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Gerry McCullough has been writing poems and stories since childhood. Brought up in north Belfast, she graduated in English and Philosophy from Queen's University, Belfast, then went on to gain an MA in English.
She lives just outside Belfast, in Northern Ireland, has four grown up children and is married to author, media producer and broadcaster, Raymond McCullough, with whom she co-edited the Irish magazine, 'Bread', (published by Kingdom Come Trust), from 1990-96. In 1995 they published a non-fiction book called, 'Ireland - now the good news!'
Over the past few years Gerry has had more than fifty short stories published in UK, Irish and American magazines, anthologies and annuals - as well as broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster - plus poems and articles published in several Northern Ireland and UK magazines. She has also read from her novel, poems and short stories at several Irish literary events.
Gerry won the Cuírt International Literary Award for 2005 (Galway); was shortlisted for the 2008 Brian Moore Award (Belfast); shortlisted for the 2009 Cuírt Award; and commended in the 2009 Seán O'Faolain Short Story Competition, (Cork). Her first full-length Irish novel, 'Belfast Girls,' was published in November 2010. A second thriller-romance novel, 'Danger, Danger,' is available late October, 2011.
The Cuírt Award-winning story, 'Primroses', and the Seán O'Faolain commended story, 'Giving Up', are part of a series of twelve Irish short stories written by Gerry, to be published shortly.
Also in the pipeline are, 'Lady Molly and the Snapper' - a young adult novel set in Dublin; 'Not the End of the World' - a humorous, futuristic, adult fantasy novel; and 'The Seanachie: Tales of Old Seamus' - a first collection of her humorous Irish short stories previously published in an Irish magazine.
on Nov. 08, 2011 :
I have been eagerly awaiting a new book by Author Gerry McCullough, having read and enjoyed her marvelous debut novel Belfast Girls.
The new book exceeded my expectations. The story of twins separated at birth is not new…what is new is Author McCulloughs marvelous interpretation of parallel lives.
The emotional intensity of the characters is beautifully drawn. You care for these people.
I turned the pages rapidly; eager to learn more of their lives, their loves and their fear.
This book is a thriller, the action is fast paced, the depth of characterization mesmerizing and highly visual.
Author Gerry McCullough serves us a feast with this book.
The women in this work come from utterly different backgrounds and it is a measure of this authors talent that both Katie in her working class world and her twin Annie the high flying party girl are wonderfully sympathetic characters. Each of them are likeable, and you can’t help but care what happens to them.
They share poor taste in their selection of their men folk as well.
Those choices lead them into much danger. With perfect timing and page turning action this book is addictive, and simply unputdownable.
A great choice for a Christmas gift in my opinion.
(reviewed the day of purchase)