A long and winding road…

Writing is more than telling stories. For me it’s about working out what happened and why. Why did we become the people we are, why is our society the way it is? Hopefully explored in an interesting and engaging way.

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If am not able to get an agent or publisher in 2020 then I have two novels ready to self publish in January 2021.

The first is Under the Bridge, set mainly in Garston. The second The Morning After is set in Speke, Liverpool. If you want to be part of a small team of readers to read an early draft before it is published leave your email address in the subscribe box above. Below is a review by an editor.

The Morning After, by Jack Byrne – Review

Vinny, a history professor, escapes his old neighborhood Speke and old life, distancing himself from bitter memories. But a secret he, Sammo, and Macca vowed to keep, would shackle him emotionally to a life changing day as kids, involving the theft of a pocket watch, and an old man’s death.

Sammo is found dead after a long battle with PTSD and drugs, but his death is questionable, and with it, the past steps into the present. In his quest to find out what happened to Sammo, Vinny uncovers more than he wants to know. Along with the watch, Sammo leaves detailed letters and a recorded message for Vinny, which holds the key to Sammo’s death and challenges Vinny do what is right, accept who he is, and finally, let go of the secret he holds.

I very much enjoyed reading The Morning After written by Jack Byrne. The setting is clearly defined, and the characters well-developed. The storyline flows smoothly and is packed with internal and external conflicts urging the reader to flip the pages to discover what happens next. The ending is a twist that highlights Vinny’s actions and the challenges he is faced with.


One response to “A long and winding road…”

  1. I’d love yo read both your books but especially the morning after, I lived in Speke, Rycot Rd and went to Speke Comp thanks for your time mandy x

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About Me

Thanks for visiting my page. The aim of this page is to let you know what I am working on and allow you to tell me what you think.

I was born and raised in Speke Liverpool, although my parents first lived ‘Under The Bridge’ in Garston, and all my family goes back to Wicklow in Ireland.

The Liverpool Mystery series will be four novels, three books; Under The Bridge, The Morning After, and Fire Next Time are finished. Under The Bridge will be published in Feb 2021 and I hope at least one more will follow later in the year. I am writing The Wicklow Boys now, and I hope to finish it next year.

My writing like my blog is about the lives of working people and how they relate to society as a whole.

My collection of short stories The One Road is available below click to see details.

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