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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.
Liverpool, 1925: Can a chance meeting lead to a fresh start? Lillian Taylor dreams of a world beyond the locked gates of the convent orphanage. For ten years she has survived the hard faith of the Mother Superior, but the arrival of a glamorous visitor changes everything. Claiming to be her aunt, Anna Ainsley offers the little orphan girl a home and opportunities she never could have dreamed of. But can Lillian seize her chance of happiness without facing the secrets of her past? A heartwarming Liverpool saga, perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries, Katie Flynn and Maeve Binchy. Praise for Geraldine O'Neill: 'Absolutely brilliant. I couldn't put it down. A real triumph' Lyn Andrews
When a Dublin family is torn apart, can a new start in Liverpool help heal the wounds? 1940s Dublin Handsome widower Johnny Cassidy is out of work, broken-hearted and lost as to how to look after his four children. At his lowest ebb, he's forced to realise that help sometimes comes from the strangest places. With Johnny's family over the sea in Liverpool, it's his wife's spinster cousin Nora who comes to the rescue and has her life turned upside down by this brood of children. With Nora around, Ella Cassidy can be a teenager again rather than trying to raise her younger siblings, while older brother, Sean, finds that music might be his salvation. It seems that each member of the Cassidy family cherishes secret dreams, but will they bring them together or tear them apart? A warm and inviting story of family and friendship, duty and desire, perfect for fans of Maureen Lee and Lyn Andrews.