Deirdre Shanahan

Deirdre Shanahan

“Because of its form, and coverage of decades, I had concerns about my novel as a whole. Did it all fit together? Did the characters carry the novel? The TLC report by Jude Cook gave me enormous confidence. It made me see the novel in dimensions I had not realised and made me more determined to seize its potential.” From the introduction

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“If it were not for the sun glinting on the pool of rainwater in the slight dip of the lawn, John would have thought he was back  home in Cloghan, swiping the earth with a clean cut of the slane. Ever since he could manage the grip of one, he had worked on the bog every May along with his cousins and others from his village. But the sun told him all he needed to know.”   Extract from ‘Birds of Erin’ – included in the showcase

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