TLC client Mary McMahon’s manuscript Once in a Bluebell Wood has been shortlisted for the Spotlight First Page Competition. Mary submitted her manuscript to TLC at the beginning of 2012, where it was passed on to reader Shelley Weiner. The manuscript was also recently selected by a judging panel as the winner of A Novel Event, a competition run in conjunction with the Hexham Book Festival. The book is inspired by Mary’s Irish background and her fascination with local ghost stories, as well as her continued interest in childhood trauma and loss, and their after-effects.
Shifting from England in the 1940s to rural Ireland in the 1950s, Once in a Bluebell Wood is a moving story of escape, love and loss, as Jenny Fitzgerald tries to come to terms with the lies that surround her beloved father’s failure to return home after the war.
For more information about the Spotlight First Page Competition, click here.