Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Launch of Noelle Harrison's The Adulteress

Attended the launch of Noëlle Harrison's latest novel in Dubray Books, Grafton Street, Dublin last evening. Noëlle lives near Oldcastle in Co Meath and launched an issue of our magazine some time ago. She also conducted a day long workshop for Boyne Writers Group so we keep an eye on her publishing progress.

This novel, The Adultress, is her fourth and is published by Pan Macmillan. At the launch she described it as "an erotic ghost story set in Cavan".

"Broken hearted and bruised by his wife’s infidelity, Nicholas leaves the comfortable life he has known in Dublin for a ramshackle house in rural Cavan, happy to throw himself into a project of restoration and diversion. There, the house seems to speak to him, and he catches glimpses of a presence – a fragile lady in blue, a woman trapped in the memory of one regret, her voice whispering to him."

Instead of the author reading from her book she was accompanied by two other for a dramatised reading of extracts from the book. This seemed to range over the whole book and gave a good flavour of the characters and mood. It worked very well.

In the novel the ghostly character - that fragile lady in blue - is herself writing a novel based on the life of Julia Caesar and Noëlle has written that novel as well and made it available in a special limited edition here on her website.

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