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My Favourite Irish Author by Zoe Miller
I find it hard to believe that it’s already three years since my favourite Irish author, Maeve Binchy, sadly passed away. I was driving into the office, listening to the radio, when I heard about her death on the early morning news and I felt as though a light had gone out of my life. Somehow I made it into the office on auto pilot. When I took out my mobile phone from the depths of my bag, I discovered my daughter had been trying to contact me before I left the house, hoping to break the news to me before I got into the car. An avid reader herself, she knew how gutted I’d be. We had a quick chat, and then for a brief moment I imagined the conversation I’d have with my mother, both of us commiserating with each other on the loss of our best loved Irish author, until I remembered with a pang that she too had passed on.
One of the wonderful aspects of Maeve’s charming writing was the way she brought generations of readers together. Her books were passed from me to my mother and in time, on to my daughter, all of us enjoying her warm and wise storytelling, her wonderful casts of believable characters, and all of us soaking up different messages from our differing perspectives. Her stories enthralled us; people and families and situations we could easily identify with - and so inherently Irish - jumped out of the pages of all of her books. They sang a resonance inside us and captured our hearts and minds in a way books by UK and American authors were unable to.
In addition to her wonderful stories, Maeve was hugely kind and encouraging in her staunch support of other Irish writers, sharing her experiences and advice. Her first published novel, ‘Light a Penny Candle’, was a very exciting breakthrough in Irish popular fiction and it blazed a glittering trail for all of us Irish authors who found inspiration not only in Maeve’s insightful writing, but also in Maeve herself with her warm, friendly and generous spirit. I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet her and thank her in person for all the hours of enjoyment she gave to me and the women in my family, and for the encouragement to keep going as a writer and giving me the confidence to believe it could be done.
n a windswept beach in County Cork, a woman rescues a young man from the sea. A gifted musician, Luis Meyer's life has fallen apart and he's determined to end it all, until an angel of mercy pulls him from the water...
More than thirty years later, Carrie Cassidy is still reeling following the deaths of her adored parents, John and Sylvie, in a tragic accident. She's flitting from one job to another, unable to move forward, unable to forget the past. She can't even commit to Mark, the love of her life, who has now moved on.
Then a mysterious visitor reveals a secret that forces Carrie to delve into her mother's past. When she does, she discovers a woman struggling to come to terms with her choices - a newlywed who, it seems, was in love with another man.
Determined to find out the truth about her mother's relationship with Luis Meyer, Carrie must confront painful and possibly dangerous truths. And the only person who can help her is the one she's hurt the most.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Zoë Miller writes contemporary fiction laced with mystery and intrigue. She was born on the south side of Dublin, where she lives with her husband. She has two daughters and a son. Zoë has been writing since childhood, and has always had her head stuck in a book. Before turning to novels, she had short stories and feature journalism published. With seven novels now published by Hachette Books Ireland, Zoë fits in her writing between the day job, and making time for her family. A Question of Betrayal is her latest novel. You can contact Zoë at www.zoemillerauthor.com, or Twitter @zoemillerauthor, or Facebook.com/zoemillerauthor.
A Question of Betrayal is published by Hachette Ireland and is available in TBP and ebook format, with the PB edition coming in Sep 2015.
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