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Geraldine Oâ€™Neill grew up in Cleland, a small mining village, in Lanarkshire, Scotland. The second of six children, she was educated in St Maryâ€™s Primary in Cleland then Holy Cross High School in Hamilton.
Whilst working as a teacher in the local primary school in Ireland, Geraldine helped start up a local writersâ€™ group which is still going strong 13 years later. She is an accomplished public speaker, and was President of Tullamore Toastmasters in 2002.
She started up a Book Circle in Tullamore which is now in its 6th year, and one of their meetings was broadcast live on National Radio from Geraldineâ€™s house in April 2004!
Geraldine Oâ€™Neill has been writing since the early 90â€™s and had gained a number of awards for her short stories before embarking on her first novel. She has also had a number of poems published.
She has had three novels published in Ireland by Poolbeg to date: Tara Flynn, Taraâ€™s Fortune and Aisling Gayle. Both Tara Flynn and Taraâ€™s Fortune are now published in the UK and Commonwealth by Orion.
Her forthcoming book, The Grace Girls (which is set in 50â€™s Scotland) is due to be published in the UK and Ireland in Summer 2005.
She is currently working on her fifth novel, which has the working title of Kate Larkin.
A heartwarming saga of family and friendship, duty and desire, perfect for fans of Maureen Lee and Lyn Andrews from storyteller Geraldine O'Neill.
A 1950â€™s setting for an enchanting saga that really does capture the period. A gentle read, full of incident, engagingly portrayed.Similar this month: None but try Katie Flynn.Comparison: Catherine Cookson, Maeve Binchy, Rose Doyle.