• Remembering the 34 people who lost their lives on this day 49 years ago in the Dublin/Monaghan bombings.

    Paddy thought he was above and beyond politics, wine women and song, and a bit of rough and tumble, he was man’s man. Until history came calling in the shape of devastating bombs. I included this chapter in my novel Across The Water for those English readers who thought the British were always the good… Continue reading

  • Before the Storm

    I hope you enjoy the opening of the novel. Click the link to pre-order https://www.northodox.co.uk/product-page/before-the-storm Before The Storm Chapter One DI Cooper 12.10am, Friday, June 24th, 2016 Swirling, flashing, blue and red lights lit up the empty streets as the ambulance raced. No siren blared, but lights screamed through the darkness, waking neighbours in quiet… Continue reading

  • A Sneak Preview of Before The Storm

    Northodox Press have allowed me to give subscribers to my blog a preview of my latest novel. So in the days running up to launch date on the 18th of May I will be posting the first three chapters here. The first two are quite short, the third quite a bit longer. You can use… Continue reading

  • Talking of ‘The Troubles’ and Trauma

    This interview with New York based podcast Irish Stew looks at the motivation for a novel set in Liverpool and Ireland in the 1970s. Click on the lick below to hear it in full. https://www.irishstewpodcast.com/JackByrneCheckIn/https://www.irishstewpodcast.com/JackByrneCheckIn/ Click on the link below to buy the book. https://www.northodox.co.uk/product-page/across-the-water-paperbackack Continue reading

  • Feedback Time

    Set in 2020 facing police violence and climate change a cast of young characters find they need to change themselves before they can change the world. I am revising this novel and would love to hear what you think of this opening- You can comment here or email. If you are interested in reading more… Continue reading

  • The Best B&B in Ireland

    It was about 5 pm when I walked into Central B&B in Tipperary.Graham’s first words were, ” Will you have a cup of tea?”“I will.” And so began my stay in what I genuinely think of as the best B&B in Ireland. I hadn’t planned to stop in Tipp, but it was 5 pm dark… Continue reading

  • Before The Storm

    Provisional Image Before the StormComing out in May 2023 This will be the last book in the first cycle of Liverpool Mysteries, following on from the widely acclaimed Under The Bridge, and Across the Water. The Morning After finds us back in Liverpool. This book can be read as a stand alone or as the… Continue reading

  • Amnesia or Erasure? The denial of justice

    Depending on the dictionary you go to, there are variations in the defintion of amnesia, but it is usually seen an involuntary lapse in memory, due to illness or trauma. It can also be a self defence mechanism. We sometimes consciously try to forget episodes we are not proud of, or behaviour we regret. The… Continue reading

  • We all have a Stake in this.

    I support Everton, for good or bad as people from other clubs might say, cest la vie, or que será, será, but for Evertonians ‘it is what it is’ seems to fit better. That is the approach of many supporters who have followed the club from the faintly remembered heights of the 80s through the mediocre mid-table… Continue reading

  • Everything and Nothing

    I took part in a Liverpool Literary Festival, Writing on the Wall event recently, its title was ‘Writing Across Borders’. The title was mine, I had the idea of inviting Paddy Osborne who wrote Baxter’s Boys set in Dublin with a leading Scouse character. So ‘Writing Across Borders’ was to explore my Liverpool Irish characters… Continue reading

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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