Showing posts from July, 2015

Author Feature Nuala O'Connor

Nuala Ní Chonchúir was born in Dublin in 1970; she lives in East Galway. Her second novel The Closet of Savage Mementos appeared April 2014 from New Island. Nuala’s third novel, Miss Emily, about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid, will be published by Penguin in the US and Canada this July and Sandstone Press will publish the UK and Ireland edition in August.

My 5 favourite books are:
1.Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen 2.Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë 3.Silk – Alessandro Baricco 4.A Pagan Place – Edna O’Brien 5.The Poems of Emily Dickinson – ed. Franklin

My top 5 writing tips are:
1.Read widely – like a maniac 2.Write every day (or at least five days a week), even if you don’t want to 3.Don’t focus on other writers’ methods/output etc. – find your own groove and get on with it 4.

Beyond the Sea by Melissa Bailey Blog Tour, Guest Post and Review

I was thrilled to be asked by Melissa to review her new novel and to take part in this blog tour. This is only Melissa's second book but she is fast becoming a favourite author. Regular readers of this blog will know that I love historical fiction, gothic tales and ghost stories and Melissa managed to provide all three with her first novel The Medici Mirror (Read my review Here) now with her second novel Melissa has provided more of my favourite things in the form of Scottish islands, Viking treasure and Mermaids.


Beyond the Sea is a poignant and beautifully atmospheric tale of a grieving young woman trying to come to terms with the loss of her husband and young son at sea. After a year of struggling with her grief in crowded London streets Freya has returned to the cottage in the Hebrides that has become home and which is alive with memories of her once happy family. Her parents, her sister and her friends all advise against Freya staying alone on the island but despite th…