THE WRITTEN WORD-#2
Each month, author and resident book editor
Sharon Thompson shares her top three Irish books with us.
by Hilary Connor
As a child Saoirse Corcoran was rejected. As an adult she is sought out by strangers. The reason for both is the same - her power. Born in the mid-sixties to a mother who desperately wanted to keep her but couldn't, put in an institutional crib and situation, she is visited by a guiding force who she will come to know in future days, who protects a baby born to survive inhuman treatment in a staunch Catholic society, and to change it with the strength of her life experience.
Saoirse's mother Maisie, sleeps in a different part of St. Patrick's Mother and Baby Home, sharing a collective sorrow that will haunt and mark Ireland's social history. When Lil and Joe Corcoran adopt her, she is four months old with and ancient soul.
"The Flight Of The Wren"
by Orla McAlinden
Ireland, 1848. Orphaned Sally Mahon has a choice to make. Lie down and die on the graves of her parents, or join the throngs of the dispossessed on the highways of Ireland. She turns her steps to the nearby town of Newbridge in Kildare, where she will carve a future for herself or die trying.
Tasmania, 1919. Spanish Flu sweeps through Hobart, travelling across the oceans with the soldiers returning from the war in Europe. Saoirse Gordon sits by her Grandmother’s sickbed. As the old woman cries out in her delirium, will the secrets Saoirse learns bring her peace, or destroy her forever?
Published by Red Stag
"The Lighthouse Keeper`s Daughter"
by Hazel Gaynor
1838: Northumberland, England. Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands has been Grace Darling’s home for all of her twenty-two years. When she and her father rescue shipwreck survivors in a furious storm, Grace becomes celebrated throughout England, the subject of poems, ballads, and plays.
Published by Harper Collins
Sharon Thompson’s debut crime novel, "The Abandoned" was published by Bloodhound Books UK on 25th June 2018. It launched at #1 Best-seller in Kindle Irish Crime Fiction. Sharon has signed for a further two crime novels and her other manuscripts are on submission, through her agent, Trace Literary Agency.
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