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Stations                         Memoir/True Crime                New

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

Anthony Quinn

The book will chart my journey as I attempt to rescue from oblivion two unsolved murders in the Irish Border parish of Killeeshil in South Tyrone where I have lived for most of my life. The first, which took place in 1922, was the killing of an IRA man by his Catholic neighbours. My grandfather, who was eleven at the time, was arrested and detained by the police after they found a handkerchief covered in blood in his pocket. My grandfather was a junior member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, a politically moderate Catholic Nationalist organisation, which at the time was suspected of being behind the murder. Tensions were running high during the Civil War, and the murdered man had been blamed for inflaming the youth of the parish with his violent rhetoric and was accused of bringing grief to families. My grandfather claimed the blood was from a nose-bleed, and he was released without charge.

 

The toxic and half-buried trauma of the murder resurfaced in the parish sixty years later when an IRA gang (made up of our neighbours) held my family at gunpoint, hijacked our car and used it to murder a Protestant police officer (another neighbour). I was ten at the time, and to ensure my parents did not tip off the security forces when the IRA left, the gang leader, his ginger moustache poking out from under his balaclava, handed me a gold-coloured bullet. He warned me that the IRA would use it to shoot my father if he contacted the police before the appointed time. It was a small moment in the tumult of a mad day, but one I remember vividly. At first, I thought he wanted to shake my hand. A conscientious child, I accepted the bullet, and held it carefully until the IRA gang departed. I knew it carried an important message. I gave it to my mother who placed it in the kitchen cupboard, next to where she kept the milk money. Later that night the police took it away for forensic examination, and nobody said anything more about it.

 

Inspired by Javier Cercas' Soldiers of Salamis, my book will be a literary hunt for patterns and echoes of the unpalatable truth - the identities of the killers - as well as the tangled relationships between families and rival political factions within the Catholic community along the Irish Border. Using as its starting point the belief that the two crimes are somehow intertwined, the book will investigate the individual motives of the perpetrators, the stark choices they faced, and the web of comradeship, violence and betrayal that stretches across three generations of families. The book will also examine the bitter and controversial legacy of the IRA along the Border, a legacy which forced families into keeping secrets.

 

The opening sample chapter has me visiting Station Island, which, with its hazy rain and mists, is a great setting to start an investigation into the murky past of Northern Ireland. In the proceeding chapters (as yet unwritten), I will visit a series of funeral wakes in my home parish along the Irish Border, asking more questions and digging for the truth behind the two murders. Along the way, I will meet old school friends, former teachers, elderly neighbours and ex-IRA men, as well as a shadowy journalist, who is also probing for the truth. At some points in the narrative, reality and fiction will blur. The book will be a meditation on the silences and evasions that lie at the heart of a tightly knit community, as well as an exploration of the way in which stories are sometimes told to create illusions rather than keep the truth intact.

 

Anthony J Quinn is the critically acclaimed author of nine crime novels, including his debut Disappeared, which was a Daily Mail Crime Novel of the Year, and was picked by the Sunday Times as one of the Best Books of the Year. His work has been longlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year and shortlisted for a Strand Literary Award in the US, as well as two Hennessy Irish Writing Awards. He teaches Creative Writing at Queen's University Belfast and is currently Writer-in-Residence for County Cavan, Ireland. 

 

Author’s Home: Dungannon, N. Ireland                                          World Rights

 

American Life in Opera                                              Music                  New

and the Richard Tucker Music Foundation

 

Encounters with opera stars and winners of the Richard Tucker Award and Career Grants, and the Sara Tucker Study Grants

 

Maria-Cristina Necula

 

Following the mission and model of her Life in Opera (Amadeus Press, 2009), Necula proposes to continue the candid conversations with internationally-renowned opera stars about living and working in the opera world, but with a focus this time on American singers. The Richard Tucker Foundation has provided financial support, professional exposure, and performance opportunities to American singers for over forty years, through its annual Richard Tucker Award, Richard Tucker Career Grants, and Sara Tucker Study Grants. Over one hundred and seventy singers—among which are Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee, Deborah Voigt, Richard Leech—have benefitted from the generosity of the Foundation. It is from this roster of award winners that she will select her interviewees, and the conversations will be exclusive to this book.

 

She will also highlight the changes that have taken place in the opera world in the past decade, since the publication of Life in Opera. Technology has exerted a major impact on the operatic art form, especially on singers and the development of their craft and careers. The “Live in HD” transmissions, satellite radio broadcasts, social media, live streaming, and an increasingly rapid pace of rehearsal, travel, performances, camera exposure, and other public appearances have redefined what it means to be a successful singer today. American singers bring a certain pragmatism to their operatic careers, and for the most part, eschew the stereotypical opera superstar antics. In today’s world, this no-nonsense approach has come to be highly appreciated, and it is important to underline the contributions that American singers have made to the business of opera, not only in the United States, but also globally.

 

Potential Interviewees include June Anderson, Dwayne Croft, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Deborah Voigt and thirty more:

 

Maria-Cristina Necula’s published work includes Life in Opera: Truth, Tempo and Soul (Amadeus Press, 2009); two translations: Molière’s The School for Wives (performed at Canterbury Christ Church University, U.K.)  and Europe à la carte; two poetry chapbooks: The Bliss Delusion Tango and Shadows and Miracles; and over forty articles and interviews in Classical Singer Magazine, Das Opernglas, Studies in European Cinema, and Opera News. A classically trained singer, she has performed in the New York City area at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Florence Gould Hall, and the Westchester Broadway Theatre, among other venues. She has conducted presentations on opera at various conferences at The Graduate Center, CUNY, UCLA Southland, and for the Italian language program at the City College of New York. Maria-Cristina has recently completed her doctoral degree in the Comparative Literature Ph.D. program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Fluent in six languages, she has also studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, and the University of Vienna in Austria. She has obtained an M.A. in English Studies from Lehman College, CUNY, and a B.A. in Languages and Culture/Music from Purchase College, SUNY.

 

Author’s Home: White Plains, NY                                                     World Rights

 

#Survivor      Self-help, Personal Development, Mental Health, MBS             New

 

Ann Bracken    

 

Leading expert in the field of trauma recovery and published author, Ann Bracken sets out a comprehensive, holistic and innovative approach to overcoming the damaging impact of abuse, whether emotional, sexual or physical. As someone who suffered childhood abuse herself, Bracken is also uniquely qualified in another very important way to bring the empathy, understanding and real sense of hope that only a fellow survivor can offer to others. In this book, she will dispense for the first time with the professional mantel of the psychotherapist to share her personal experiences and hard-won insights in an inspiring and hugely life-affirming way.

 

Ann Bracken has many years of experience as a specialist Fertility Counsellor/Coach and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. She qualified in Mind/Body Programme Training (specific to fertility support) with Dr Alice Domar, Associate Professor and specialist in Mind Body Medicine at Harvard University. Ann is also a teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. She has worked at Ireland’s largest fertility clinic SIMS IVF as part of the worldwide Virtus Health Group. Ann also managed the fertility counselling service at the renowned Lister Fertility Clinic in London and has an online fertility coaching and counselling service. Her first book, Mind Body Baby, was published in 2016 by Yellow Kite.

 

Author’s Home:  Wicklow Ireland                                  World Rights

Yogi Mama: A Revolution in Mothering                           Parenting/MBS               New        

Mind, Body, Spirit and Science

 

Joanna Parkin

 

What if our modern mainstream methods of caring for babies were proven to be potentially damaging? What if the cot, the pram, formula and feeding bottles were proven to be inferior to methods that best supported an infant's optimal brain development and lifelong mental and physical health?

 

Yogi Mama takes an in depth look at the history of our modern childcare practices, the latest science from world leading experts into why our mainstream methods can potentially cause harm and a detailed look into how our babies ideally should sleep, feed and be carried if they're to truly thrive in all realms of life.

 

A guide to conscious, more compassionate parenting, drawing on a wealth of recent scientific research which supports natural parenting methods, and shows that many of our mainstream modern practices are not necessarily in our babies’ best interests.

 

Joanna Parkin, 39, is a mother of one, and the founder of the London antenatal group, Yogi Mamas, which is devoted to preparing mind, body and spirit for motherhood and providing education on child development and conscious parenting practices.

 

As a UK leader for Attachment Parenting International, a member of the Association for Infant Mental Health UK (AIMH) and a partner of the charity, What About The Children (who are currently collaborating on the Yogimama App), Joanna has access to the very latest scientific research into child development and wellbeing, and is passionate about promoting more compassionate parenting practices in the belief that how we nurture our children during their first three years of life has an enormous impact on the type of adults these children become and their subsequent impact on society.

 

Author’s Home: London                                                World Rights

A Little Treasury of Mindfulness                         MBS                  New

 

Tips and Techniques for Every Day

 

Paddy Brosnan

 

This new proposal from published author and mindfulness expert, Paddy Brosnan (This Works: How to Use Mindfulness to Calm the Hell Down and Just Be Happy, Hay House, 2018) is based on the idea of a ‘treasury’ of mindfulness. The image the author had was of someone opening a treasure chest and rummaging around to find whatever they might need at a given moment – and perhaps in the process, discovering a lot of other unexpected, delightful and useful ideas for living mindfully. A collection of simple yet precious resources which would enhance readers’ lives and add to the quality of their everyday experiences.

 

We envisage this as a little book of useful and engaging resources and tips which could serve as a kind of companion volume for readers of This Works and other key books in the field – for those new to mindfulness and those who have been practising for some time. We see it as a small-format, beautifully designed little volume, which could be carried in a pocket or handbag, to be dipped into at random moments during the day, to help readers bring mindfulness into their daily lives.

 

What distinguishes this proposal from other “little books” on mindfulness is that it is hands on, practical and very useful, providing 48 concise entries for modern living, in a short, gift-book format, presenting a ‘lighter’, ‘shorter-and-snappier’ approach to more in-depth books on mindfulness, such as This Works and other such titles currently on the market. We’d envisage one page per entry (see Content, below), with approx. 48 entries, plus very brief preliminary and concluding chapters on the ‘mechanics’ of mindfulness. So, approximately, 25 – 30k of text, and, ideally, each entry featuring one of four different mindfulness approaches, one illustration and an inspirational quote per page/entry

 

Paddy Brosnan is a mindfulness teacher and inspirational speaker. A committed Buddhist, he has practiced mindfulness for 14 years and has been teaching for over four years. Paddy was born in 1970 in County Kildare near Dublin. He worked as a radio presenter, a financial advisor to high net-worth clients all over Europe, and finally as a dog groomer, before experiencing a radical shift in the way he wanted to live his life. Around this time, he discovered the practice of mindfulness and it resonated with him immediately. After practicing mindfulness and working on developing his awareness for over a decade, Paddy has gone on to teach thousands of people in Ireland and internationally, through his workshops and retreats. He now lives in Meath, Ireland with his wife Faye and their two young sons.

 

Paddy’s first book, This Works: How to Use Mindfulness to Calm the Hell Down and Just Be Happy was published by Hay House in October 2018.

 

Author’s Home: Meath, Ireland                                 World Rights

 

The Musical Offering                                       Music                       New

 

Why the Musical Calling Matters                 

 

John Kennedy

 

The Musical Offering is a meditation on the power of music and the pursuit of a musical life, providing a platform for musical activism in today’s world. Amidst profound shifts in cultural values and a rapidly changing musical landscape, the book affirms the values inherent in musical practice and why music is a performative form of social action.

 

Drawn in two parts consisting of nine chapters or movements, The Musical Offering reflects on the work of becoming a musician and how to define and sustain a personal practice (Part I – Practice), as well as ways to meaningfully position and assert a practice as activism in today’s world (Part II – Philosophy). Together, these form a new paradigm of “practice philosophy” for today’s musician.

 

Partly inspired by the ethos of texts from other disciplines such as Lewis Hyde’s The Gift, and Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit, The Musical Offering examines topics such as creativity, technique, and social responsibility through the particular lens of music. It delves into the human relationship with music, the vagaries of the music industry, and evolves post-Cagean sensibilities on the ecology of music, music as a form of environmental consciousness, music as an expression of love, and music as a spiritual practice.

 

The Musical Offering has a large, primary audience of both professional and amateur musicians, music teachers, and students – anyone who may have experienced and delved into musical pursuits. Yet it has an additional potential audience for those who simply love music as listeners or casual practitioners, as well as those who may find parallels with other creative and artistic pursuits.

 

John Kennedy is a widely-known and renowned conductor, composer, and musician. With a legacy of artistic leadership, fuelled by creativity and experimentalism, Kennedy has led acclaimed performances worldwide in opera, orchestral, dance, and new music, from New York’s Lincoln Center Festival, to the leading festivals of Europe and Asia. As the Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities for Spoleto Festival USA since 2011, Kennedy is acclaimed for his imaginative programming linking music of all eras, as well as illuminating performances of contemporary music. A prolific composer whose work has been hailed for its beauty, strangeness, and communicative capacity, Kennedy is a devoted agent of music as a living cultural force.

 

Author Home: Berkeley, California                                                     World Rights

 

 

MY BCRA Journey:                                                          Health/Cookery/Lifestyle

 

How my life-long passion for food helped me survive

 

Karyn Booth

 

This inspiring and incredibly uplifting part-memoir, part recipe book charts one woman’s quest to face up to and face down the genetic timebomb she has been handed, and recounts her battle to take control of her own health while continuing to look after her teenage children and her extended family as well as she always has.

 

In January 2016, Karyn Booth, a highly successful professional food stylist and a divorced mum of two teenage boys, received the devastating news that she carries the BCRA 2 gene mutation, meaning she has a high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

 

In one sense, the test result was not a complete shock – there was a history of cancer in Karyn’s family on her father’s side. Her paternal great grandmother, Mary had died from ovarian cancer; her grandmother, Joanie had been diagnosed with breast cancer in her late 40s, which, thankfully, she survived; one of Karyn’s aunts (her father’s eldest sister) had died of breast cancer. When Karyn’s aunt Sarah was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003, it was recommended that all females within the family should contact a family history genetic clinic. Karyn and her sisters duly did this, and signed up to the annual screening programme which was on offer. However, they each decided to put off having the gene test, dreading the consequences of a positive BRCA result, which would include having to decide whether to have the radical risk-reducing surgery normally recommended.

 

When however, in 2013, the family learned that Karyn’s father had oesophageal cancer, her genetic consultant told her that she couldn’t bury her head in the sand any longer – she had to get the gene test done, and, if the result was positive, take the necessary action to spare the family circle any further heartache.

 

The positive BRCA 2 result was the beginning of a very tough journey for Karyn, and over the next few years, she faced a series of difficult challenges and life changes. She elected to have both risk-reducing surgeries in rapid succession – in April 2017, she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed; in June 2017 she had a double mastectomy. After the first procedure, she found herself plunged into early menopause. She had to see herself through the recovery process while trying to keep her working life on track and continue to be a caring mum to her two teenage sons. After the second procedure, she had to begin to deal with the psychological impact of losing both of her breasts, while having to negotiate key choices about further related surgery – which she now faces in the summer of 2018.

 

Throughout this process, Karyn was forced to reassess other, more general aspects of her lifestyle – including her diet, her relationship with food and her attitude to exercise. She also found herself questioning many things in her life on a profound level – including her close relationships and whether these were truly contributing to her health and well-being.  ‘There is nothing quite like a good dose of fear to make you look deep into yourself, and ask questions you never thought you would. It’ll change you, but I suppose it’s up to you whether you allow this change to be a positive or a negative thing.’ 

  

Food has been a life-long passion for Karyn, from her days as a star catering student at The Ritz in London, where very early on, she was called upon to prepare an afternoon tea for the Royal family, to her current work as a food stylist at the top of her game, taking on assignments like recreating a medieval banquet for a key scene on Game of Thrones (where she worked on-set as chief food consultant for four seasons). Unsurprisingly, then, food has played a very important role at every stage of her BRCA journey. As Karyn puts it herself: ‘Food is such a vital part of my life that I can’t tell this story without including it and the way it helped me overcome the many challenges I’ve faced.’

 

When the genetic consultant told Karyn that for the sake of her health, it was crucial to reduce her weight dramatically, she was forced to acknowledge her own unhealthy eating habits and indeed her emotional relationship with food. And she was deeply embarrassed when she consulted a website about healthy eating recommended by her doctor, only to find that the recipes featured there were ones she had written herself when consulting for the Public Health Agency! By making simple yet effective changes, and without starving or depriving herself, Karyn would go on to lose five stone over the next few years.

 

What becomes clear in the telling of this story is that food is not just a professional passion for Karyn – above and beyond this, and far more importantly, it represents for her a way of expressing love for those she cares about. She will tell us how she helped her father recover from cancer by preparing delicious ‘mini portions’ of all his favourite dishes. She will describe how, as a way of showing her teenage sons that she was still there for them even while she recovered from the surgeries, she spent long days prior to her hospital stays, cooking and freezing healthy but delicious meals the boys could prepare for themselves with the flick of a microwave button. She will share mouth-watering recipes for the cakes, cookies and ‘the stickiest of sticky buns’ which she brings along to her weekly sessions with the Lagan Dragons (a Dragon boat team of women cancer survivors) and which they enjoy with steaming mugs of tea after a Saturday morning of furious rowing on Belfast’s river Lagan.

 

Karyn’s courage, her zest for life, her self-deprecating humour and her capacity for love will astound you; her passion for food and her ability to create mouth-watering yet nourishing recipes will delight you. Although cancer touches the lives of so many of us, you don’t have to be affected by it, either as an individual or within your family circle, to gain a great deal in the reading of this book – including the inspiration to change your life for the better, and a wealth of fantastic ideas for providing yourself and those you love with healthy, balanced and yet truly delicious meals.

 

Karyn Booth is a mum of two teenage boys, a freelance food stylist, home economist and cookery writer. Her work mainly involves creating food for film, television commercials, magazines and food packaging. She was the home economist and food stylist on Game of Thrones for four years. Other film work includes High Rise, Dracula Untold, Your Highness, Shooting for Socrates, The Wiper Times, Frankenstein Chronicles and My Mother and Other Strangers.

 

Karyn qualified as a chef from the Belfast College of Business Studies, and developed an eye for detail while working as a pastry chef in The Ritz Hotel in London. Passion, creative flair and ability to work under pressure led her to Roscoff in Belfast, where she worked with Paul Rankin. A decision to return to London was prompted by a job offer at The House of Albert Roux, and then followed by 18 months at Sir Terence Conran’s restaurant, Sartoria. Finally, she spent two years working with leading party caterer, Linda Artus, before returning to her native Belfast. Some of Linda’s well-known clients have included Mick Jagger, Lord Linley, the Spice Girls and Elton John.

 

Karyn has written recipes for Sainsbury’s, Lidl and the NI Livestock and Meat Commission, among many others, including a book for Forest Feast. Most recently she helped to found the Belfast Cookery School, where she runs two classes per month.

 

Author’s Home:  Belfast, N. Ireland                                                                           World Rights

Afraid of the Dark           Mental Health/Parenting/Lifestyle                        

 

Jonny McCambridge

 

In May 2013, 39-year-old Jonny McCambridge had a beautiful wife and a newborn son, a top job in Northern Irish journalism and a very bright future in the media industry. Two months later, in the early hours of an August Sunday morning, an emergency doctor was offering him the choice of being forcibly sectioned, or of voluntarily accepting admission to the acute psychiatric ward of the local hospital – the euphemistically named ‘Ward 12’. How had Jonny’s seemingly perfect life so dramatically fallen apart?

 

After a brief few months of recovery and a premature return to work, he managed to struggle on for almost three years before his distress levels became critical again, and he was forced to confront the reality – that something, somewhere, had to give. In May 2017, Jonny made the decision to leave work, and abandon a career he’d been building for over 20 years, and look after his young son, James, full-time, as a ‘stay-at-home’ dad.

 

By turns poignant, heartbreakingly sad and side-achingly funny, this book charts one man’s journey through the struggles of mental illness and the challenges of new parenthood.

 

‘This is not a guidebook or a manual – about how to be a perfect parent or about how to heal yourself from depression; nor does it advocate walking away from a corporate existence in search of a deeper, simpler meaning to life. It is simply a series of things that happened to me. How I suffered a breakdown. How I overcame the terror of losing my freedom as a patient in a psychiatric ward. How I became the world's least likely blogger. How I dealt with trolls (who named me ‘The Little Snowflake’). How I somehow ended up in demand from broadcasters as an 'expert' on parenting. How I embraced alternative medicine. How I was told I might be the world's greatest psychic. How I ended up being investigated by social services as an unfit father. How I tried to build a new life. How in the darkest moments, I learnt to always find something to laugh about.’

 

Yet while the author does not claim to have the definitive answer to any of the challenges he faces, his story in the telling will deeply resonate with a very wide range of readers – young fathers, young mothers, and anyone, who deep down and perhaps unacknowledged even to themselves, feels ‘crushed by the responsibility of being a parent’; anyone who has ever suffered from anxiety, depression and low self-esteem; any of us who has ever questioned the ‘relentless path’ of the life our society has prescribed for us, and who sometimes wonders what on earth it’s all about.

 

Jonny McCambridge writes the way all really good journalists do – at a cracking pace, with an eye for pertinent detail and not a wasted word. His pithy, at times almost terse style belies the intensity of the experiences he relates; the economy of language reflects a complete lack of self-pity; and his dry, laconic humour only adds to the poignancy of the extreme emotional states he talks about.

 

Jonny McCambridge was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland in 1974. After university, he trained as a journalist and worked in the NI media industry for almost two decades, holding a number of senior editorial positions, including at the Belfast Telegraph, among them security correspondent, news editor and deputy editor.

 

In 2016, Jonny gave up daily newspaper journalism to concentrate on looking after his son. He continues working as a journalist on a freelance basis, while also delivering media consultancy and communications training. He is a regular contributor on local and national radio as a commentator on parenting and social and mental health issues. In 2017 he launched the popular blog, What’s a Daddy For? He lives in Hillsborough, Northern Ireland, with his wife and young son.

 

Author’s Home:   Hillsborough, N. Ireland                                                        World Rights      

 

 

 

Morphine: The Blessing, The Curse           Narrative  Non-Fiction/Memoir                  

Dr Liam Farrell
 
Morphine is a double-edged sword. Due to its unique ability to control pain, every one of us will one day need it, but it has extracted a terrible price on both individuals and society. In this book, Dr Liam Farrell, family doctor, writer and broadcaster – and former morphine addict – explores the history and the science of the drug that almost destroyed him.
 
This highly unusual narrative will combine a lively, factual approach to the scientific and cultural chronology of the relationship between humanity and ‘the tears of the poppy’, with powerful personal testimony which draws on the author’s own experiences of morphine dependency and his battle to overcome that addiction. As a family doctor who, later in his career, specialised in Palliative Medicine, and subsequently became a postgraduate tutor tasked with educating other doctors in the use of morphine for pain relief in terminally ill patients, he was well-versed in all aspects of this potent drug – including the associated risks of addiction.
 
However, as he demonstrates forcibly throughout the book, familiarity is no defense when it comes to a drug like morphine. Hence the narrative will take us on two parallel journeys, whose paths will frequently converge.
 
In an objective, investigative vein, the author will explore how morphine become so important and why it is so effective. We will look at the discovery of the opium poppy and its properties: the astonishing cosmic accident whereby an obscure plant produces substances mimicking the natural chemicals in the human body which block pain. We will follow the chronology of the drug’s adoption by the medical profession for the relief of pain, especially in terminal illness. We will review the evolution of the recreational use of the drug and its place in our cultural history.
 
Punctuating this narrative, the author will recount his own experiences of the drug: firstly as a doctor and then also as a distressed relative, witnessing the seemingly magical relief which can morphine bring to the intense physical suffering of the terminally ill. Then, as a user, he will describe his first experience, the all-too-transient euphoria of the hit and, with habitual use, the tyranny of diminishing returns which the drug imposes on the addict, almost from the first time.
 
Returning to factual mode, we will look at the science behind the physiology of addiction, and the reasons why morphine dependency is so hard to break, both physically and psychologically. Again, the author will interject with his own experiences of withdrawal and what is involved in the battle to get clean. His testimony offers a graphic exposition of the truth that, relatively speaking, getting clean is the easy part – it is staying clean that represents the real, most visceral challenge. We will look at methods of rehabilitation used in different cultures and countries, and consider which of these might be the most effective, given that the traditional medical approach to drug addiction in this country has its flaws.
 
Ultimately, this book offers a message of hope and redemption – that addicts can get better, and that, with the right support, recovery in wider terms is also possible, and relationships with family, friends and society at large can survive, and even thrive, after the decimation of addiction. The author himself has been clean for five years – although he continues to take life ‘one day at a time’ . . .
 
Dr Liam Farrell, 57, is a former family doctor, an award-winning writer and a seasoned broadcaster. He has been a columnist for the British Medical Journal for 20 years and currently writes for GP, the leading publication for general practitioners in the UK. He has also been a columnist for The Lancet, the Journal of General Practice, the Belfast Telegraph and the Irish News. He wrote the entry on sex for The Oxford Companion to the Body. On Twitter he curates #Irishmed, a weekly ‘tweetchat’ for his 11.8k followers on all things relating to Irish medicine, north and south.  He is the author of Are You the F**king Doctor, Dalzell Press, 2018.

 

Author’s Home: Rostrevor, N. Ireland                         World Rights

 

 

Carsten Krieger Photography

 

 
Carsten Krieger Photography Projects:
 
Wild Ireland
 
This book will combine a natural history guide and a coffee table style photo book and will be equally aimed at visitors to Ireland as well as nature enthusiasts.

Apart from the natural history of various habitats and locations the book will also look at climate change, how it already influences flora and fauna and possible future scenarios. Text and images will feature in equal amounts. All images will be especially made for this book. The majortity of the images will be made with high resolution medium format cameras for best possible image quality.
 

Introduction:

Wild Ireland?The introduction will give a detailed natural history of Ireland from the formation of the bedrock, ice ages, arrival of flora and fauna, human influences on landscapes and wildlife as possible effects of climate change and other environmental problems on the future of Ireland’s landscape and its inhabitants.

The Burren

This chapter will feature one of Ireland’s most enigmatic landscapes and will focus on the geology and flora of the area. The Burren National Park will also be featured here.

Rocky Shores

This chapter will have a look at the flora and fauna of rocky shores, one of the most densely populated habitats on the planet. Special focus will be given to the relationships within the various shore communities and how the plants and animals deal with the challenges of this tough habitat.

The Shannon Estuary

The estuary of the river Shannon stretches for some 100 kilometers and hosts a variety of wildlife. This chapter will have a look at the natural history, flora and fauna of Ireland’s largest river estuary and explore the impact of industry and shipping traffic on this fragile environment.

Wildflowers Then and Now

While this chapter will deal with wildflowers in general, their different habitats, their folklore and possible medicinal uses, the focus will be on the disappearing hay meadows and the impact this had and has on wildlife.

Killarney National Park and the Woodland Heritage

This chapter will feature the history of Ireland’s woodlands and will explore what is left of them now. The chapter will introduce key species of the forest and how they form the community we know as forest. Killarney National Park with its ancient woodlands will feature also in this chapter.

Hedgerows

Hedgerows are a vital habitat for many plants and animals in the midst of Ireland’s agricultural landscape. This chapter will present a natural history of the hedgerows, introduce some hey species and have a look at the future of this habitat.

The Marble Arch

The Marble Arch Caves and the surrounding area hosts a wide variety of habitats including caves, meadows, woodland, blanket bog and limestone karst. This chapter will explore this lesser known area of Ireland.

Top of the World

This chapter will have a look at Ireland’s mountains, their formation and their flora and fauna. This chapter will feature Connemara National Park, Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glenveagh National Park.

Beautiful Wetlands

Wetlands make up the majority of Ireland’s countryside. This chapter will look at the natural history of blanket bog, raised bog, fens, heath, etc., explore their flora and fauna and the influences humankind had on this habitat over the centuries. This chapter will also feature Ballycroy National Park

The Shannon Callows

The Shannon Callows are one of the last intact floodplains in Europe and are important for a variety of birds, both in summer and winter, and hosts a rich plant and insect population. Tis chapter will look at the natural history of the Callows and its flora and fauna.

A Seabird’s Life

Ireland’s coast hots some of the world’s biggest seabird colonies, e.g. on Little Skellig and the Great Saltee. This chapter will explore the various colonies and introduce the most common seabirds.

 

A tale of two coasts

The Copper Coast in the south and the Antrim coast in the north are two of the geologically most interesting parts of Ireland. This chapter will have a close look at the geology of these areas and introduce Ireland’s various types of rocks in the process. 

 
Ireland's Food Year - A culinary journey

 

Ireland's Food Year will explore the food produced in Ireland through the seasons.
From the ubiquitous cattle and sheep, fruit and vegetables to the wild foods, the book will explore in words and photographs the best that Ireland has to offer.


Each chapter will be dedicated to one season and feature what is grown and what can be harvested during the season. In addition, a selection of seasonal recipes will feature in each chapter as well as tips for the private gardener,fruit and vegetable grower and smallholder.

 

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, Ireland’s Coast (O’Brien Press, 2012) and The Irish Wildlife Year (Gill & Macmillan, 2012). His latest book,  Ireland'sWild Atlantic Way, was published by The O'Brien Press in 2015. His next two books, Ireland's Ancient East and Ireland's Beautiful North were published in 2017. Forthcoming are Ireland's Islands and The Shannon.

 

Author’s Home: County Clare, Ireland                    World Rights

 

 

101 Excuses ™        Humour
 
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 Excusesand many more.

 

101 Curling Excuses is available as a printed book and an e book in the USA, UK and Canada: Click here: 101 Curling Excuses

 

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