Published: 28/09/2016
ISBN: 9781785893339
eISBN: 9781788038256
Format: Paperback/eBook



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Having published extensively during my nursing career and being a regular contributor to a range of professional journals, I am now turning my hand to fiction. This, my first novel, draws on memories,... read more

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Long Road, Many Turnings
by Mary McClarey

“Every journey has to start somewhere. For now, this one starts here...”

Long Road, Many Turnings is a family saga spanning four generations. It is the book for anyone who ever wanted to trace their ancestry and discover how their family really lived throughout the first half of the 20th Century.

Although a work of fiction, Celtic author Mary has retold her own family story, achieving a mixture of drama, humour and historical events. Exploring scandal, heartbreak and danger through interrelated characters-including Roisin and Deirdre in 1907- to Ellen and Agnes in 1951. The reader experiences life across Ireland, both north and south, London and Wales. Chapters include the second world war, with storylines focussing on two different aspects - childhood evacuation to Wales and lorry driving for the Americans in Northern Ireland. These illustrate war’s unexpected impact on everyday life. There are also chapters depicting the post and the inter-war years, times which had their own challenges. Each character’s story intriguingly slips into the background of the next thus readers are constantly provided with fresh themes and new characters. The writing is entertaining, touching on gender and cultural misunderstandings alongside a fast-moving storyline. It is accessible, friendly and down-to-earth.

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Great book launch, attended by 70 people. Books selling well, e-book now also available.
Extracts read at Plymouth Literary festival and writing groups in Kingsbridge and Plymouth University.
5 star reviews on Amazon, thankyou readers! Sequel on its way. Set against a backdrop of the troubles in Belfast and Derry,continuing the main characters and introducing new ones.Mostly engaging Nurses , Doctors,but also a population dealing with the civil unrest and getting on with thier own lives. Sometimes dangerous, but never dull,an insight into life in Northern Ireland in the seventies.

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The sign of a good book is one that you keep revisiting in your mind, and over the weeks since I read ‘Long Road, Many Turnings’ I have gone back to it many times, discussed historical points raised in it with other people, and relished the memory of it very much. Having been granted the additional privilege of being able to discuss the many stories held within the book with its author, it’s amazing to discover that most of the stories within are fact-based , relating to real life experiences.
Opening the pages of this book will transport you back through the twentieth century into rural Ireland, then a journey around the UK, taking in Wales, London, and Northern Ireland. Bear in mind that a writer’s first lesson is usually ‘write about what you know’, which is what gives this book a very authentic flavour.
It’s a captivating and moving book that encompasses a wealth of different topics, and I look forward to the next book!

by Sorrel Dryden, copywriter


A family saga that really pulls you in. I couldn't help but get involved with the characters' lives. The story moves to different locations all over the British Isles giving the reader an insight into how life was for working people struggling under different pressures. The book will make you giggle and sigh, a really human story.

by ALison Mackenzie, Graphic Designer


An absorbing tale with a wonderfully feisty heroine, beautifully evocative of period Ireland.

by Clare Wiley,freelance journalist


 

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