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October 23, 2016




Published 27th October 2016 in Hardback by Canongate.

When Mahony returns to Mulderrig, a speck of a place on Ireland’s west coast, he brings only his handsome face, a photograph of his too-young long-lost mother and a determination to do battle with the village’s lies.
Mahnony also somehow wakes the dead from their graves,those folk who once lived here, with their foggy memories and hidden stories, floating greyly amongst the unseeing living.No one thought – living or dead – will tell Mahony what happened to the teenage mother who abandoned him as a baby. Despite Mahony’s  certainty that more than one of them knows.
Between Mulderrig’s sly priest, an implacable nurse and the caustic elderly actress throwing herself into her final village play, this beautiful and darkly comic debut novel creates in crystal-clear, musical language an unforgettable world of strange kindness, bloody violence and buried secrets.
What is being said about the novel HIMSELF
An intriguing story of family secrets and haunting.  Andrew Michael Hurley
I loved this book. It’s a magic realist murder mystery set in rural Ireland,in which the dead play as important part as the living. It’s one of those books that has you smiling as you read, and that you plan to read again very soon.
Louis de Bernieres.


I felt really sorry for Mahony that his mother abandoned him as a baby. The unpopularity and the identity of his father remains a mystery. Father McNamara handed Mahony a letter that the late Sister Veronica had left for him.  Mahony remembers all the lies that he was told in the orphanage. Sister Veronica told him that his mammy was too busy working on the docks to write.  His mammy brought him to the nuns instead of drowning him.  But Sister Mary Margaret had told Mahony a different story. Sister Mary Margaret opened the door of St Martha’s Orphanage. And there, on the steps, was a baby.



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