Young and old are the beneficiaries of some acclaimed new novels by clan members around the globe. We cannot pretend to know of all such offerings but three excellent new titles have been added to the Publications page:
Ann O’Loughlin, The Ballroom Café, Black and White Publishing (web-site>). Ann, a journalist for the Irish Examiner who lives in County Wicklow, says:
The path to publication is so long for a first-time writer that you think you will never get there… I think The Ballroom Cafe strikes a chord with people. Not only is there the theme running through the novel of forced illegal adoption from Ireland to the US, but there are the elderly sisters who only communicate though notes. A story of heartbreak, tragedy and lives lived, The Ballroom Cafe is a story filtered through life in Rathsorney village, Ireland and the café, where people gossip and sip tea from china cups, but it reflects the tragedies of those ordinary lives lived under the shadow of a shameful secret.
James O’Loghlin in Sydney has released his second novel for children, Daisy Malone and the Blue glowing stone, Macmillan Australia 2015 (web-site>)
James O’Loghlin has been a comedian, a criminal lawyer, an ABC radio presenter, the host of over 300 episodes of The New Inventors on ABC-TV, a speaker on innovation and several other things. He is the author of six books. In 2014 his first novel for children, The Adventures of Sir Roderick the not-very-Brave won the Speech Pathology Australia award for the best book for 8 to 10 year olds.
Libby O’Loghlin. Co-founder of The Woolf Quarterly, Libby is a ghostwriter, author and prize-winning short story writer. She has written, produced and reviewed narrative media (radio, film, TV, gaming, digital and print publishing) for over 20 years.
She is the author of young adult novel Charlotte Aimes: the great alpine adventure, 2014 (Charlotte’s web-site>). Libby lives in Switzerland where, she says, she has ‘many excellent alpine adventures’.