Wednesday 23 October 2019

Michelle makes book a reality with campaign

Michele Dooley Mahon with her new book, 'Scourged-A Memoir'.
Michele Dooley Mahon with her new book, 'Scourged-A Memoir'.

Local writer Michelle Dooley Mahon has gone to great lengths to bring her book to fruition and this month, it will finally hit the shelves.

The official launch of 'Scourged-A Memoir' on October 22 will certainly be a momentous occasion for the Wexford novelist, who raised €5000 through a FundIt campaign in order to get it published. Readers of Michelle's blog are already eager to get their hands on a copy of her debut novel.

'People already asking in shops have they got it despite the fact it is still with the publisher,' said Michelle.

The inspiration for 'Scourged' stemmed from Michelle's experience of having a mother with dementia. Written over four years, it takes the reader on a journey from her mother Siobhan's initial diagnosis, to her decline right up to her sad death which occurred earlier this year. Michelle describes it as an 'honest memoire' which is 'both humorous and heart-breaking'.

The book may not even be on sale yet but it has already received widespread praise from those who have managed to catch an early glimpse. Declan Dempsey from the Raven Theatre Group said: 'It brings home the bitter sweet truth that to live is to love and to love is to lose.' Meanwhile, Wexford author Eoin Colfer described it as 'that most rare and wonderful creature'. However, it was the opinion of a certain person that was particularly important to Michelle.

'My Dad read it and was moved by it which was the only benediction I needed,' she said.

The launch of Scourged-A Memoir will take place in the Wexford Book Centre from 7 p.m.

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