Battered

The shadow of a death haunts the lives of a group of young friends in a small Irish seaside town with a dark past. Lives entwine and holy statues dance under Summer skies as the World watches football, then God takes a hand. More

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  • Category: Fiction » Coming of age
  • Words: 69,450
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781782809845
About Stephen McCarthy

Hi,

So the period of decumulation has begun, I have retired from paid work in the Construction Industry to concentrate on creative exploits. I am surfing the wave of my savings to see where it takes me. To celebrate this 'retirement' some holidays were required so Newfoundland, Tasmania and the truly amazing Antarctic have been visited in the last few months. Some ideas for future stories were born along the way.

Thank you to all those people who have taken an interest in my books over the last few years. This interest has inspired me to commit to something I truly enjoy doing, writing. I am now back in Ireland for the foreseeable future and making good progress with my next novel,.

With the working title 'One Man's Hero', this is a transatlantic, generational saga dealing with identity, patriotism and self awareness. It spans most of the 20th and early 21st centuries to discuss how different circumstances influence how different generations deal with age-old problems. I am enjoying the writing so hopefully sometime in the next year to 18 months you guys will get a chance to enjoy the book.

Searching for Ahimsa, and Battered have both now reached double figure sales, again thank you to the unknown supporters out there for taking a chance on my work.

I have lived in Northern Ireland since 2004 though I grew up in Cork. Searching for Ahimsa is my first novel and the idea was born on a flight from Bangkok to London whilst I was suffering from a feverish bout of food poisoning. It has been well received by readers and follows an Engineer as he gets entangled in local politics in Northern Ireland at the start of the peace process when a genuine opportunity for change was available. It is vaguely autobiographical.

My second novel, Battered, tells the story of the aftermath of the death of a young girl in a small Irish seaside town and how it affects the relationships of a group of friends who work in a fish & chip shop. It is set against the backdrop of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and the phenomenon of moving statutes that swept Ireland that Summer.

Thank you for supporting my efforts and I hope you enjoy my books.

All the best on this merry adventure.

Stephen

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