Foreseeing a new Heartbreaking Novel.

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A writer once said if you don’t get emotional at what you write, Don’t go expecting your reader to grab for the hankies. As a writer I’d say one of my gifting’s is the ability to foresee the events in a story well in advance. that’s not so pleasant as it sounds, as it may be a murder or a …

Fair-well to a Father, a friend, a legend.

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Words failed us all this week as we tried to come to terms with the incredible sense of shock and sadness at the sudden loss of one of our dearest of friends.Paul Puilt Carroll. That friendly smile and instinctive laugh will not be heard again at the bike racing, and one wonders will life ever be the same with out …

I’ll wait for forever. A song I wrote.

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Standing alone on a windswept beach, I can hear the cries that replace the fresh sea air with so many tears. I can see the image of a mother fail to break her fall as she reaches out in desperation for you. The sound of waves, the sound of music, the sound of laughter. I turn with a heavy heart …

A Generation searching for new direction.

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generation searching for new direction Skerries author Patrick Bentley talks to John Manning this week about his triumphant return to the book shelves with his eagerly awaited follow up to the successful debut novel ‘Darkline’ which plots an ambitious course that ultimately points to a new direction for his characters and his country Patrick Bentley is a man on a …

The Doors!!! The reality of life . . .

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I enter a new town with my new book. As always, I feel nervous as the train pulls into the station. I close my eyes and utter a final prayer for the day ahead. That feeling never goes away. Butterflies. Nerves. Or is it the reality that you simply have no power over the outcome of cold calling to doors? …

Nation out of time. 5 out of 5.

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A Nation Out Of Time seems to be getting better reviews than Darkline, going on early comments and reviews. ‘Brilliant read.’ – Don Baker. ‘Impossible to put down, great read, leaves you speechless. The characters are so real it makes you feel like they’re your friends. Clever twists, amazing story.’ Aga, Skerries. ‘Mark Murphy story was incredible, so well written. …

Who Do you think you are?

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Some years ago I came very close to entering into full training to become a counsellor. But it was a venture I felt wasn’t for me, so I went on to pursue a life as a writer. But I did enough study on the subject to learn some truths about how the emotions operate in the human heart. One of …

A stone worth its throw

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They say, don’t they, you should never throw stones. Another great old saying is: People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. But correct me if I’m wrong. Many thousands of years ago a whole nation was at risk, to a great giant enemy that was easily able to instil unimaginable fear into a whole nation. A nation that felt cornered, …

I WAS HUNGRY, AND YOU FED ME..

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Met a man at doors. I could tell straight away he was very unwell. The poor man was gasping for air as he struggled to even keep his oxygen mask up to his face. I stood back, my first thought being, maybe it would be better all around if I left this man go back to resting. But to my …