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The Flowers of Ballygrace by Geraldine O'Neill
  

The Flowers of Ballygrace

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A 1950âs setting for an enchanting saga that really does capture the period. A gentle read, full of incident, engagingly portrayed.

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Synopsis

The Flowers of Ballygrace by Geraldine O'Neill

Kate Flowers has spent all her young life by the banks of the Grand Canal in Ballygrace. Her dreams of becoming a nurse and leaving the quiet countryside of her home have been put aside to concentrate instead on looking after Mary, her widowed mother, as well as keeping an eye on her volatile brother, Brendan, who works on the barges.

Kate's life seems set to be run by the rhythms of the canal. Her days are spent keeping house for the family, with occasional nights out dancing with her friends. But when Brendan introduces her to handsome young boatman, Michael O'Brien, a new life beckons.

Life for the whole Flowers family is about to change - but in ways they could never have imagined, as both joy and tragedy are close at hand. Kate, Mary and Brendan must learn to look again at themselves - and each other - and find love and strength in the most unexpected of places for their family to bloom.

About the Author

Geraldine O'Neill

Geraldine O’Neill grew up in Cleland, a small mining village, in Lanarkshire, Scotland. The second of six children, she was educated in St Mary’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 writers’ 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 Geraldine’s house in April 2004!

Geraldine O’Neill has been writing since the early 90’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, Tara’s Fortune and Aisling Gayle. Both Tara Flynn and Tara’s Fortune are now published in the UK and Commonwealth by Orion.

Her forthcoming book, The Grace Girls (which is set in 50’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.

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Publication date

13th June 2007

Author

Geraldine O'Neill

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Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback (a Format)

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780752881515

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