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Brendan Gerad O’Brien was born in Tralee, on the west coast of Ireland and now lives in Newport, South Wales with his wife Jennifer and daughters Shelly and Sarah.
As a child he spent his summer holidays in Listowel, Co Kerry, where his uncle Moss Scanlon had a Harness Maker’s shop, now long gone.
The shop was a magnet for all sorts of colourful characters. It was there that his love of words was kindled by the stories of John B. Keane and Bryan MacMahon, who often wandered into the shop for a chat and bit of jovial banter.
After serving nine years in the Royal Navy, Brendan progressed to retail management, working as a Department manager with the UK’s second largest Supermarket.
Now retired, his hobby is writing short stories, twenty of which have already been published individually over the years, and also as a collection called Dreamin Dreams
Dark September is his first full novel
on Sep. 22, 2011 :
This story is in the wrong category. It belongs in Young Adult and is a coming of age tale centering on a fourteen year old girl and her family. She, her mother and two siblings are floundering after the loss of her father in an auto accident. Editing is good and the simple story is short and fast paced. Character development is minimal, but enough to give the reader a feel for each of the characters. I don't usually read this genre but found the story to be refreshing and up lifting.
(review of free book)