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West Wicklow’s Wizard Writer

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Full title: So You Want to be a Wizard [a novel]

Creator / Author: Diane Duane

Item Type / Page count: Book / 386p

When Published: 1983 and later

Publisher / Place of Publication: Magic Carpet Books Harcourt Inc. / San Diego, USA

About: This is a fantasy novel for young adults and the first in the Young Wizards Series.  The main character, Nita, is having some problems with bullies. However, when she comes across a certain book in the library it leads to all kinds of adventures. When your family have read all the Harry Potters, this book and the others in the series might just cast an enchanting spell.

ID number(s): 9780152162504

Chapters: Prologue — Preliminary Exercises — Research and Development — Temporospatial Claudications: use and abuse – Exocontinual Protocols — Entropics: detection and avoidance — Contractual Magic: an introduction – Major Wizardries: termination and recovery — Timeheart.

WW Connection #1: Diane Duane is a prolific science fiction and fantasy writer and the recipient of several awards. She is American by birth but has been living in the West Wicklow area for many years. She has written dozens of books, short stories, television and film screenplays (including Star Trek), comics, graphic novels and computer games content.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “Part of the problem, Nita thought as she tore desperately down Rose Avenue, is that I can’t keep my mouth shut…”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #4: Some editions include a preview of ‘Deep Wizardry’, the second book in the series.

Extra #5: Link to Diane Duane’s website

Extra #6: Read all about Diane Duane on Wikipedia

Hat-Tip: To author Diane Duane for listing her works here, thus saving this blogger from possible carpal tunnel complications.

Berlin Beckons for Baltinglass Detective

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Full title: The City of Lies: a Stefan Gillespie novel

Creator / Author: Michael Russell

Item Type / Page count: Book / 355p

When Published: 2017

Publisher / Place of Publication: Constable / Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ.

About: This is the fourth book in a series of historical crime fiction featuring the West Wicklow based Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie. A number of deadly incidents in 1940 entangles our hero in the intelligence services of Ireland, Britain and Germany and the action gets serious when he is dispatched to Berlin on a sensitive mission.

ID number(s): 9781472121974

WW Connection #1: The hometown of the main character is given as Baltinglass.

WW Connection #2: The author is a resident of the Baltinglass / Kiltegan area.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “The town of Dunlavin sits on the edge of the great, flat pan of fields and fens that make up a large part of the middle of Ireland…”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

A Detective Locklear Mystery (1)

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Full title: The Pact [a novel]

Creator / Author: Carol Coffey

Item Type / Page count: Book / 312p

When Published: 2018

Publisher / Place of Publication: Poolbeg Crimson / Poolbeg Press 123 Grange Hill, Baldoyle, Dublin 13.

About: This novel marks a new departure for the author as it is her first detective novel. It introduces Sergeant Locklear, a Native American who is a homicide detective with the Richmond Police Department. Locklear and his colleagues set about investigating the attempted murder of a young Mennonite, but without the co-operation of locals, things become increasingly difficult. The book is the first of a series featuring Sergeant Locklear.

ID number(s): 9781781998199

WW Connection #1: The author lives in the Baltinglass area of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening line: ‘The 5 a.m. call from Lieutenant Alex Kowalski had woken Locklear from a fitful night’s rest…..’

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for editions of this publication in libraries worldwide.

A Sisterly Saga

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Full title: Winter Flowers [a novel]

Creator / Author: Carol Coffey

Item Type / Page count: Book / 322p

When Published: 2011

Publisher / Place of Publication: Poolbeg Press / 123 Grange Hill, Baldoyle, Dublin 13.

About: Two sisters, but many secrets. Iris and Hazel must come to terms with their past before a settled future can ever be contemplated. A novel of family relationships that mixes despair with hope. Can there be a ‘happy ever after’ for one or both of the sisters?

ID number(s): 9781842235027 / 9781842234587

WW Connection #1: The author lives in the Baltinglass area of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening line: “Iris Fay, are you in there?” The man’s voice boomed from outside the rundown shop as he knocked heavily on the door.’

Extra #2: Some editions include a preview of the first chapter of the book ‘The Penance Room’, written by the same author.

Extra #3: The novel has been translated into German.

Extra #4: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #5: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for editions of this publication in libraries worldwide.

Baltinglass Detective Reigns in Spain

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Full title: The City in Darkness: a Stefan Gillespie novel

Creator / Author: Michael Russell

Item Type / Page count: Book / 338p

When Published: 2016

Publisher / Place of Publication: Constable / Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ.

About: This is the third book in a series of historical crime fiction featuring the West Wicklow based Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie. The action ranges from the Wicklow Mountains through Dublin and on to Spain and Portugal. The book is set in the early 1940’s which allows the author scope to use Second World War Europe and the ‘Emergency’ period in Ireland as backdrop to the story.

ID number(s): 9781472121929 / 9781472121912 / 9781472121943

WW Connection #1: The hometown of the main character is given as Baltinglass.

WW Connection #2: The author is a resident of the Baltinglass / Kiltegan area.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “There was barely a whisper of mist on the Upper Lake, a softness in the air where the water rippled among reeds and lapped on the pebble beach at the eastern end…”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #4: Read a review of this book courtesy of Irish Examiner newspaper

Confessions of John Charles McNulty

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Full title: The Temporary Gentleman [a novel]

Creator / Author: Sebastian Barry

Item Type / Page count: Book / 270p

When Published: 2014

Publisher / Place of Publication: Faber & Faber Limited / Bloomsbury House, 74-77 Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DA

About: Jack McNulty, the narrator in this novel, is a Sligo-born, ex-British Army soldier who finds himself in Africa to where he was posted during World War II. It is 1957 and he really wants to return home to Sligo. However, what is it that prevents him from returning? Does the setting down of the story of his somewhat dissolute life allow us to confer some kind of redemption on him?

ID number(s): 9780571276967 / 9780571276998

WW Connection #1: Author has resided in West Wicklow, including the Tinahely area.

Extra #1: Opening lines: ‘It’s a beautiful night and no mistake. You would never think there was a war somewhere’…….

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #4: Link to the Publisher’s website.

The Samurai Wars Book One

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Full title: The Black Lotus [a novel]

Creator / Author: Kieran Fanning

Item Type / Page count: Book / 313p

When Published: 2015

Publisher / Place of Publication: Chicken House / 2 Palmer Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1DS, United Kingdom.

About: A fantasy book aimed at younger teenagers. The characters Ghost, Cormac and Kate all have special and unusual abilities and talents. They become recruits of a training school for ninjas called The Black Lotus. Their talents are called upon sooner than they could have imagined in an adventure that ranges over different time periods and different locations. This book is the first in The Samurai Wars series.

ID number(s): 9781909489929

WW Connection #1: The author is a native of Stratford-on-Slaney in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening lines: ‘Ghost winced with every step. He hated wearing shoes. This was his first pair and, according to his friend, Squint, they were handmade and had cost a fortune.…..

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #4: Link to the Author’s website

Extra #5: Link to the Publisher’s website

A Novel Take on Family History

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Full title: A Journey in Time [a novel]

Creator / Author: Maureen Francis Doyle

Item Type / Page count: Book / 387p [also available as an e-book]

When Published: 2015

Publisher / Place of Publication: Outskirts Press Inc. / 10940 S. Parker Rd., 515 Parker, Colorado 80134, U.S.A.

About: This is a novel of Ireland, of famine, of emigration and of new lives forged in foreign lands. Using her personal family history and scaffolding the narrative with actual historical events the author, Maureen Francis Doyle, has created an utterly believable story. Her great grandfather, John Doyle, left Ireland in 1848, never to return. This book is one imagined scenario of his subsequent experiences. Numerous descendants of the Irish diaspora could have a similar story to tell, but it is doubtful if many could render it so skilfully and in such compelling fashion.

ID number(s): 9781478758709

Chapters: [Part I] A Note Before You Begin the Journey – Wicklow, Ireland – Thomas and Winfred – Samuel and Charlotte Castleford & The Lord Fitzpatrick Estate – Typhoid Fever – Time to Leave Ireland – The Shillelagh Workhouse – Probationary Ward and Employment — Journey to the Ship. [Part II] Sailing to America – Liverpool – Life at Sea – Quebec – The Orphan House – The Journey Continues – Kingston. [Part III] Arrival – The Farm – Potash and Settling in – Challenges – The Auction – The Family Arrives – A New Life – Grand Trunk Railroad & the First Real Christmas — The Wedding – A New Family and War – Newburgh Academy – William – The Keilty Saloon – The Boxing Match / William’s Departure – Joseph and Mary Francis – John – A Note on History by Jim Rees.

WW Connection #1: The family of the real-life John Doyle lived in the Coolkenno / Shillelagh area of in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “There is nothing colder than an Irish winter. John stood in the frigid air pulling his thin coat around him feeling the cold seep through the cloth….”

Extra #2: Link to the author’s website and blog.

Extra #3: Link to the Publisher’s website

Extra #4: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #5: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Hat-Tip: To the author, Maureen Francis Doyle, for making the book available for viewing prior to listing on this blog.

Constable Commits Murder in Dunlavin

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Full title: Running with crows: the life and death of a Black and Tan [a novel]

Creator / Author: DJ Kelly

Item Type / Page count: Book / 284p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: FeedARead Publishing / United Kingdom

About: This novel is based on a real life person, Constable William Mitchell. He was the only member of the British Crown Forces to be sentenced to death for murder during the War of Independence in Ireland. In this book, the author explores the scenarios around the murder incident and the politics of the era which made Mitchell’s 1921 execution an inevitability.

ID number(s): 9781782991861

Chapters: Foreword – Acknowledgements – The Joy – Monto – Wild Irish Rose – Bermondsey Days – The Mutton Lancers – The Dog and the Rabbit — Mutton Curry – Mutton Chops – The Somme – Rouenation – Alice – The Wicklow Warriors – A Dead Man’s Hat – The Second Man – As the Crow Flies – Epilogue.

WW Connection #1: William Mitchell was a temporary constable in the RIC and stationed in Dunlavin in West Wicklow. He was convicted of the murder of local magistrate, Robert Dixon of Milltown, Dunlavin.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “The sorry ruins of Dublin’s elegant Custom House smouldered still on the quayside, yet the black waters of the Liffey lapped by unconcernedly. The sun was rising and wary citizens began to appear and go about their business as best they could on an otherwise pleasant June morning….”

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #3: Contains four black & white photographs.

Extra #4: Read a review of this book via the blogs The Irish Story and An Irish Village

Extra #5: Link to the author’s website and blog

Extra #6: Browse the 1911 Census entry for Robert Dixon in Dunlavin.

A Farm and Family Saga

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Full title: Deny Me Not [a novel]

Creator / Author: Margaret Hawkins

Item Type / Page count: Book / 430p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: Bushel Press / Co. Wexford

About: Hannah Casey has never known her father but when she becomes aware of his name she searches him out. This novel teases out the dramatic events her arrival has on her otherwise childless father and his wider family. Farmland and inheritance is a combustible mix. What chickens will come home to roost before the book’s end?

ID number(s): 9780957534223

WW Connection #1: The author is originally from Tinahely in south-west Wicklow and attended Carnew Vocational School.

Extra #1: Opening lines: ““Odd.” Hannah Casey thought there was nothing in the envelope at first, it looked so flat. It was her mother’s handwriting, she knew, but weak and spidery this time, as if control had gone out of the hand behind it…..”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #4: Read an excerpt from the book via the author’s website:  http://www.margarethawkins.ie/deny-me-not/

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