By Rose Barrett
Following the success of her debut novel ‘Lives Apart’, Dublin author Anne McLoughlin’s sequel novel went on release on this week.
‘Lives Without End’ is publishedby Poolbeg Press and continues the emotional journey of an Irish family spanning three generations.
Mary Ann survives the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s and survives to become the matriarch of the McNamara family. The solid rock, the foundation stone of the family, however, has a hidden heartache of her own.
Her granddaughter, beautiful but emotionally fragile Bridie, emigrates to Boston for a new life. Following an affair that would rock society were it to be discovered, she makes a heart-breaking decision, and returns home to Ireland with her arsenal of secrets.
Set in Counties Wexford and Clare, and Boston, USA – who knows what lies beneath the surface one presents to the world?
Anne’s debut book got rave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and already the sequel is clocking up positive acclaim.
Anne’s life experience shows that at any age, anyone can take on new challenges or new directions.
“After my career in television, I reinvented myself as an author,” she said. Anne worked in production of many a TV success series including popular Dublin soap series Fair City; a children’s programme Anything Goes; a documentary Would you Believe and the very popular Kenny Live.
She further worked with Brendan O’Carroll and the early development of the bold Mrs Brown.
Her new found reputation as an author is suiting her well, especially during the isolation of Covid lockdown.
“Only last month, I was invited to join the Reading Room Book Club, part of the United Irish Cultural Centre of San Francisco, to do a (zoom) reading from Lives Apart.
“The story was set in San Francisco. I further did readings from the book set in Boston and from Co Clare as these experiences depicted the issues of immigration familiar to many Irish Americans.
“They seemed surprised I was a city girl because of the authentic way I presented nature and the farming/rural life” said Anne who in fact, grew up in Woodbine Avenue near Belfield, and now lives in Booterstown.
Anne divides her time between her Dublin home and her ‘creative hub’, her second home in Ballygarret, Co Wexford.
Anne was effectively ‘trapped’ in her Wexford retreat when restrictions kicked in for a third time but it’s been a blessing as she continued her writings without any distractions.
Watch this space for the release of a third book in the series!
Lives Without End by Anne M McLoughlin is available as an eBook or Paperback from Amazon and Book Depository from May 5, 2021.