Haunting new work by local author

Posted on: 9th March, 2015

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

From the author of ‘The Mad Marys of Dunworley and Other Stories,’ comes part two of the West Cork Novelettes.

Paul Kestell and Black Cormorant Books present, ‘The West Cork Railway and Other Stories,’ five new novelettes set in beautiful West Cork. Dublin born writer Kestell pays homage to West Cork where he has lived for over five years. This new collection of stories brings us to a whole new level the author says. ‘The Mad Marys,’ was very successful and it got lots of positive feedback. But I sense already with the ‘West Cork Railway,’ that I am reaching a whole new audience, not just locally in West Cork but nationally and beyond as well. The stories are raw in that they capture the human condition.

The title story sees young Billy working on his primary school project on the closure of the railway in 1961. However when Billy receives advice from his grandad, it puts him at odds with his smart young teacher Miss Forde.

The second story ‘They All Ran After The Farmers Wife,’ brings us into the lives of three women who become entangled in a love triangle, with tragic results.

‘The Sad Lady of Lislee,’ sees a would-be writer bring her creative fiction to life, as she struggles to care for her grown up non-verbal autistic daughter.

The dark Mayo mountains play host to ‘Under A Broken Tree’ — as a young man delves into the memoir of his deceased aunt, he is transported from modern day West Cork back to Mayo in 1922, during the civil war.

Finally ‘On This Almighty Road, ‘ tells of two washed up middle-aged men, who get the chance of a lifetime when securing the job of caretakers in a millionaires house, only for a strange young woman to enter the fray and destroy everything.

The ‘West Cork Railway and Other Stories,’ launches on Thursday March 26 at 6.30pm in the Irish Writers Centre.

Words of Praise for the ‘Mad Marys of Dunworley,’ “Haunting, it will stay with you,” Shelley Marsden The Irish World Newspaper.

‘The West Cork Railway & Other Stories,’ is available from Amazon Uk and on Kindle.

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