Troubador Arcanum

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BBC Radio Ulster, Arts Show

Released: 28/11/2016

ISBN: 9781785899799

eISBN: 9781785897108

Format: Paperback/eBook

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An Irish Mystery


‘Catching Clodagh’s eye Silas noted that the bright smile she had been wearing had vapourised, its radiance replaced by a wincing grimace which signalled a warning to his brain that she had almost certainly sustained an injury. He couldn’t afford that. None of them could afford that. Not now.’

When a troupe of Irish dancers disappear, the police and the world are left baffled. While Silas Murphy and Clodagh Trevor embark on their own desperate search for their friends and colleagues, a strange and complex labyrinth of events unfold, influenced by the age-old divinatory symbolism of the Tarot cards.

Arcanum is a supernatural novel set in past and present Ireland against the background of Irish dance, which tells of the human spirit’s desire to overcome adversity. With the force of determination, plus a little magic, the veil between past and present is briefly lifted and the two are united in order to restore harmony, but not before the tragedy of loss is experienced on either side.

This novel takes the reader on a journey through Ireland and weaves a story combining fact and fantasy, mystery and romance. Arcanum will be enjoyed by readers with a strong interest in Ireland as well as those who enjoy watching Irish dance and those who take part in the popular art-form themselves. A fascinating and gripping read, this book will not only serve to entertain readers, but also to enlighten them.

A celebration of life with all its joy, pain and mystery.

All reviews for "The Impersonator" (2011) can be seen on Ann Mann's website listed below or at Matador.
Her new book "Arcanum" slated for publication in November 2016 is an Irish mystery set against the background of the Irish dance, historical repression in that country and linked by the age-old divinatory symbolism of the Tarot.

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Female First

Haunting and suspenseful. A delightful read.

by Ireland Today

Ann Mann’s enchanting and compelling story takes us on a dance through time and keeps the reader guessing until the final page. Pure magic!

by Louise Keegan, The Keegan Academy of Irish Dance

A wonderfully fascinating and charming story that will take you through the historical periods of Irish identity, religion, dance and music. It’s a page-turner that you don’t want to miss!

by James Keegan, Lead Dance, Lord of the Dance

The rhythm of the dance runs through this exciting story like a heart beat and tension is maintained until the totally unexpected but completely believable denouement. I just loved this book.

by Caroline Graham, creator of Midsomer Murders

A very descriptive and lively read

by Gloria Hunniford, author and broadcaster

Ann Mann

Ann Mann has enjoyed an eclectic career in show business and the media. As a singer, she made numerous broadcasts on tv and radio in the sixties and performed in some of the top cabaret spots in the West End of London. She has produced and presented over 1000 programmes for tv and radio, worked for Walt Disney and Hammer Films and lectured on musical theatre and Irish literature. She has also written articles for major newspapers and other publications. Her first novel "The Impersonator" received excellent reviews and five stars on Amazon. Currently she is developing a Samuel Beckett adaptation for tv and her new novel "Arcanum" is slated for publication in November 2016.

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