There are two deaths from natural causes, a couple of suicides, a rape, the sexual abuse of a minor by a radio DJ, people-trafficking for underage sex and a middle aged married couple who make love in a Welsh woodland whilst on holiday.
All pretty ordinary run of the mill stuff – certainly no exhilarating car chases or terrifying shoot-outs.
I know it shouldn’t, but that comment, my first disappointing review, worried me. Or, it did until I read the e-mail John MacKenna wrote me on New Years Day.
John is an award winning Irish novelist, poet and playwright. I described in a previous post how it was at a writing workshop he conducted that the principle protagonist in Transgression first revealed himself to me. In November last year I had the pleasure of attending a function at which John and a number of other long established Irish poets and writers, including Dermot Bolger, Rita Ann Higgins, Liam Ryan and Seamus Hosey, read from their work.
I took along a copy of Transgression. At the conclusion of the event I approached John and presented it to him. This is what he wrote about it in that New Years Day e-mail:
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you about your book. The autumn/early winter was a really busy time between finishing a play tour and working on a book. Finally, over the Christmas, I got time to catch up on reading and got to Transgression.
Congratulations – what a wonderfully absorbing story with characters who came alive and a narrative that really carried me through the book in just three sittings. You must be very proud of it – you should be.
And thank you for the kind mention – I’m glad that character exercise led to greater things.
Again, thanks for giving me a copy and well done on a splendid piece of work. May there be more in 2016 and the years ahead.
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