Bryan Murphy

Biography

Bryan Murphy is a man of Kent, though he comes from a long line of Irish peasants. He has worked as a fruit-picker, kitchen hand, road-sweeper, bar-tender, wages clerk, teacher of English as a foreign language, translator and copy-editor. He recently retired from a job within the United Nations system, and now concentrates on his own words, as a writer and an actor. He divides his time among England, Italy, the wider world and cyberspace.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing my words on the screen as I type them in and thinking “Someone is going to read this”.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Houlihan’s Wake is set in the fictitious former-hippy hangout of Playa Chisme (“Gossip Beach”) on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. The first time I visited the real place, I noticed a middle-aged man sitting on the beach in the lotus position, bare-headed under the noonday sun. When I asked about him, I was told that he was a US citizen who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had decided to come to Playa Chisme in order to die in a beautiful place. The last time I visited, years later, he was still there. I took up the idea of someone going to a beautiful place in order to die, and finding it remarkably hard to do so. Houlihan, though, is young and healthy except in his mind. Like Joyce’s Finnegan, he gets to attend a party that could have been his own funeral.
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Where to find Bryan Murphy online


Books

Linehan's Ordeal
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Series: Sean Linehan. Price: Free! Words: 9,250. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2015. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Sean Linehan brings over his dead boss to Hong Kong to open Asia’s finest sports venue. Captivated by the alluring Hypatia, Sean gets kidnapped by Maoist guerrillas. His government will not pay a ransom. Can he stay alive long enough to fulfil his quest to become good? Dark humour and subtle satire enrich this tale of our all-too-near future.
Angels Versus Virgins
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Price: Free! Words: 4,590. Language: British English. Published: February 2, 2015. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(5.00)
A young man with a mission: to get himself killed, to subvert the established order in the name of the one true faith. What can come between him and the virgins he has been promised, if not the Angels in his heart? Dark humour lightens this tale of teenage longing taken to the extreme.
Houlihan's Wake
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Price: Free! Words: 9,300. Language: British English. Published: November 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00)
Can a young man succeed in dying amid the splendour of Mexico?
Madeleine's Drug
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Price: Free! Words: 3,560. Language: British English. Published: October 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
The future: work is a luxury, mating a duty and sex a drug. What will you take to survive?
Addio pioggia limpida
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Series: Daria Rigoletti - italiano. Price: Free! Words: 2,410. Language: Italian. Published: June 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Uno stato canaglia in agonia. Un uomo con una missione: salvare i figli dei suoi migliori amici. A che prezzo? E basterà? Chi è la misteriosa intermediaria, fredda ma sensuale? Un "prequel" di "Padania addio" per presentarvi Daria Rigoletti.
Breakaway
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Series: Daria Rigoletti. Price: Free! Words: 3,730. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(5.00)
2032. An independent state carved out of Italy is sliding into bloody chaos. A foreigner pursues a mission: to save the two children of his closest friends from murderous racist thugs. He is ready to pay any price, but will it be enough? Dark Future, good reading.
Linehan Saves
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Series: Sean Linehan, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 5,470. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(5.00)
The year is 2020. China has sentenced corrupt soccer players and officials to death in a crackdown. The world body sends Seán Linehan to save them. As usual, Linehan has his own agenda: no girls, art or money this time. He wants to be good. But China strews his path with temptations. Dark Future, good reading.
Heresy
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Price: Free! Words: 6,170. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(4.50)
A riveting tale of a not-so-distant future in which who you are is what you eat. And loyalty depends on sharing, or refusing to share, blood. Literally. Dark Future, good reading.
Murder By Suicide
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Price: Free! Words: 3,150. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
(4.67)
A rare visitor to a hospice near Rome draws out macabre reminiscences from inmate Franco Tira, whose life changed when the day-to-day business of disposing of dissidents got personal. A gripping, illusion-free look at people we license to kill.
Padania addio
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Series: Daria Rigoletti - italiano. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,090. Language: Italian. Published: November 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
In uno stato immaginario prossimo venturo che si è separato dall’Italia, una giovane donna tenta di emanciparsi dal ruolo che il destino sembra averle riservato: quello di killer professionista. Sullo sfondo di uno stato canaglia in agonia, Daria Rigoletti si trasforma prima in una contrabbandiera di esseri umani, poi in una cult leader. Ma le circostanze tramano contro di lei.
Goodbye, Padania
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Series: Daria Rigoletti. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,120. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(4.50)
Daria is a young woman from the south of Italy. Seduced by a priest, she never forgets and never forgives. Years later, she is in the independent, racist state of Padania, carved out of Italy. She has a contract to fulfil: a contract to kill. The look in her victim Mercurio’s eyes stops her, and from then on Daria herself is on the run. She does everything to give up killing, but can she?
Linehan's Trip
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Series: Sean Linehan, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 5,070. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(4.17)
The year is 2019. Sean Linehan, an international sports executive, arrives in Padania to vet the newly independent nation’s bid to join the world football community. As usual, Linehan has his own agenda: girls, art and money. He finds a ready supply, but how will he react when Padania reveals some of its dark secrets?

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