Orion Fiction Saga HB / ETPB November £13.99 320pp 978 1 4091 7476 9 / 978 1 4091 6668 9 eBook: £14.99 / 978 1 4091 6670 2 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 4091 6671 9 / 10 hrs
GERALDINE O’NEILL Music Across the Mersey a heartwarming saga of an irish family separated by the sea, from storyteller Geraldine O’Neill.
Whilst the whole of Ireland is struggling through the war, the Cassidys are also battling their own problems. When Mary died in childbirth, she left Johnny without his true love and their four children without a mother. As they wait for Mary’s cousin Cora to arrive from down country the musically-gifted Johnny falls apart, leaving the children abandoned.
As time goes by Cora whips the family into shape and when tragedy strikes again, old feelings resurrect to split the Cassidy family apart. In the aftermath, can they all pull together and find the strength to move on with their new life in Liverpool?
Geraldine O’Neill was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, to Irish/Scottish parents. She has lived in County Offaly, Ireland, for the past ten years. She is married and has two children. In addition to writing, she works as a teacher for children with learning difficulties.
Location: County Offaly, Ireland
Orion Fiction Literary Thriller TPB November £12.99 272pp 978 1 4091 7181 2 eBook: £12.99 / 978 1 4091 7183 6
BARRY GORNELL The Wrong Child
When twenty-one of its twenty-two children die in an accident, an entire community turns on the sole survivor: the ‘wrong child’.
A rural village school building collapses.
Only one child survives: Dog Evans.
To his own mother and father, Dog becomes a daily reminder of their survivor’s guilt.
To the other parents he is a hated and feared emblem of their unbearable loss.
Now, seven years after the tragedy, Dog’s parents have abandoned him. And with no one to protect him, the broken community’s desire for catharsis and sacrifice soon becomes unstoppable . . .
Uncompromising, dark and powerful, The Wrong Child is a heartbreaking – but ultimately hopeful – portrayal of loss and grief in an unimaginable situation from a unique new British literary talent.
barry Gornell was born in Liverpool and now lives on the West Coast of Scotland. He is a novelist/screenwriter, ex-fire-fighter, truck driver and bookshop manager. The Wrong Child is his second novel.
Location: Isle of Bute, Scotland
Orion Fiction • November 2017