Carmel's fourth novel is a real page turner

By Esther Hayden

Published 17/09/2016 | 00:00

Carmel Harrington launches her new novel (right) in Wexford on Friday.
Carmel Harrington launches her new novel (right) in Wexford on Friday.
Carmel Harrington launches her new novel (right) in Wexford on Friday.

Award winning author Carmel Harrington will launch her fourth novel in Wexford Book Centre on Friday, September 16.

Stay at home mum Carmel juggled young children and books to become a success story in the digital publishing world. Now with a worldwide deal with HarperCollins her latest novel, The Things I Should Have Told You, is receiving rave reviews.

Hailing from Screen Carmel writes with incredible compassion and warmth making characters so authentic they could be sitting right beside you.

Married to Roger with two young children Amelia (6) and Nate (4) Carmel has been dubbed the Queen of Emotional Writing and has been compared to one of her heroes, Maeve Binchy.

In The Things I Should Have Told You Carmel draws readers into the lives of the Guinness family who are a family in crisis, a family slowly falling apart.

Olly and Mae's marriage is crumbling, their teenage daughter Evie is on a mission to self-destruct and their beloved Pops is dying of cancer. But Pops has one final gift to offer his beloved family - a ray of hope to cling to. As his life's journey draws to a close, he sends his family on an adventure across Europe in a camper van, guided by his letters, his wisdom, and his love.

Speaking about the inspiration between The Things I Should Have Told You Carmel said that the fictional Guinness family first began to materialise in her imagination a couple of years ago growing in complexity until she just had to put pen to paper.

'The Guinness family, who are at the heart of this book, first began to whisper to me, a couple of years ago, until finally I knew I simply had to write their story.

'It all began with an interview I watched between Susan Sarandon and Oprah Winfrey. Susan shared how she set her children a humanitarian project when they became teenagers. She was determined they learned that not everybody is born into a privileged life.

'I spoke to my husband Roger and we agreed that when our children were a little older, we would find a way to do our own humanitarian project. In the mean-time, we'd do our best to teach them that the world is both a big and a small place. That abject poverty can sit side by side with lavish wealth and kindness can be found in the most remote and unusual of places.

'I learned this to be true, during my many travels as a young woman. These travels have given me some of the best adventures of my life. And there's no doubt that these experiences have helped to shape me into the woman I am today.

'Using all of these experiences, The Guinness Family came to life - a family who travel and how seeing the world from a new vantage point, can change them. Throwing them into a small space, like Nomad, seemed like the perfect way to explore the complex dynamics of family life.

'I particularly wanted to look at the relationships between husband and wife, parent and child, and how lies and half-truths can tear people apart. Ultimately I wanted to write a story that explored the true meaning of home, of family, of love. I hope I have created a moving portrait of contemporary family life for my readers.'

Carmel's other bestsellers include Every Time A Bell Rings, The Life You Left and multi award winning Beyond Grace's Rainbow. The launch of The Things I Should Have Told You takes place in the Book Centre this Friday at 6.30pm.

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