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The Arrival of Fergal Flynn

For sixteen year old Fergal Flynn, growing up in 1980s Belfast isn't easy. His father and brothers despise him; he’s his mother’s crutch one day, her punching bag the next; he has no idea what he wants to do with his life; and he fancies one of the boys in his class… Fergal just wants to belong – but knows he never will. When handsome young Father Mac arrives in the parish, Fergal embarks on a whirlwind journey towards a new life. As their relationship deepens, he discovers his sexuality, his talent for singing and the wonderful, terrifying opportunities the world has to offer.

 

Funny, tender and unflinching, The Arrival of Fergal Flynn is the story of a young man struggling to find his voice against all the odds. This novel allows us to see the rich source of talent that has made Brian famous. Having the book published is a personal triumph and one that has required hard work, dedication and a willingness to share a part of one's soul.

 

Quote from Brian:  "I managed a wee rest in Greece where I also final-proofed my novel which is out in the first week of September. It brings me back to the nervous weeks before my very first album came out in 1990… So, my first book called ‘The Arrival of Fergal Flynn’ is about to arrive. I never worked harder on anything in my life and the Editors at Hodder have been amazing. What a learning curve." 

 

Publisher: Hodder Headline. Publication Date: 1st September 2004. Binding: Paperback.ISBN: 0 340 83229 0. EAN: 9780340832295

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Roman Song

'Roman Song' is the much anticipated sequel to Brian's novel 'The Arrival of Fergal Flynn'. When Fergal Flynn's remarkable singing talent is discovered by world-renowned opera star Alfredo Moretti, the young man sets out from his native Belfast for Rome, to study under the famous singer. This new, sophisticated world is a far cry from working-class Belfast. But Fergal soon finds out that escaping from a troubled past is not just a matter of geography. The more he tries to disguise his rough edges, the harder it becomes for him to unearth his true voice. He must dig deep if he is to rise to the challenge.

Moving back in time to the glamour of 1950s Venice, Roman Song also tells the story of three leading lights of Tosca - Alfredo, Marla Davis and Brendan Fiscetti - and of Amelia, the beautiful widowed countess, whose entrance stage-left creates a bitter rift between the three companions. When, three decades on, Alfredo gets word that Brendan Fiscetti is starring at the Teatro where Fergal works backstage, it becomes clear that Fergal is not the only one running from his past. 'Roman Song is an enchanting and funny tale of coming to terms with your true self, and of how facing your demons can open the door to the fulfilment of dreams.

 

Released on trade paperback in Ireland on 29th October 2005 through Publishers - Hodder Headline Ireland. ISBN: 0340832312

Breaking The Skin

We are pleased to announce that Brian has two short stories published in the Breaking The Skin Anthology - (Volume 1 - New Irish Short Stories), released on 18th October 2002.

 

Brian's two short stories entitled 'The Value of Flames' and 'The Sky Painter' joins the best in emerging Irish Authors to create a book on 21st Century Irish writing.

Following on from Brian's short story appearing in 'Breaking The Skin', Black Mountain Review have published another short story of Brian's - 'Everybody's Married Now'. The short story appears in Issue 13 of the magazine.

Everybody's Married Now

Following on from Brian's short story appearing in 'Breaking The Skin', Black Mountain Review have published another short story of Brian's - 'Everybody's Married Now'. The short story appears in Issue 13 of the magazine.