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Peter Donnelly

Literary Fiction

Woman of the Hour – Jane Lythell

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May 21, 2019
Woman of the Hour Book Cover Woman of the Hour
Storyworld
Jane Lythell
Head of Zeus
July 14, 2016
Paperback
352

Meet Liz Lyon: respected TV producer, stressed-out executive, guilty single mother.

StoryWorld is the nation's favourite morning show, and producer Liz Lyon wants to keep it that way. Her job is to turn real-life stories into thrilling TV – and keep a lid on the scandals and backbiting that happen off-stage.

But then simmering tensions erupt at the station, trapping Liz in a game of one-upmanship where she doesn't know the rules. As the power struggle intensifies, can Liz keep her cool and keep her job? Does she even want to?

In this gripping novel of power, rivalry and betrayal, Jane Lythell draws on her experiences of working in the glamorous, pressurised world of live TV.

Persistence

Woman of the Hour is a highly entertaining and revealing peek into the world of live television and the struggles to maintain a career, whilst also managing a home life…

Fantasy

Smoke in the Glass – Chris Humphreys

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May 21, 2019
Smoke in the Glass Book Cover Smoke in the Glass
Immortal's Blood
Chris Humphreys
Fantasy
Gollancz
May 14, 2019
Paperback
368

A thrilling new dark fantasy series about immortality, war and survival, from the bestselling historical author Chris (CC) Humphries A world of immortals living among humans. Anyone may be immortal, but there is no way to know until you die. If you are one of the very lucky few, you will live an endless life of pleasure and power, considered to be a god. Only decapitation and the rapid separation of body and head for a few days can kill an immortal. In the southlands, a common soldier dies and is reborn, and is inducted into the world of the immortals. But the Empire has become decadent, and what he discovers there will shock him. In the dry lands of the west, one man has set himself up as the sun god. But there is a prophecy that he will be killed by his son - and so all of his male children are killed at birth. Until his most recent wife bears a child who is nether male nor female, and is determined to protect them from sacrifice. In the cold north, the immortal Luck - clever, tricksy, clubfooted - harbours suspicions that many of the immortals have been killed. When he intervenes in an attack on one of his fellows, he realises something new. Someone is hunting the Gods. For there is a fourth land. They know of the other three. And they are planning their attack. Our three heroes - damaged soldier, protective mother, clever cripple - must find a way to unite their different lands, and defend against this new enemy.

Provocation

Smoke in the Glass is a fantasy tale full of adventure, conflict and deceit. A novel where legends inspire people and gifts are not always distributed fairly or received by…

Interviews

Interview with Georgina Clarke – Author of Death and the Harlot

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May 14, 2019
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Author Interviews
Peter Donnelly
The Reading Desk
May 16, 2019

Author Bio

‘Georgina Clarke has a degree in theology and a PhD in history, but has only recently started to combine her love of the past with a desire to write stories. Her first novel is set in the mid-eighteenth century, an underrated and often neglected period, but one that is rich in possibility for a crime novelist.

When she is not writing, Georgina enjoys running along the banks of the River Severn and is sometimes to be found competing in half marathons. In quieter moments, she also enjoys dressmaking.

She lives in Worcester with her husband and son and two extremely lively kittens.’

Interview

Peter: Georgina, it was a pleasure to get the opportunity of reading your book, Death and the Harlot. I do love historical thrillers and your book was such a…

Interviews

Interview with John Trudel – Author of God’s House

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May 12, 2019
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Author Interviews
Peter Donnelly
The Reading Desk
May 12, 2019


Author Bio

In the tradition of fiction writers, my life has been a rich drama, always interesting and often rewarding, but sometimes balanced on the edge of tragedy. I graduated with honors from Georgia Tech and was awarded a full Fellowship to get my PhD in Electronic Engineering, well on my way to a career in research until life got in the way.

Getting a doctorate is all consuming, so one day I came home from class to find that my neglected wife had taken our son and left. Divorce, bleakness, and an unfinished dissertation followed. I needed a change and, as fate had it, the Vietnam War was raging and good technologists were in high demand. Not for research: for application.

I soon found myself riding in the back of military aircraft, trying to make prototype electronic intelligence (ELINT) and weapons systems work. I was also the kid in the back of the room at classified briefings attended by high officers, and, sometimes, the SECDEF himself. They called it “Special Ops.” That’s what my friends did, and some were true heroes. But Vietnam convinced me I needed a career change.

With friends investing their combat pay, I started my first company and produced the first useful automobile radar detector. We called it “The Snooper,” and it made Playboy and the legendary Cannonball Baker Race that has been the subject of several movies. You can see one in the old movie, Gumball Rally. When Nixon passed the 55 MPH speed limits, sales went ballistic.

After selling that business, I worked for large firms, most notably Tektronix. They paid me to learn new things. My last “real job” was as the (first, last, and only) business development manager for Tek’s corporate research labs. The Presidents of Sony Tektronix, Tada-san and later Kumakura-san, helped mentor me in Japanese culture and Asian ways.

I left Tek in the late 80s to form a consulting business, The Trudel Group. Clients have included Intel, Hewlett Packard, the Naval Postgraduate School, and others, including some in the Mid East. I taught classes, held seminars, and wrote two high tech books and many columns on innovation. One in ‘95 for the old Upside about “The Patent Wars” got major international attention. I soon found myself part of a band of inventors, including a quorum of Nobel Laureates and Inventor’s Hall of Fame members, petitioning Congress to preserve our Patent System. I spent five years on that, pro bono, and then gave my files to Professor Larry Lessig of Stanford who had access to more resources and legal expertise. It was time for another change.

So I started writing novels, science-based suspense. God’s House, my first, was published in 2011, Privacy Wars in 2012, Soft Target in 2013, and Raven’s Run in 2014. So far my novels are winning National Awards and getting 5-star reviews. I am thankful that my fans like them.

Interview

Peter: John, it was a pleasure to get the opportunity of reading your book, God’s House, I love techno-thrillers being an engineer myself. I am delighted that we have…

Literary Fiction

The Spinning Heart – Donal Ryan

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May 12, 2019
The Spinning Heart Book Cover The Spinning Heart
Donal Ryan
City and town life
Doubleday
2013
Paperback
156

Winner of the Guardian First Book Award 2013 Shortlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award 2014 Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013 Winner of Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2012 âeoeMy father still lives back the road past the weir in the cottage I was reared in. I go there every day to see is he dead and every day he lets me down. He hasnâe(tm)t yet missed a day of letting me down.âe In the aftermath of Irelandâe(tm)s financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. As violence flares, the characters face a battle between public persona and inner desires. Through a chorus of unique voices, each struggling to tell their own kind of truth, a single authentic tale unfolds. The Spinning Heart speaks for contemporary Ireland like no other novel. Wry, vulnerable, all-too human, it captures the language and spirit of rural Ireland and with uncanny perception articulates the words and thoughts of a generation. Technically daring and evocative of Patrick McCabe and J.M. Synge, this novel of small-town life is witty, dark and sweetly poignant. Donal Ryanâe(tm)s brilliantly realized debut announces a stunning new voice in literary fiction.

Predicament

The Spinning Heart is an outstanding book that vividly portrays the damage the financial crisis had on people’s lives in Ireland while elevating our reading experience to such wonderful heights…