About Patrick

Patrick Bentley was born in 1964 into a poverty-stricken home. Family problems drove him into early petty crime, and from the age of nine he was locked up in a string of residential institutions where he was subjected to various kinds of abuse.

Deprived of a basic education, he wound up on drugs and in prison on several occasions.

By his mid-twenties he picked up a job in a fish factory. It was around that time that he found a relationship with God and later married.

But tragedy stuck when his mother was knocked down and killed in 1995. His own marriage fell apart and he ended up back on harder drugs and living alone.

In 2007 while on cocaine he had a terrifying near-death experience which proved to be the turning point in his life. He checked into counselling, turned away from drugs, re-married and bought an apartment.

He has said that counselling gives a fantastic understanding of how the past hurts control our present, and controls and dictates our future well-being.

Self-Published Author

With a new purpose and clear head, Patrick picked up the pen to write his first book, the autobiographical The Jagged Halo. He decided to self-publish in order to get it straight to the public as soon as possible.

His only way to sell his book was to bring it door to door, and he found this route hugely rewarding by meeting the people of Dublin and hearing their stories and getting their support. Word slowly got out, which led to him appearing on TV3’s Ireland AM in 2010 and to the first of many newspaper articles, initially The Sunday World.

With a great reaction to his autobiography, he started straight into his first novel – DARKLINE, which he self-published in 2012. The book proved to be a massive hit with readers of all ages and became a best seller. Again media interest was high, and DARKLINE was given a two-page spread in The Sunday Mirror.

Patrick followed this up by writing the powerful sequel to DARKLINE – entitled A Nation Out Of Time – which drew the interest of the mainstream publishers Liberties Press. But Patrick made the decision to go it alone once again.

In 2014, Film Company Vico took an interest in making DARKLINE into a movie. This is still in early stages.

On the Doors

95% of Patrick’s book sales have been made by packing up a dufflebag with as many books as he could carry, and going door to door all over Dublin.

This has resulted in meeting and advising thousands of concerned parents who live in constant fear of their kids growing up surrounded by a drug culture that in the past few years seems to have grown in strength.

Now, with the launch of this website, Patrick’s books are finally available to buy online, and hopefully will reach a much bigger audience than ever before.