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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year, readers and non readers alike. I trust everybody has had an excellent Christmas and I super trust everybody is about to embark on a cracking night out. Even if you are not venturing outside your front door allow me a moment to wish you all a very fine ’09. May your New Year be delightful and your new year be fruitful.

I will be spending a considerable amount of the first morning of ’09 following a large contented ...

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Irish Times Review Undertow

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I sometimes tell Andrew, my husband, that reviews don’t really matter that much. I might pronounce this rather loftily while waving a wine glass about.

‘Look,’ I’ll say, ‘reviews, just one person’s opinion innit?’ Well I don’t say ‘innit’ because I was brought up in Wicklow and we don’t bandy ‘innits’ about quite so readily.

But it’s all lies of course. Reviews might be just one person’s opinion, but it’s their opinion on your baby, the product of your blood sweat and ...

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…and then they gave me a review…which was nice.

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I was eating a yoghurt yesterday -pondering a trip to ‘Ha’vey Normans’ to purchase a vacuum cleaner-when the phone bleeped into life.

‘Hallo?’ I didn’t say, for my husband answered it.

But it was for me.

‘That’s a nice piece about the book in the paper.’ Margaret Daly, head honcho of all things PR said to me.

‘Piece? Paper? Book?’ Oh I’m literally on fire in the mornings. On fire.

But yes, piece, paper and book. Someone in print media finally reviewed Undertow, ...

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Art

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Despite the fact that I think I regularly sound like Ralph Wiggum, I have agreed to write and read a piece about all things ‘noir’ for artist Ken Lambert at the opening of his new show, entitled Hardboiled. I’m actually quite thrilled to be involved in this minute way. Ken’s work is gorgeous and I’m really looking forward to seeing it hung in all its splendour.

The venue is- The Back ...

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Big Up to the Big O

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Now the world and its mother knows getting published can be a daunting task, getting publicity even more so. So it gladdens this writer’s heart to know that sometimes all good things come to those who actually deserve them.

From humble beginnings, a belief in himself and actual talent, crime guru Declan Burke from Crime always pays has gone stateside with his brilliant second novel The Big ...

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Monday Monday

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For those of y’all who might be interested in such folly, I am appearing on TV3, at about 8:15 in the AM(!) to talk all things books.

The very excellent http://crimealwayspays.blogspot.com/ will be putting up a little quiz  where by interested readers can bag a copy of Undertow. If you want a copy do please apply. If you want to watch me turn carrot red and be all coy, do please tune in.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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Undertow is out & Books 2008

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Though publication date was originally 18th of September, my bookish spies tell me Undertow is already in the shops. Hurray.

It has been quite a hectic few days. On Saturday I took part in the Books 2008 weekend. It was a terrific day held out in Dun Laoghaire. Despite the wild and windy start to the morning there was robust turn out. I got a chance to take part on two panels with esteemed authors, Declan Burke, Continue Reading →

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Crime, Debate, and Murder Talk.

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Next month sees Book 2008 here in Dublin, a festival running from the 5th to the 7th of September. I will include the link and you can peruse at your leisure the terrific line up of writers who will be appearing-including Martin Amis, John Banville, John Connolly, Rebecca Miller, Declan Hughes and many many others.

As part of this festival there will also be a crime writing series, where many ...

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Undertow cover

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Hi all,

here’s the cover for Undertow, the new book that will be out in the early Autumn. Click to enlarge the image.

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A slow march across the globe.

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Good evening. It’s Tuesday the 13th of May, 13, a suspicious number for some but a golly an auspicious one for me it seems. I ought to update this blog more often but I doubt you’d really want to hear my day to day routine. It would be very repetitive and go something like, ‘got up, sleepy, had toast, fed dog, ignored cats, sat at computer, read emails, yawned, watched birds, yawned some more, considered work, patted dog, had more ...

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