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New Projects: Fiction


She Worked in the Café Beside the Pier


Patrick Murphy               Debut Quality Commercial Fiction


Set in the seaside town of Lehinch, Ireland, in 2016, She Worked in the Café Beside the Pier is a work of quality commercial fiction about what it means to fall in love in the internet age.  It is at times tragic, at times funny, with a twist of darkness running through.


Jayson Fitzgerald is a twenty-eight-year-old English teacher.  From a well-off Dublin background, he moves to the west coast of Ireland to find himself, hoping that by living the simple life he will be inspired to fulfil his dream of becoming a writer.  He is also running away from an unsavoury incident back in Dublin and a broken family life.  Little does he realise that he will find love, separation, betrayal and the darkness of the internet age, right in the heart of the place he went to escape it all.  It is a novel about coffee and the sea.  But also of love, seduction, drugs, the internet, cyberbullying, teaching and the impossibility of finding oneself anywhere other than within.


Murphy’s debut novel has led to some calling him the male Sally Rooney.


Patrick Murphy is an English teacher by profession.  He has had some success with his short stories, including winning the Irish Writers Union Short Story Prize, being short listed for the Penguin Ireland Short Story Prize and The Hennessy New Irish Writing Awards, and being published in the Ogham Stone Literary Journal.  In 2017, he was selected by Words Ireland for their mentoring programme.  Most recently one of his stories was published in the ‘Teachers Who Write’ anthology and in at least one secondary school (St Kieran’s College) the teachers were so taken with that story that they have decided to start teaching it. This is his first novel. He lives in Kilkenny, Ireland.

Above the Fire    Debut Literary/Quality Commercial Fiction


Michael O’Donnell



Above the Fire is the story of a man and his young son who find beauty and solidarity in the mountains of New Hampshire. Laboring under a shared loss, the two set out on a late-season backpacking trip, making friends, enjoying the outdoors, and falling into the rhythms of an expedition. But when war breaks out down below during their hike, they are forced to withdraw into the backcountry together.


Surviving an alpine winter by themselves, they endure solitude, the elements, and the ever-present danger of outsiders. As their isolation intensifies, their commitment to each other grows only more fierce. From their mountain refuge, man and boy confront the perils of a changed world, until they are forced to decide whether  ̶  and how  ̶  to rejoin society. Written in the tradition of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, and Paolo Cognetti's The Eight Mountains, the book finds hope and resilience in the timelessness of landscape and the connection between a parent and child.


O’Donnell’s debut novel is an accomplished work, and a fast and compelling read, as he draws the reader in to the bond between father and son and their shared journey, both physical and emotional, in the wilds of the White Mountains of New Hampshire.


Michael O'Donnell, an attorney by profession, contributes criticism and essays to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, and the Economist, among other publications. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and son. This is his debut novel.


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Kill the Devil: A Novel of the Rwandan Genocide       


Quality Commercial Fiction


Tony Macaulay and Juvens Nsabimana


Kill the Devil is a love story between a survivor and a perpetrator of genocide. A woman and a man, nearly destroyed by extreme violence, hatred and despair, follow a rare and unexpected path, and discover extreme forgiveness, love and hope.


The novel shines a light on the remarkable, untold stories of reconciliation in Rwanda since the genocide in 1994. The possibility of peace and reconciliation after horrific violence and inhumanity offers hope to a divided and violent world.


Kill the Devil is a moving depiction of the horrors that man can create, and of the resilience of the human spirit. A novel of hate, and a novel of reconciliation, love and forgiveness. It is a lesson for our times and for all time. Readers who were moved by The Tattooist of Auschwitz will find it an equally compelling story.



Dr. Tony Macaulay is an author, peacebuilder and broadcaster from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has spent the past 35 years working to build peace and reconciliation at home and abroad. His memoirs of growing up in Belfast during the Troubles, Paperboy (HarperCollins 2011 – over 110,000 copies sold) Breadboy (Blackstaff Press, 2013) and All Growed Up (Blackstaff Press, 2014), have been critically acclaimed bestsellers in Ireland. 


Juvens Nsabimana is a screenwriter and film-maker from Rwanda. 


Juvens has been writing and telling stories since he was a child. He was born in Kigali in Rwanda. In early 2013, he started writing film screenplays and throughout his twenties he developed his career as a professional writer with poetry blogs, books and screenplays. Kill the Devil is his first novel.


The novel is a remarkable achievement as a transcontinental and cross-cultural collaboration between two writers who have experience of conflict in Europe and Africa. 



Proconnesus     Science Fiction

Fergal O’Donnell


In the near future, an enigmatic organization, Proconnesus, markets and sells one product: immortality. Freezing human brains, extracting the contents, and uploading the data into a giant supercomputer, Proconnesus reproduces each mind into a virtual reality world governed by a sentient Artificial Intelligence.


When a cataclysmic cosmic event destroys the Earth and every other trace of mankind, the individuals saved within this environment become the last living souls. Existing only as bits and bytes, imprisoned within a fantastically complex computer system, they inhabit a world where everything is possible. With a lifetime of memories at their fingertips, and with access to the entire dataset of human history, they create thrillingly immersive worlds for their own pleasure and experience. And as they cross virtual continents and centuries, we learn the lofty heights and low depths that people will explore when the only restriction is their own imagination.


Eventually, when the omniscient AI attacks the human residents, culling them for its own perverse reasons, the last survivor devises a unique defense mechanism. Linking his own memories with his partner’s, he “becomes” her persona within the system. Combining the best of their talents, he overcomes the threat and, finally, resurrects his one true love.


Ultimately, we discover the entire system is contained aboard a small space pod on an interstellar voyage. This is mankind’s last ark, sent as a cry for help to the stars during the Earth’s final moments. As it shoots through the cold infinity of the physical universe, the last two inhabitants inherit a fresh clean virtual universe, a blank canvas on which to create a new world of their own design. 


Proconnesus is both a sci-fi thriller and a love story set on a huge stage in space and time.


Fergal O’Donnell is a unique individual with a remarkable life experience. Graduating from University College Dublin with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics, he spent twenty years as a senior executive at several major technology companies. A voracious reader of fiction and non-fiction, Fergal has a diverse scientific knowledge and a love of travel and adventure. Although Irish by birth, Fergal has also lived in London, New York and Dallas. Currently, he enjoys his single malt Scotch while wearing his cowboy boots in west Texas, USA. Fergal has written many short stories and articles, and he recently completed his first novel, Proconnesus, which was a winner of the Irish Writers Centre’s debut novel contest. 


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Murder, Memoir, Murder                               Crime Fiction/Memoir       

A story of two murders, revenge and the dark secrets of neighbouring families              

Anthony Quinn         

Murder Memoir Murder is simultaneously a memoir and a crime fiction story involving a hunt for a missing IRA killer, set in the landscape of a rural parish in South Tyrone. At its core, it is a memoir, as the title suggests, but it is also a meditation on truth and storytelling. The novel investigates two true unsolved murders in my parish - one that took place in 1922 during the Irish Civil War, the other in 1983 at the height of the Northern Ireland Troubles – and the web of connections hidden in a tightly-knit community.  At the heart of this true story with fictionalised elements is a searing and honest portrait of home and how my family organised itself after the Troubles.                                      

Anthony Quinn is the author of six novels in the Celcius Daly crime series (Head of Zeus), the first novel  in the Carla Herron series (also Head of Zeus) and two historical crime novels (No Exit Press), as well as the stand alone new novel, Turncoat, due from No Exit Press in Autumn 2020.



The Lasting      Quality Commercial Fiction


R.M. Clarke


Set between the two coastlines of Marseille and southeast England, The Lasting is a novel about art and rivalry, belonging and abandonment, and the secrets that force people apart.


R.M. Clarke’s new novel is a contemporary homage to the 19th century classic novels of Hardy and the big house novels of Elizabeth Bowen. The intricacies of the big house mirror the intricacies of the relationships between Derbhaile and The O’Connells, and Clarke’s lush detail and subtle, tender insights build as the novel gains speed and hurtles towards its conclusion.


R.M. Clarke began her career as an actress in 2006, later moving into voiceover and writing. Her stories have been published in The Irish Times, Spontaneity, Losslit, The Open Pen Anthology and written for Dublin 2020. Her debut novel, The Glass Door, won the Discovery award at the Dalkey Book Festival and The Irish Writers Centre Greenbean Novel Fair 2016 and as published by Dalzell Press in 2018. She is editor of and contributor to The Broken Spiral anthology in aid of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, published in 2017 with the assistance of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature. She holds a BA and the Gold Medal in English from Trinity College Dublin. She lives in Wicklow, Ireland.


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Did She See You?                  Thriller                                        


Jason Johnson


A powerful and haunting new novel from the investigative journalist which examines how we view ourselves and the world around us, social media and mental illness.


Jason Johnson is the co-author of Slave (Ebury Press, 2018) He is also the author of four novels: Aloysius Tempo (Liberties Press, 2015), Sinker (Liberties Press, 2014), Alina (Blackstaff Press, 2006) and Woundlicker (Blackstaff Press, 2005). He lives in Belfast.


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Turncoat                          Crime Fiction/Thriller                          


Anthony Quinn


The sole survivor of a murderous ambush, a Belfast police detective is forced into a desperate search for a mysterious informer that takes him to a holy island on Lough Derg, a place shrouded in strange mists and hazy rain, where nothing is as it first appears to be


Anthony Quinn is the author of six novels in the Celcius Daly crime series (Head of Zeus), the first novel  in the Carla Herron series (also Head of Zeus) and two historical crime novels (No Exit Press), as well as the stand alone new novel, Turncoat, due from No Exit Press in Autumn 2020. He lives in Dungannon, N. Ireland.


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Peninsula           Literary Fiction   


Tanya Ravenswater


Peninsula, the second novel from published author, Tanya Ravenswater is a beautifully told love story with a dark secret at its heart.


Published by Dalzell Press in November 2020.


Tanya Ravenswater’s first novel was Jacques (BonnierZaffre, 2017). She lives in Cheshire.


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Anna’s Shadow     Women’s Contemporary/Historical Commercial Fiction             


Ingrid McCarthy


Searching for a lost love some 50 years on, Luke Miller, his son, and grieving Sofia Rossi find so much more.


Ingrid McCarthy is an indie author of several books for children and dramatic novellas for adults. The German translation of her novella, Theodor’s Choice (Theodors Entscheidung), became the bestselling book in the German historical genre on Amazon during April 2018.  She also writes novels and novellas under the pseudonym Rose D. Franklyn. She lives in Ottawa, Canada.


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The Stamp of Beauty   Quality Women’s Commercial Fiction               


Fionola Meredith  


This highly original and unsettling novel from Irish journalist, Fionola Meredith charts the course of an unlikely and deeply dysfunctional relationship between a young woman and a much older man in a contemporary setting.


Fionola Meredith is a writer, broadcaster and commentator, based in Belfast. She contributes regular features, comment pieces and reviews to the Irish Times, and writes a weekly opinion column in the Belfast Telegraph. She is also a frequent contributor to BBC Northern Ireland current affairs and discussion programmes, debating the moral, social and political issues of the day.


Sing Sisters    Quality Commercial Debut Women’s Fiction


Fionola Meredith


This brilliantly observed first novel from journalist Fionola Meredith is a darkly comic coming-of-age story centring on an all-women singing group, which dissects the complex dynamics of female friendship and the so-called ‘sisterhood’, as well as the madness of evangelical Christianity and the universal human need to belong to a group, a creed, a ‘tribe’.


Fionola Meredith is a writer, broadcaster and commentator, based in Belfast. She contributes regular features, comment pieces and reviews to the Irish Times, and writes a weekly opinion column in the Belfast Telegraph. She is also a frequent contributor to BBC Northern Ireland current affairs and discussion programmes, debating the moral, social and political issues of the day. She lives in Belfast.


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In the Shadow of Hermes                               Quality Commercial Fiction     


A Novel within a Novel


Eoin Lane


A ‘Big House’ novel with a difference, In the Shadow of Hermes begins as the imaginative concoction of the writer-narrator, Gerard, who embarks upon its telling as an escape from grief. As the story unfolds and the fictional fortunes of the eccentric 92-year-old Lady Nerine are intercut with Gerard’s diary entries, we see how the characters he has created take him on his own journey of self-discovery, awareness and, ultimately, healing.


Eoin Lane was a finalist in the 2016 Greenbean Novel Fair for In the Shadow of Hermes. He was also the fourth prize winner in the inaugural year of the RTE Frances Mac Manus Awards 1986, when James Plunkett was the head judge. (The story was later published in the accompanying anthology by Mercier Press). In 2015, Eoin was shortlisted in the same awards for his story, When Blue Snowflakes Fall. In the Shadow of Hermes is his second novel.  His first novel, Beyond the Horizon, will be published by Blackstone Publishing in 2020. He lives in Comber, N. Ireland


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Her Kind            Quality Commercial Women’s Fiction/Historical Fiction      


Tina Pisco


In the spring of 1894, a mysterious young woman arrives in a remote village in the west of Ireland. Some will love her, many will hate her, and one will fall hopelessly in love with her. But no one will be able to foresee or forestall the events and circumstances which conspire inexorably against her, leading to her downfall. Her Kind is a compellingly readable novel from a bestselling author and gifted storyteller, who engages you from the first sentence and draws you into the dark drama of a tragedy very much of its time.

Tina Pisco was born in Madrid, Spain and lived mostly in mainland Europe before moving to West Cork in 1992. She has been a professional writer for over 25 years, working across the genres of prose, poetry and drama, in fiction and non-fiction. Her two previously published bestselling novels, Only a Paper Moon and Catch the Magpie (1996 and 1999, Poolbeg Press), have been translated into five languages. An acrimonious divorce in 1996 meant that for the next decade, Tina’s focus was entirely on bringing up her four teenage children. Now that all of her daughters have grown up and left home, she has been able to return to writing again. Tina currently lives with her partner in a big house on the hill in Clonakilty, Ireland, along with two dogs and three cats.


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