I know that I am a part of your society and I am a product of my circumstances and surroundings, but I am socially invisible, even though I am infamous. People become lost under their labels; wife, mother, father, sister... I am entrenched under mine.’
‘I suppose I should have started by saying that as you read this I have no care whether you like me or not. I’m not telling you this story for any other reason than I want to expel it from myself. I am undecided about what I think of most of it and I have no regard for what you or anyone thinks about me either way. My name is Harry Rochester. My arrogance, when I began writing this, caused me to assume you knew who I was, seeing as you are, after all, reading it. My daughter, Gabrielle killed two children. There. I’ve said it.’
Two separate diaries of two separate lives, both having experienced years filled with guilt, loneliness and isolation.
Harry Rochester, an eighty-year-old retired Barrister, begins a diary about his life, in an attempt to make sense of his regrets and the abandonment of his daughter over forty years ago.
As their lives run in parallel, Gabrielle also begins a diary about her own life, in order to make sense of her catastrophic actions and the bridges that were broken with her family many years ago. They make contact with one another, and try to entwine their stories in order to put the past behind them.
But the unravelling of their separate lives reveals events and misunderstandings unknown to either of them. Harry and Gabrielle desperately try and make up for all the lost years, with the threat of time running out on them both.
Gayle Curtis, in a novel reminiscent of the great Thomas H. Cook, gives us two psychological portraits of a father and daughter caught up in their own guilt and emotional pain, trying to make sense of the actions and the circumstances that led to their lonely separation.
Gayle Curtis grew up in a market town in Norfolk. She still lives in the county in a beautiful village with her husband Chris and lots of cats who inspire her. This is her second novel. Her first, Memory Scents, is also available.
Author's Home: Norfolk, England World Rights
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Memory Scents Mystery
She looked even more beautiful now than she had done when she’d been alive. Her green eyes were still sparkling, but now glazed, they held a snapshot of the fear that she had endured only moments previously. Death fascinated Tim. The way a person’s eyes altered, showing no emotion, becoming empty, coloured oval shaped glass. He loved that part, when he could reflect on the stillness of his victim like a photo in an album.
Ten years after the disappearance of Alice and her mother can’t process the information that she may have been murdered by a serial killer. She finds solace in writing Alice love letters, believing that this will bring her daughter home, but years of denial, pain and isolation may have left behind an inability to accept the truth.
An unsolved series of child murders is the shocking news that hits Chrissie shortly after moving to a picturesque North Norfolk coastal village. Sinister paranormal activity in her idyllic cottage causes her to wonder if she is receiving a message from one of the victims, or if her memory is playing tricks on her and she is recalling a past life. Many eerie coincidences begin to reveal the truth.
Grace is married to a serial killer, something she has been aware of for almost a year. Her decision to keep it a secret comes from her desire for revenge, but she may have left her carefully thought out plans too late. All three women are linked in their involvement with the same nightmare, as they try to unravel the catastrophic chain of events caused by a child killer.
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Author’s Home: Norfolk, England. World Rights.
Biddy Weirdo General Fiction
A spare and moving account of the devastating effects of a relentless campaign of bullying on its subject, a shy young loner with an exceptional talent for drawing and an emotionally crippled father. Set in a fictional seaside town in Northern Ireland, this story with universal appeal is at once full of pathos and speckled with black humour. Reminiscent of Brian Moore's Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne in its acute portrait of the quiet desperation of the socially inept, this is a very promising first novel from a writer with much potential.
Author's home: Bangor, N. Ireland. World Rights
Jacques Contemporary Fiction
Jacques is a unique coming-of-age story told by a writer with a rare ability to capture her characters’ turbulent inner lives in a very immediate and arresting way. Set in contemporary England and told from the perspective of a man in his early thirties, the narrative begins at the first defining moment of Jacques Lafitte’s young life: when, at eleven years old, he loses both of his parents in close succession in tragic and untimely circumstances, and is forced to move from his native Paris to the UK, to live with his legal guardian, Oliver Clarke and his family, near Chester.
Part Dead Poets’ Society, part Austenian love story, this is a rich yet sharply focused narrative which charts the progress of what seems from the outset to be an impossible romantic relationship, and relates a young man’s struggle to forge his own values and identity in an often unsympathetic environment. A sense of alienation from his surroundings and those in it, which is common perhaps to young people everywhere, is compounded in Jacques’ case by the fact that he is ‘l’étranger’ – the eternal outsider, cut adrift from his roots and suddenly transplanted into another culture.
Materially, Jacques’ new family circumstances are comfortable and privileged, even, with Anna and Oliver Clarke clearly committed to offering him the same opportunities for a private education and a promising career of his choice as their own son and daughter, Matthew and Rebecca. In emotional and spiritual terms however, Jacques finds himself in a vacuum, which only makes him feel the loss of the warmth and unconditional love of his own parents all the more keenly.
As the ‘slow burn’ of a love affair which some might regard as taboo reaches a surprising denouement, Jacques is forced to shake off the fetters forged by the stifling and wrong-footed values of his inadequate guardian, Oliver, and finally assert himself as an adult in his own right, with his own authentic take on life and how to live it.
This is an unconventional story which celebrates the particular value of individual experience.
Tanya Ravenswater was born in Bangor, Northern Ireland in 1962 and graduated with a degree in modern languages from St Andrew's University, Scotland, in 1985.Tanya subsequently qualified as a registered nurse and worked in hospitals in Scotland and Wales for a number of years. When she took a career break to look after her two children, Tanya began to write short stories, longer pieces of fiction and more recently, poetry. Her writing style is varied and highly versatile, ranging from darkly humorous satire to more lyrical and emotionally charged work. She enjoys working with children and has completed several school and community creative writing-based projects.Tanya has had numerous short stories and poems published, and she has written another novel, Russian Dolls.
Author's Home: Cheshire, England. World Rights.
Also by Tanya Ravenswater:
Russian Dolls Literary Fiction
Beautifully written with a simple lyricism which is sustained apparently effortlessly throughout, this is a compelling first novel of rare integrity and compassion which breaks down the barriers between ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’, and gives us a unique insight into the world of the obsessive-compulsive – and the power of friendship, compassion and love.
Middletown Tales Short story collection
A collection of quirky, darkly humorous tales, all set in the fictional Northern English town of Middleton.The events and characters portrayed in individual stories intertwine to create a pleasing sense of unity of time, place and community. Gentle satire with a sometimes savage twist in the tale. World Rights.
Fire and Ice Contemporary Women's Fiction
Jack Cantor is an only child from a middle class background. Academically brilliant, he is studying for his Leaving Certificate at just sixteen years of age and is sure to score very high points for University entrance. Jack’s intellectual ability is not matched by emotional intelligence. He has difficulty in forming friendships with his peers and is cold and withdrawn even with those closest to him. While he appears to be self-sufficient, he is hurt by the rejection of his classmates, particularly Shane Mulcahy and his gang of followers, including the very pretty Gayle Fennell. Their constant teasing causes Jack to grow increasingly angry and alienated from the normal life of a teenager.
Ruth Cantor is Quality Control Manager in Angelia Pharmaceutical plant and mother to Jack. Ever since her son was born she has been proud of his academic achievements but ignores her occasional concern about his lack of social skills. She suppresses a sense of guilt at having worked through Jack’s childhood. His day to day care was, and still is, carried out by the au pair Ingrid Vangen, who has worked with the Cantor family since Jack was a baby.
Garry Cantor, book shop owner, is father to Jack. When Ingrid discovers reading material of a very violent nature in Jack’s bedroom, she brings it straight to the boy’s father. Garry is horrified when he sees the detailed depictions of animal and human torture. He learns that Jack has also been visiting web sites dedicated to sadism. He punishes Jack by burning the literature, putting a control on his web viewing and withdrawing his credit card. Satisfied that his son is truly sorry and understands that his behaviour is unacceptable, Garry protects his wife by not telling her about her son’s predilection for violence.
When Ingrid finds knives in the garden shed after a neighbour’s cat has been disembowelled, she believes Jack responsible for the animal’s death and she fears for her own life. She decides that the time has come for her to leave the Cantors.
The chemical factory where Ruth works announces its closure. Ruth is offered a promotion and relocation to Texas. Garry is very concerned about his business, as sales have been steadily dropping in the book shop, and of the imminent factory closure which would mean even less disposable income in the town. As both his parents worry about their careers and Ingrid makes preparations to leave, Jack grows increasingly isolated. His anger reaches a peak when classmate Gayle Fennell makes an official complaint against him to the school head.
Jack discovers a flush of magic mushrooms in the woods. He sees this as a way of ingratiating himself with his peers and of impressing Gayle Fennell. But things don’t go according to plan and Jack finds himself once again on the outside looking in. Feeling isolated, rejected and very angry, Jack struggles with his violent urges. As the teasing at school becomes unbearable, he retreats into his own world of anger and revenge. Isolated, hurt, unable to communicate his inner turmoil, he finds comfort and empowerment in the set of knives he has recently bought.
Through the course of Fire and Ice, Jack abandons his hope to fit in and accepts that he never will. A tragic event reinforces his belief that his destiny is to live his life by his own rules and not those imposed by family or society. At sixteen years old, Jack Cantor plans a lifetime of paying lip service to societal norms while secretly pushing the boundaries of decency to its limits.
Fire and Ice is available as an e book:
Inside Out; Under the Rainbow; Time and Tide
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The fourth, fifth and sixth and seventh novels by Irish author Mary O’Sullivan. Mary’s first six books are published by Poolbeg in Ireland. She is ready for the world stage. The next Maeve Binchy?
Author home's: County Cork, Ireland.
Are We Ever Going to Meet Again? Mind, Body, Spirit
Tom Colton was a chartered accountant before he became a full-time professional medium in 2009, at the age of 34. The untimely death of a much-loved uncle from leukaemia however led him back to his spirituality and to discover his true vocation in life: helping others to connect with their lost loved ones in Spirit World, and affirming the truth that the human spirit lives on after physical death. Tom is now one of Ireland’s foremost mediums.
In this remarkably candid and straight-talking book, Tom Colton begins by sharing with the reader his own journey into evidential mediumship. We follow his progress from his first real communication with Spirit World, to his spiritual reawakening as an adult and the gradual realisation of where his true purpose in life lay. Tom gives us a fascinating account of the initial years he spent developing his skills as a medium, including his training at the renowned Arthur Findlay College in Stansted, his first public demonstration of mediumship in front of a large crowd in Ballyfermot Civic Centre in Dublin, and his work with various development circles and other groups.
We get a unique insight into the challenges of this very unconventional calling: from being hauled over the coals on live radio by devout Protestant ministers, to delivering readings to order over the telephone, to performing “spirit rescues” in homes troubled by persistent spirit activity.
However, this book is not just about Tom’s journey, or the poignant stories of the various clients to whom he brings great happiness and healing, by enabling them to make contact with the loved ones they believed to be lost forever. Unlike some others in the field, who might prefer to perpetuate the myth that the world of the medium is the preserve of a privileged few, Tom’s unique perspective in this book is that mediumship is something which is accessible to all of us. He aims to show the reader that, far from there being any special ‘gift’ required, the ability to connect with Spirit World is one which everyone can develop and make active use of.
In keeping with this open, down-to-earth approach, Tom takes us through the basic principles of mediumship and offers us practical suggestions about how to begin to develop our spiritual awareness and take the first steps towards making a connection with Spirit World.
With a light, compassionate touch, the author looks at the responsibilities of dealing with those who have been bereaved, and also addresses such questions as the existence or otherwise of malevolent spiritual forces, and how we make the transition between this world and the next. Reassuring and straightforward, Tom shares his convictions that Spirit is never anything to be afraid of, and that phenomena which might initially appear to be troubling and unsettling are simply signs that Spirit is seeking to make benevolent contact with us.
Refreshingly down-to-earth and with humour, intelligence and above all, compassion, this book aims to bring the mysterious world of mediumship within grasp of us all, believers and sceptics alike.
Tom Colton was born in Dublin in 1975. After working in accountancy and chartered accountancy for many years, he became a full-time professional medium at the age of 34. He runs mediumship development circles and does one-to-one readings, as well as public demonstrations. In 2011, he undertook his “Feel the Spirit” tour. Running over five months and with 17 dates at venues all over Ireland, this was the first tour of its kindever to be undertaken by an Irish medium. He currently lives in Celbridge near Dublin with his wife and four children.
Author’s Home: Dublin World Rights
What is Past, or Passing, or to Come: Ireland’s Toxic Legacy Irish
Irish History and Current Events
Tomás Mac Glasáin
This book promises to be the most savage indictment of Irish society since Angela’s Ashes. It will to do for Ireland what The God Delusion did for Western religion, The Missionary Position did for Mother Theresa and The Bell Curve for political correctness.
What is Past . . . will look at how a tiny and much-loved nation – Ireland – became one of the most prolific abusers of children and vulnerable adults in modern Europe, and will seek to explore the reasons as to why and how this came about. The book will establish as fact that the Republic of Ireland has produced far more abusive clergy and tolerated the institutionalised persecution of the poor, sick and otherwise disadvantaged elements of its population at far higher levels than any other modern European state. It will examine the unique features of Irish society that made the abuse debacle inevitable. We know what happened . . .
The purpose of this book is to ask why. Following the evidence courageously, the author will make a bold claim: that the roots of this disaster lie in the heart of Irish politics and nationalist ambitions – not in Vatican meddling, as most commentators assume; and that clerical abuse in the Republic of Ireland is not a Catholic problem, but an Irish one. Catholicism, we’re told, corrupted the Irish. No one has yet dared to ask if it might have gone the other way. Today’s preferred cover story is that the Holy See is responsible. Blaming Ireland is a good deal riskier, and too many people are afraid of what they might learn if they should look deeper.
But this book will look deeper. The Church was the instrument, certainly, but it wasn’t the mastermind it is claimed to be. This was not done to the Irish; it was done by the Irish. The author will contend that it was the craving for ideological conformity and ethnic purity among those who conceived and led the Free State and the Republic that was at the heart of so much that went badly wrong in Ireland. Celebrated patriots like Pádraig Pearse, Michael Collins, and Éamon de Valera believed in a distinct Irish race, which, predictably, modern research has proved fictitious. Nevertheless, modern Ireland would indulge its nationalist fantasy with zeal and at a terrible cost.
This book will present a compelling narrative, which will aim to be both readable and scholastically important by combining personal, at times intimate, reflections with cold logic and hard facts. There is no law requiring academic writing to be dull, opaque, and impersonal. And there is no reason to believe that a fluent, readable style undermines a narrator's authority as an objective, truthful commentator.
Thomas Greene (Tomás Mac Glasáin) grew up in the south Bronx, New York. He holds dual Irish and American citizenship and currently lives in Dublin. He has a BA from Williams College in Massachusetts and a postgraduate degree from Yonsei University in Seoul.Thomas served as Associate Editor of The Register, Europe’s largest technology news daily, from 1999 – 2007, where he covered computer and network security, and Washington politics and legislation affecting the IT industry and its consumers. He is now a freelance journalist who writes about science, technology and food. He has contributed to Wired magazine and The Guardian, as well as the academic journal, Gastronomica. He is the author of Computer Security for the Home and Small Office (Apress, 2004), a comprehensive guide to Internet privacy, online anonymity, encryption, and data hygiene.
Author’s Home: Dublin World Rights
Mindfulness for Busy People (Working Title Only)
Mind, Body, Spirit
There is currently a very healthy and exciting interest in mindfulness in the UK, the US and beyond. A recent search for the word "mindfulness" produced 17 million hits on Google. On amazon.co.uk on the same day, a mindfulness book by Prof Mark Williams of Ox ford University's Mindfulness Centre ranked at no. 64 in book sales and at no. 1 in the meditation category. Mindfulness training has been adopted by companies such as Google and Target in the US. Mindfulness is offered in many hospitals to chronic pain patients and the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has recommended mindfulness training as an effective treatment for depression.
Padraig O’Morain, a leading Irish columnist on health-related matters and a practicing psychotherapist, has practiced mindfulness for 25 years and has been teaching mindfulness for more than a decade. The initial inspiration for this book, he claims, came largely from someone who took four years to get herself to one of Padraig’s mindfulness workshops, even though she is the owner of the institute in which the workshop was taking place – her life was quite simply too busy. Once she was finally able to attend to attend a workshop, however (and even though she had to dash off to a meeting in the middle of it!), this lady reported that she has since been able to derive huge benefit from bringing mindfulness into her life. It was she who suggested that a book on mindfulness for busy people was one that she, and many like her, would buy.
It is increasingly recognised in the field that there are two ways to approach mindfulness. One is to spend periods of time each day observing one's breathing or engaged in another mindfulness practice which might take 20 to 40 minutes. The other is to build mindfulness practice into one's daily life, and this is the niche in which the author specialises in his practice and will focus on in this book. Over many years, he has been able to observe the benefits that people can gain from relatively brief mindfulness practices and from learning how incorporate these into their day-to-day lives.
The target market is those people who constantly hear about mindfulness but who cannot imagine ever having the time to sit down and do twenty minutes of breathing every day, let alone read a big, fat book about it. This includes people who are extremely busy at work; people whose every moment goes into juggling work and family commitments; and people raising families but whose free time is very restricted.
Mindfulness books aimed specifically at this market are, actually, relatively few. There is a shortage of books for people who cannot or will not sit down and meditate, but who would like to have the benefits of mindfulness in their lives. This is the space that this book will aim to successfully occupy.
Padraig O'Morain has a long and distinguished career as a journalist and psychotherapist. He was Health Correspondent for The Irish Times until 2002, and now writes a weekly column called “That's Men” in the Irish Times Health Supplement. He has taught mindfulness through workshops and courses in Ireland to a wide variety of customers in a range of professions, from accountancy to search & rescue, and also including nursing, medicine, psychotherapy, trade unions, and teachers. Padraig is the author of a number of books: Light Mind, Mindfulness in Daily Living (Veritas, Dublin 2009); The Health of the Nation: a History of the Irish Healthcare System (Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, 2007); That's Men: a Collection of Irish Times Articles (Veritas, Dublin 2008); Like A Man: a Guide to Men's Emotional Wellbeing (Veritas, Dublin 2007) and The Blue Guitar, poetry collection (Salmon, Cliffs of Moher, 2011).
Author’s Home: Dublin World Rights
Inside Man: The Inside Story of the Loyalists of Long Kesh –From War to Peace Memoir/History
William "Plum" Smith
“1972 was a year of headlines: ‘Bloody Days’: the worst phase of our wars in Northern Ireland – dark days and nights that shaped and changed so many of our lives. I was just 18, a member of the Red Hand Commando and in jail, one of the many thousands who passed in and out of our prisons during the decades of conflict. Those forty odd years ago, I had set out with another ‘Commando’ to shoot a Catholic man, firing 14 bullets into our target. Somehow he survived that shooting, but died several years later. He was someone’s son, as was I; two men of the same city, but whose religions placed us on different sides of Belfast’s bitter divide. My life journey has taken me through the wars, the prisons, the peace and the politics of this place and left me with the label ex-combatant.
“My name is William ‘Plum’ Smith. I was born and bred on Belfast’s Shankill Road, on its streets of red, white and blue and in a community that is Protestant, unionist, loyalist. My early years take me back into Mountjoy Street, named after the famous ship that broke the boom at the Siege of Derry in 1688 allowing the Protestants to defeat Catholic King James’ army. Ulster, Ireland and England have never really been at peace, not until now. This book will take us through and then out of our most recent conflict. It will detail a prison experience in which loyalists were politicised and educated; how we learned to speak with our ‘enemy’, negotiate and eventually end our battles.
“In 1994 when a Combined Loyalist Military Command announced its ceasefire, I chaired that news conference, sitting alongside my mentor Augustus ‘Gusty’ Spence. Our words - his words that day – were delivered in the presence of cameras and microphones; recorded as world news and as a step out of war at the beginning of some new peace journey. Four years later we had the Good Friday or Belfast Agreement at the end of talks and negotiations in which I was part of the loyalist delegation along with Spence, David Ervine, Winston Rea and Dawn Purvis. Most of us had cut our teeth in politics in the compounds of Long Kesh, living in huts witdistance of our IRA enemy. The story of imprisonment during the Troubles has never been told from the Loyalist perspective. Herein, there is drama, tragedy and humour as Plum Smith provides an insider’s narrative to the crucial years of the Troubles. Given Plum’s access to previously unseen and unpublished historical documents, readers will be surprised at many of the stories and revelations that Plum provides, and this book will add a missing link to the chain of history collectively known as The Troubles.
“Since then, much of the loyalist story has remained untold; a story from different trenches and of ‘the other men behind the prison wire’. Gusty Spence and David Ervine, two giants of loyalism, are now dead. They were big voices and personalities in the developing peace, men who influenced many others, including me. So, this is an inside story told by one of the inside men. It is a book of page turns informed by previously unpublished documents, interviews and conversations and, of course, by my own life experience. Much of that life has been in war, part of it in prison and now in our developing peace. It is a book I dedicate to Spence and Ervine, a book offered as one more jigsaw piece in that picture of our past and present.”
William ‘Plum’ Smith is a Northern Irish Loyalist, ex-paramilitary and ex-politician.
Author’s Home: Belfast World Rights
I Love Ireland with All My Faults: A Memoir from Exile Memoir
We exiles love Ireland deeply, though we may never live in it again. Somehow it takes time and reflection to concede that one’s time in another country has enriched and enhanced the love we all share for this small island, for better or worse.
I left Ireland two decades ago, settling first in France. After six years there, I made my way to the United States, just as my forbears had done, leaving behind them famine and strife. The source of my own strife was very different in nature but nonetheless painful and, like theirs, something from which – I now realise – I sought escape through self-imposed exile.
The journey back into my past chronicled in this book has forced me to look closely at hitherto hidden and unspoken family secrets – such as homosexuality, mental illness, sexual abuse and poverty. And at how religion, especially Catholicism, had such a powerful influence on my early years, leading me to embrace the prospect of a life in the priesthood with such zeal and sense of purpose that I left home at the tender age of eleven to enter the Montfort Seminary in Hampshire, England.
Although I am known as a writer of The Troubles, I did not make the Ireland conflict the centrepiece of this journey through my life. I recognised, however, that it would have been intellectually dishonest to ignore such an important chapter of my life, which encompasses my roles as journalist and broadcaster. After all, one cannot paste memories of the past onto another canvas and hide them away in a dark corner, expecting them to remain there.
The structure of this book is not conventional. I resisted the temptation to follow a standard autobiographical “cradle-to-the-grave” approach, reminding myself of the need to provide readers with a book that would be warm, funny and insightful, as well as deep and soul-searching. Ultimately, people and places legitimately define my life throughout the pages of this book.
While writing this book, I came to understand that I have grown to love Ireland much more as an exile. In light of that realisation, I hope other exiles, particularly those from my part of the world, will empathise with my personal history, laden with many happy memories and nostalgia. A tune played by police bands in St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York and Chicago, or the sound of Scottish bagpipes, can evoke powerful emotions and sometimes tears. Watching salmon cruising through the fast runs of the Salmon River at Pulaski in New York State can serve for me as a gentle reminder of wonderful days spent casting flies on the Bush River in County Antrim or the Moy in County Mayo. A sailing boat off Long Island can quickly resemble one leaving Donaghadee for Portpatrick on the Scottish coast. And embedded in all of my memories of Ireland is the generosity and earthiness of its people.
But this is not nostalgia for its own sake, empty of true emotion, or saccharine sentimentality, untempered by the ambiguity of experiences good and bad. This book will recount a personal journey into the past which is at times difficult and painful, at times joyful and, I hope, with an intense appreciation of life’s comic moments.
I might not have written this narrative had I still been living in Ireland, because one does not always fully appreciate or understand the thing one loves most deeply when one is intimately involved with it. Were however, someone to say that this book is homage to Ireland and all of its people at home and abroad, I would be inwardly very gratified.
Martin Dillon has been a reporter for The Irish News, The Irish Weekly, and the Belfast Telegraph, and a journalist and editor with BBC Radio and Television for over twenty years, before he left Ireland to live first in France and then in New York City, where he now resides.
He is the author of Political Murder in N. Ireland (Penguin), Rogue Warrior of the SAS (John Murray) later edition updated as Rogue Warrior of the SAS- The Blair Mayne Legend (Mainstream), The Shankill Butchers (Hutchinson & Arrow Books + Routledge in U.S.), The Dirty War (Hutchinson & Arrow Books + Routledge in U.S.), Stone Cold: The Story of Michael Stone and the Milltown Massacre (Hutchinson & Arrow Books), Killer in Clowntown (Hutchinson & Arrow Books), The Enemy Within: The IRA’s War Against The British (Doubleday), 25 Years of Terror - updated paperback of The Enemy Within (Bantam), God and the Gun (Orion hardcover and paperback + Routledge in U.S.), The Assassination of Robert Maxwell, Israel’s Superspy (Robson Books hardcover & paperback + Carroll & Graf in the U.S. hardcover + paperback), The Trigger Men (Mainstream hardcover + paperback) as well as the novel The Serpent’s Tail (Richard Cohen Books/London).
Author's Home: Queens, NY World Rights
Thirty Days of War and Peace Memoir
In 2012, Northern Irish author and broadcaster Tony Macaulay marks 30 years of peacebuilding. Tony grew up in West Belfast in the 1970s at the height of the Troubles and this experience has shaped his life. His childhood memoirs Paperboy (HarperCollins, 2011) and Breadboy (forthcoming – see above) tell the story of his early years.
In the 1980s, he lived and worked on the peaceline in North Belfast tackling poverty and unemployment and supporting young people to reject sectarianism, segregation and violence as a way of life. In the 1990s, he developed local, national and international peacebuilding programmes for young people. He joined with other parents to start two integrated schools in Northern Ireland.
Since 2001 he was worked as a consultant in youth and community development and peacebuilding to hundreds of communities and organisations across Northern Ireland and in other post conflict countries. In 2008 he wrote a discussion paper proposing a process for removing the peace walls in Belfast.
Tony's international work has taken him to Sri Lanka, the Middle East and the USA. His work overseas included training youth workers in peacebuilding in Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro and sharing his experiences and approach at international seminars and conferences.
In Thirty Days of War and Peace Tony has chosen thirty of the most thought provoking and challenging days in his life to share his experiences and reflections on conflict and peacebuilding. Each day tells a story of the events, people and the places that have influenced and inspired him. Together these 30 days offer the learning and perspective gained from 30 years of peacebuilding.
The book takes us on a remarkable journey from the backstreets of Belfast to the mountaintops of Serbia. We visit an Amish home in Indiana, a widow’s house in Sri Lanka and Yasser Arafat’s residence in Jericho. Along the way we meet many unsung heroes of peacebuilding and a few Nobel Peace Prize winners. We see how tragedy and hatred can be overcome with creativity, commitment, optimism and humour. Thirty days of War and Peace takes us on an emotional pathway through heartbreaking violence to relentless hope.
Tony Macaulay is the author of the critically acclaimed Paperboy (HarperCollins, November 2011) and the forthcoming Breadboy (Blackstaff Press, Spring 2013). He grew up in the 70s at the top of the Shankill Road in Belfast, an experience that has shaped his life and inspired his writing. He has spent over 25 years working for peace and reconciliation in N Ireland and around the world.
Author’s Home: Belfast World Rights
A-List Aesop’s Fables Humour/Gift
An illustrated reboot of Aesop’s classic fables
Conceived and Written by Pearse Lehane
Illustrated by Court Jones
A-List Aesop’s Fables puts a very modern twist on Aesop’s vision, with A-list celebrities taking the place of the beasts and braggarts of the original tales. Imagine MC Hammer and Tony Bennett in “The Hare and the Tortoise” or Mick Jagger and Beyoncé in “The Fox and the Grapes”, and you have the concept cracked.
Authors Homes: Dublin and San Diego World Rights
The Colour Red Photography
Photographs by Alain le Garsmeur
When renowned photographer Alain Le Garsmeur was going through his collection while planning for the future, he began to notice the colour red as a thread that seems to wind its way, in so many guises, through much of his work. In 100 stunning photographs, taken in all corners of the globe, the colour red appears, sometimes boldly, sometimes much more subtly. Together, these 100 images, taken between 1970 and 1985, create a compelling portrait of a life lived through photography. It is a life in which the photographer’s vision strikingly captures and celebrates the serendipity by which the world presents itself to us every day.
Click here to view the book: www.redcolour.net
Alain Le Garsmeur is an acclaimed photographer who has worked for many international publications, including the Sunday (London) Times, Observer and French Geo Magazines. He has travelled the world and photographed it for over 40 years. In 1986 he was awarded a World Press Award for his photographs of China. He moved to Northern Ireland in 1995 and has since published a number of photographic books, including Yeats: Images of Ireland, James Joyce: Reflections of Ireland, Strangford: Portrait of an Irish Lough, and his latest, Lough Erne.
Author's Home: Kearney Village, N. Ireland World Rights
There Will Never Be Another You:
A Gallery of Jazz Musicians Music
Featuring artist Tom O’Hara’s evocative paintings, There Will Never Be Another You is an illustrated homage to the greatest jazz musicians past and present. Number and selection of images to be determined, and each image will be accompanied by a brief biography of the subject.
Author’s Home: Mt Shasta, California World Rights
Irish War Memory-Irish experiences of WW2: A Photographic Record of World War II Memory in Ireland
Damian Drohan Military History/Photography
Featuring strongly lit, close-up portraits of Irish born and Irish dwelling World War 2 Veterans who were interviewed about their experiences during the Second World War, their reasons for joining and their day to day lives. The presentation of the book comprises stark, close-ups of the faces of each individual, showing the life experience embedded therein, juxtaposed with interview excerpts and brief biographies of the person involved.
The book developed as the result of a multimedia/transmedia project, comprising audio interviews and portraits, and it is envisaged that the presentation of powerful images and interview excepts could be enhanced by the inclusion of a CD containing edited versions of the interviews, the subtleties and nuances of the human voice lending a humanity and a third dimension to the book presentation.
It is estimated that between 50,000-70,000 Irish men and women volunteered for various branches of the British Services in World War II; their service has largely gone unnoticed and unvalued, save for the efforts of various organizations and their immediate families. The book comes at a timely moment in their and our history, as all First World War Veterans have now departed, and there remain a small number of World War II veterans, their numbers dwindling by the year. This compelling book captures their memories of the important yet largely undocumented group of soldiers.
An introduction by historian and author Fergal Keane has been arranged.
Damian Drohan is a photographer and documentarian.
Author’s Home: Dublin World Rights
Muses in the Landscape Garden Poetry Illustrated Gardening/Poetry
A perfect joining of two passions, poetry and gardens.
Curtice Taylor selects garden and seasonal poems and illustrates them with his own glorious garden photographs, creating a lovely gift book for all who love nature and the words the great poets throughout history have written about the natural world.
Poets include D.H. Lawrence, Robert Louis Stevenson, John Milton, Robert Frost, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Oscar Wilde, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Shakespeare, ee cummings, William Wordsworth, Alexander Pope, Rainer Maria Rilke, William Blake, Rudyard Kipling, John Keats, Siegfried Sassoon, Paul Verlaine, Emily Dickinson, Henry Wordsworth Longfellow, T.S. Eliot, Henry David Thoreau, Stanley Kunitz, W.S. Merwin, John Constable, Samuel Beckett, Marianne Moore, Beatrix Potter, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Bly, Cole Porter, Percy Shelly, Theodore Roethke, William Carlos Williams, Yoko One, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and many more.
The ideal gift book for garden and poetry lovers.
Curtice Taylor has been photographing gardens for over 30 years. His first assignment was for the renowned garden designer Russell Page. Since then his work has appeared in most shelter publications including Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, House and Garden (US and UK), Garden Design, Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Vogue, The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph and many more. His work has also appeared in countless garden books, calendars and gift books. His book on American Garden Conservation will be published by Norton in 2011-12.
Author’s Home: New York City World Rights.
Invisible Violence: The Story of How One Woman Fought Against the System and Caught Her Own Identity Thief
Karen Lodrick Memoir/True Crime
Invisible Violence: The Story of How One Woman Fought Against the System and Caught Her Own Identity Thief is a compelling, topical and highly readable account of Karen Lodrick’s nightmare of identity theft and her ultimate triumph over the thief and the system.
Invisible Violence is my story, the story of how my life was virtually put on hold and my identity was stripped away from me by a faceless, nameless assailant doing invisible violence to me. This is the story of how I overcame feelings of helplessness, surmounted an often inept and antiquated banking system, and worked against a strained police force and a postal service full of loopholes. I learned to dig deep and deepen trust in my instincts. This inner strength and conviction enabled me to be ready, ready for the day I chased down my thief through the streets of San Francisco, and caught the woman who stole my identity.
Author's Home: San Francisco. World Rights.
Humor Titles from Ray Strobel: Humor
Bear and the Rocketman
Ray’s most recent book, How to Raise a Superchild (2008) was published by HCI. The Ultimate Cats’ Catalog (2002) and A Black Eye Isn’t the End of the World (2004), were both published by Andrews McMeel. Ray's next book, Dog Treats, will be published by Sourcebooks in 2011.
Author's home: Chicago, U.S. World Rights.
Wilfred, Fanny and Floyd: Autobiographical Sketches from a Culinary Genius Humor/Cats
Wilfred Ginge with Gayle Curtis
My name is Mr. Wilfred Ginge and I am a very famous, handsome ginger cat from the Mcginge clan in Northern Ireland, I'm sure you've heard of me. I will be sharing my extensive culinary knowledge and experiences for one cat year by attempting and sampling various recipes from cooks such as Mrs. Fanny Crackhaddock and the like and reporting on the results. I will also be giving useful household tips for those of you, like me, who have baked beans on your paws instead of fingers.
Author's Home: Norfolk, England. World Rights.
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The Letters and Journals of Mr. Wilfred Ginge Humor/Cats
Wilfred Ginge with Gayle Curtis
Wilfred Ginge, aspiring author and ginger cat from the McGinge clan in N. Ireland, writes to famous authors for publishing advice, assisted by his faithful friend Gayle, who lives with him rent free. Illustrated.
Visionmongers: Art and Crafts of Ireland Crafts/Photography
Art and craft are deeply rooted in Ireland’s heritage and over the centuries this little island has produced artwork and craft products that are known and respected worldwide: The book of Kells, Guinness, Waterford Crystal and U2 to name but a few.
This book will be a compilation of portraits of some of Ireland’s foremost and most talented artists and craftspeople. Their art and craft range from food products to clothing, from painting to boat building, from writing to music. Some have been around for centuries like the bodhran makers, singer/songwriter are more contemporary but still have their roots in tradition.
The content of the book will be image based and show artists/craftspeople at work. Accompanying text will explain the history of the art/craft as well as the personal background of the artist/craftsperson.
Carsten Krieger is a landscape photographer based in Ireland. His first book was The Fertile Rock: Seasons in the Burren (Collins Press, 2006), which was followed by The West of Ireland (Collins Press, 2009). His next book, The Ireland’s Glorious Landscape, was published by O’Brien Press in Spring 2010 and was followed by The Wild Flowers of Ireland, published by Gill & Macmillan in Autumn 2010. His latest books are Ireland’s Coast (O’Brien Press, 2012) and The Irish Wildlife Year (Gill & Macmillan, 2012).
Author’s Home: County Clare, Ireland World Rights
101 Excuses ™ Humor
Written By David Feldstein
Illustrated by Frank McCourt
It all started one cold, dark, wintry night in the northern reaches of Canada. Indoors on a sheet of ice 146 feet long and 14 feet wide, with 16 granite rocks and 2 teams of 4 men each. The sport of the great white north ... CURLING ... David and Frank met on the curling ice in Canada. Yup, that was the birthplace of 101 Excuses ™. Here’s how it started.
Curling is a sport that requires extraordinary teamwork and skill in order to be played well. Being the ultimate team sport, it’s also a very social game. One of the first things one notices is that no matter what happens on the ice, it’s not your fault. It could be the broom's fault, the rock, whatever, but "excuses" are flying around all over the place.
Then it came to them. Someone needed to assemble these excuses for posterity and to arm curlers, both new and experienced, with the excuses they need to survive the ice. David and Frank got to work. Before long they realized that excuses weren’t unique to curlers. In fact excuses are the universal language. Everyone uses them, and everyone needs them.
So was born the 101 Excuses™ series. Of course the two of them had plenty of excuses as to why they couldn't do the series, but in the end they realized it was their mission to supply man & womenkind with the excuses they’ll need in their journey through life. The rest, my friends, is history.
Titles include 101 Golf Excuses, 101 Sex Excuses, 101 Curling Excuses, 101 Banking Excuses, 101 Political Excuses, 101 Homework Excuses, 101 Cooking Excuses, 101 Contractor Excuses, 101 Fashion Excuses, 101 Employee Excuses, 101 Auto Repair Excuses, 101 Poker Excuses, and many more.
101 Curling Excuses is available as a printed book and an e book in the USA, UK and Canada:101 Curling Excuses
Author's Home: Toronto, Canada World Rights