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Joe Murphy was born in 1979 in Co. Wexford, Ireland. In Enniscorthy Vocational College, he excelled at English, winning several awards and being shortlisted for Young Science Fiction Writer of the Year. Joe studied English at University College Dublin where he received 1st Class Hons and a scholarship to complete a Masters in Early Modern Drama. He went on to qualify as a secondary school teacher. Joe Murphy's ambitious debut novel 1798: Tomorrow the Barrow We'll Cross was published in 2011 by Liberties Press (Dublin) to excellent reviews: epic novel of revolution , a swashbuckling tale , a cracking good read , brilliantly researched and movingly written , a gut wrenching and page turning story ... Muprhy's second novel, Dead Dogs, was published by Liberties Press in September 2012 and launched by Arlene Hunt.
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A provocatively surprising read, at times graphically gruesome writing writhes from the pages, and a strong stomach is required to deal with some of the overtly descriptive and violent detailing. Three different men in different time spans have their thoughts and feelings brought to life, the connection isn't immediately obvious, then unsettling and troubling thoughts start to knock at your minds door as a recognition of repetition and joining of tales occurs. The intense, vivid descriptions of Dublin hint at what is to come, the stories twist together, encouraging the pages to turn faster and faster while a part of you almost fears to look in case your suspicion is correct. A disturbing, unsettling, dynamic, and intensely hard-hitting read; once you start, you really won’t be able to stop. ~ Liz Robinson