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Introducing Dalzell Press, the publishing arm of the Feldstein Agency. Dedicated to ensuring that all of our literary agency’s clients’ works are in print.

 

Publishing October 1st, 2018

The Glass Door                                  Literary Fiction

 

by R.M. Clarke

 

Publication Date:  October 1st, 2018

 

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This is a committed and compassionate work which I read in one sitting-it introduces a fresh new voice and I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending it to readers.I enjoyed it very much.'  Patrick McCabe

 

The Glass Door is the debut novel of author R.M. Clarke, editor of and contributor to the Dublin UNESCO supported The Broken Spiral anthology in aid of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (2017). Her debut novel, which took seven years to be published, despite winning awards and agent interest, is the story of Rosie, omniscient foetus and solitary child, who recounts her childhood memories under the hypnosis of Dr. Waters, trying to figure out why things have gone so wrong - and how to piece the broken parts of her back together. It is a haunting investigation into the deep, complex and often frightening labyrinth of the human mind, where three generations of Irish women learn to tread the difficult path of reconciling individual identity with social approval. A novel about absence and longing, and a small and fractured family trying to figure things, and each other, out, The Glass Door won the Discovery Award at the Dalkey Book Festival and The Irish Writers Centre Greenbean Novel Fair 2016. 

 

A haunting investigation into the complex labyrinth of a child's mind

 

Then the leaves whispered, the branches creaked. Something was up above, watching.

'Hello?'

 She could feel eyes upon her. She knew she was not alone anymore: 'Who’s there?'

 Then a voice came back to her: 'You found me. After all this time.'

 

Set in the 1970s and 80s between the east coast of Ireland and London, Rosie’s story unfolds as she and her mother Sandra chase her reluctant father across the sea, where he slips through their grasp and disappears, leaving emptiness in Rosie’s hand where a work-roughened palm should be. Mother and daughter are forced by failure and poverty to return home to the bitter embrace of Rosie’s grandmother, Marie, whose love for her daughter and granddaughter is poisoned by her desire for social acceptance. But the strange child Rosie grows increasingly stranger, especially at night, when her unpredictable behaviour becomes both frightening and dangerous. Sandra, coming under growing pressure, both from Marie and the society she lives in, must find a new man to take Rosie’s father’s place. But once she does things only get worse for her and Rosie. After years spent enduring an increasingly disturbed home life, everything comes to a deadly climax. 

  

The Latch to the Garden                                                        Poetry

 

Poetry from Edmond Sheehy

 

Publication Date:  October 1st, 2018

 

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The first poetry collection from native New York City poet Edmond Sheehy.

Published in July 2018

The Sugar Sugar Cafe                                           Literary Fiction

 

by Michael Sheehan

 

Publication Date:  July 23rd, 2018

 

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In a series of interlinking episodes and intertwining stories, this book looks at the lives, lived out in quiet (or not so quiet) desperation, of a cast of ‘ordinary’ individuals in a small town on the outskirts of Cork city in Ireland in the dark days after the 2008 financial crash. The action centres on The Sugar Sugar Café – a small, ‘greasy spoon’ café in Rathluirc – but encompasses other locations as far flung as Manila and New York city, as the story shifts between past and present, between comedy and tragedy, between fantasy and grim reality.

 

A bleak yet compelling narrative, told through the alternating perspectives of each of the key characters, hammers home the extent to which, for so many people, daily life is mostly taken up with a gruelling struggle to simply get by, and isolation and frustration are an inevitable part of the everyday routine. This sense of hopelessness is alleviated, however, by many moments of dark humour – and above all, by the rich and often surprising inner lives of these individuals, into which we as readers are given a privileged glimpse.

 

Dark and yet funny, tragic and yet comic, the ‘nasty, brutish and short’ lives depicted in this compelling novel are rescued from despair by the deep humanity and compassion of the writer who has conceived them.

 

 

The Confession of Peadar Gibbons                    Literary Fiction

 

By Declan Varley

 

Publication Date  3 July 2018

 

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Lorna Cuddy was used to getting feature story suggestions from her dad back home. Most centred on five-legged donkeys or the dangers of fairy forts. However, none fascinated the Pulitzer-winning, Irish-born writer, as much as this one. This time, he was part of the story. And so was she. 

 

Her dad’s childhood friend Peadar Gibbons, had, on his fiftieth birthday, walked into his local Garda police station in a west of Ireland town, saying he had some things to get off his chest. But Peadar was deemed 'harmless’, a man who had lived on the fringes of society; extra-average. Just another solitary life in a small town.

 

It was a Sunday evening. A quiet one. And tea-time in the police station. Not a time for big confessions. So the officer sent him home with the advice to ‘write it all down.’ After all, Peadar liked writing short stories, and had penned ‘posh poems that didn't rhyme’.

 

Taking down his Remington typewriter and punching out fifty chapters of a life less ordinary, Peadar would later present the Gardai with what they described as the ‘most elaborate document of admission the force had ever receive.’ Written with a frankness befitting a man who wanted to be unburdened; to be noticed though not stared at; to be talked of, not talked about. 

 

Struggling to find his way in a changing Ireland; not good enough to deserve a decent chance at home. Not confident enough to try his luck overseas.  Stuck in a life of horror, incidents, and consequences.  

 

Left with nothing but his confession.

Published in June 2018

 

Then The Walls Came Down    by Danny Morrison   

 

Danny Morrison's Classic Prison Diary 

 

“Remarkable as a human document... The flashes of humour and compassion bear comparison with those in Brendan Behan’s Borstal Boy. A must-read for anyone interested in the North - Irish Times

 

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Danny Morrison came to prominence as an activist in the Republican Movement in the 1970s before he became a recognised writer. He was imprisoned several times and twice charged with IRA membership. In 1981 he acted as spokesperson for the IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands and later coined the phrase ‘The Armalite and the Ballot Box’ to describe the republican strategy of waging armed struggle and engaging in electoral politics. He was Sinn Féin’s National Director of Publicity for eleven years and edited the party’s newspaper, An Phoblacht. He was also elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly. He escaped several attempts on his life by the British Army and loyalist paramilitaries.

 

Morrison was, in his own words, a ‘reluctant’ but enthusiastic activist, and had always wanted to be a writer. In 1990 he was arrested and charged with conspiracy to murder, kidnapping and IRA membership.

 

From prison, in a series of letters, mostly to his partner but also to friends and comrades, Morrison began to reflect on his own life, and the stalemate and impasse in the northern Irish conflict. He also began to develop his own ideas about writing and the creative process. His prison writings have been compared to those of Brendan Behan and his descriptions of the experience of imprisonment on himself, his comrades and their families are candid, sometimes deeply personal, and often very humorous.

 

Then The Walls Came Down will not only be of interest to students of politics, history, current affairs and media studies, but will also appeal to the general reader in its study of human nature and character.

 

 

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