When poets write novels

During the 2018 Rostrevor Literary Festival I interviewed Nessa O'Mahony about her new book: The Branchman, published by Arlen House in 2018. (362 pgs.) The book is now in its second edition, having been very popular with the historically-minded, soul-searching Irish readership. This is fast-spaced as you would expect from a thriller, with short chapters and wonderfully crisp descriptions of the time when it is set: the first year of the New State after the Civil War, but in reality still struggling to come to terms with its shadows. Nessa opens a window to this world, where alliances change from day to day and people are killed to be silenced. A central love story drives the book and we tur


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