b. Dublin; former IT project manager; took creative writing course in Writers Centre, Dublin; contrib. to The Stinging Fly; shortlisted for Sunday Tribune/Hennessy Prize, 2001; studied Spanish at Cervantes Inst., Dublin, her teacher being from Zaragoza nr. Barcelona, which she shortly travelled; issued Seven Nights in Zaragoza (2005), a study of a young married couple (Elena and Henry) in crisis when Henry makes a bad investment and Elena remeets an old flame Adam; currently working on novel based on S. American travels; served by lit. agent Faith OGrady ; also Longshore Drift (2006), and My Glass Heart (2007), her third novel, concerning the consequences of an attack on the heroine and the subsequent trial and unravelling of her marriage.
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Seven Nights in Zaragoza (London: Hodder Headline 2005); Longshore Drift (London: Hodder Headline 2006), 301pp.; My Glass Heart (London: Hodder 2007), 288pp. Also Hair in Ciara Considine, ed., Moments [Tsunami relief collection] (Clé 2005), q.pp.
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Shirley Kelly, Interview article, Books Ireland (March 2005), p.39; also Sue Leonard, review of Seven Nights in Zaragoza,in Books Ireland (March 2005), p.49.
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Clair Looby, Getting to the core of the crystal, review of My Glass Heart, in The Irish Times (3 March 2007), Weekend, p.11: Sometimes a story grabs you by the throat and hauls you into the middle of someones disintegrating life [...] We first meet Helen Glass as the victim attending the trial of her attacker, Keith Donovan, a young man who, despite his disarming appearance, proves to be a manipulative and dangerously unstable personality. Reuben Ford, the narrator and Helens friend as she faces the ordeal of reliving the terrible months of fear and betrayal leading up to the near-fatal attack, is a failing playwright. He is driven to find new success in his novelisation of Helen and her husband Williams life, without their knowledge. Its not long before we realise that obsession and betrayal are not confined to the man in the dock. With the relish of a privileged confidante, Reuben lays out Helen and Williams unexceptional relationship and the life they enjoyed until Donovans arrival. So close is Reubens relationship with Helen that we wonder if he, like Donovan, could be in love with her, until he reveals his own betrayal of another, which has led to his current shame and state of self-imposed isolation. Because the story is told at times in the past tense, at times in the present, there is a risk the reader will become removed from the emotional core, the unexpressed fears and desperation which drive all of the characters at some time or another. Remarks adversely on a slight tendency to accentuate the cerebral rather than the raw emotional thrust of the tale.
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