Join us for the launch of Spellbound by Sibella, by Paul B. McNulty, on Friday the 15th of November at 6pm, with a special introduction by Ronnie O'Gorman.In his debut historical novel, Paul B McNulty has portrayed the turbulent liaison of Sir Harry Lynch-Blosse of Balla, Co Mayo and Sibella Cottle, a woman with spellbinding powers. Sibella bore three boys and four girls by the 7th Baronet. She lived with him in the Big House, a practice that scandalised the local community. Sir Harry died young without legitimate heir in 1788. Sibella now had to complete the rearing of her seven young children with diminished support from the Big House. A native of Tuam, Paul discovered this enthralling story when researching the genealogy of the Anglo-Norman Lynches who settled in Galway.Paul’s apprenticeship in writing commenced at University College Dublin where he edited an engineering magazine, The Anvil. Afflicted with wanderlust, he travelled west to Ohio State and MIT to continue his studies to master’s and doctoral level. While in Boston, his interest in history unfolded through participation in the Committee for Justice in Northern Ireland and in the anti-Vietnam war movement. On return to Ireland, he honed his writing skills, publishing scientific papers as well as writing on food-related issues in the popular media.Following a career in Biosystems Engineering at UCD, he renewed his historical interest taking Adult Education courses in Genealogy and Creative Writing. His research into the Anglo-Norman Lynches inspired him to write Spellbound by Sibella, a finalist in the 2012 William Faulkner Novel Competition, which is published by Club Lighthouse.The launch of Spellbound by Sibella takes place on Friday the 15th of November at 6pm, and everyone is welcome to attend!