We're delighted to announce the launch of People of the Great Journey, by O.R. Melling, on Friday the 29th of November at 6.30pm. People of the Great Journey is published by Hay House, and has already received fantastic reviews from Eugene McCabe, Herbie Brennan, Carlo Gebler, Publisher's Weekly and the Los Angeles Times - including "Melling has the gift of a poet's tongue." Charles de Lint, Winner of the World Fantasy Award Melling has the gift of a poet's tongue.About People of the Great Journey:Olwen Mellory is called away from her life as a writer of fairy tales to take part in a week-long retreat on a remote Scottish island. 'The Great Journey' promises to be full of magical wisdom and visionary experiences. It's an invitation she can't resist.But within hours of arriving at the imposing Dunesfort House and meeting her companions in the circle, Olwen's adventure takes an unexpected turn. Before long, her daytime explorations of mystical practices are paired with night-time dreams and phantasms that blur the line between the real and the imaginary. As the enigmatic but vaguely sinister course director asserts his authority in a bid to create an act of modern alchemy, Olwen begins to wonder in whom she can trust.After a shocking event in the circle Olwen flees across the moors to the Callanish Stones, only to find herself caught in an ancient moon rite. Will this final calling free her from her personal demons forever, or will it be the beginning of a new nightmare?About O.R. Melling:O.R. Melling was born in Ireland and grew up in Canada with her seven sisters and two brothers. Her home is Bray, Co. Wicklow, a small town by the sea, but at present she is helping to run a Tibetan Buddhist Centre in the Irish countryside. This work has brought her to Outer Mongolia and across the Gobi Desert. Melling has a BA in Philosophy and Celtic Studies and an MA in Medieval Irish History.The launch takes place on Friday the 29th of November, at 6.30pm, in our Middle Street Shop, and as always, everyone is welcome to attend!
Charlie Byrne’s Book Club got off to a flying start with our first choice – Jane Gardam’s Old Filth. Attendance was good – 13-14 members who had all done their homework, and had read and enjoyed the book.Discussion was lively, everybody had something to say, as much about Jane Gardam’s writing style – warm and witty – as about her depiction of the characters.The portrait of “Old Filth” (Failed In London, Try Hong Kong) stayed in the memory long after finishing the book. We were left wanting to know more about the individual characters and have since found out our questions should be answered in two further books – The Man in the Wooden Hat and Last Friends (just published in April 2013).Our evening was made even more enjoyable when we read a letter written by Gardam in reply to a letter written to her several years ago by one of the book club members. Her writing – so warm and personal – made us all feel as if we knew her.Some of us were lucky enough to attend a discussion of Tishani Doshi’s novel The Pleasure Seekers during the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in April, and we look forward to further discussion of this novel at our next meeting.