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Marshmallows by Colin O’Sullivan This is the third novel by O’Sullivan that I’ve reviewed after Killarney Blues and Dark Manual. I like Colin O’Sullivan, his novels are a constant surprise; the story darkens with every page and yet there’s always a witty undertone – it’s all so unpredictable. Marshmallows even has a soundtrack, as theContinue reading “Marshmallows”


Virgin & Child Maggie Hamand.This novel opens with the first walk about of a newly elected pope. Pope Patrick is the first Irish Bishop of Rome, he arrives in a time of turmoil within the Church. His outlook gives some measure of hope to progressives while worrying conservative elements of the Vatican Curia. However, PopeContinue reading “VIRGIN & CHILD”


The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique RoffeyA beautiful, beguiling mix of fantasy and allegory, myth woven into life, which says something of the our humanity, the darkness and the light. A simple tale elegantly told that enfolds the reader into its sense of wonder and mystery. Life’s cruelty is on display but this isContinue reading “THE MERMAID OF BLACK CONCH”