A Son Called Gabriel

A Son Called Gabriel

Damian McNicholl

Literature & Fiction / Fiction / Historical Fiction

A beautiful and deeply felt coming-of-age novel that follows one young man's struggles with family secrets and the mysteries of his own heart in 1960s Northern Ireland.Gabriel Harkin is the eldest of four children in a working-class family in 1960s Northern Ireland, struggling through a loving, if often brutal, childhood. In the staunchly Catholic community to which Gabriel belongs, the strict rules for belief and behavior are clear. But his upbringing is marked by constant bullying by peers who prey on his gentle nature and the constant battle to earn the love and respect of his father. Even as he strives to be the perfect picture of young Irish boyhood, he is undermined at every turn by his true feelings.As political clashes and violence take place across the country, Gabriel must face his own inner turmoil. He begins to suspect that he's not like other boys, and tries desperately to lock away his feelings—and his fears—even as he explores his...
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The Moment of Truth

The Moment of Truth

Damian McNicholl

Literature & Fiction / Fiction / Historical Fiction

Inspired by true events, The Moment of Truth finds a Texan art student facing down life, death, love, and glory in the bullfighting rings of 1950s Mexico.Texan art student Kathleen Boyd has been dreaming about becoming a matador since her beloved father took her to the bullfighting ring when she was just a child. Now a young woman, her disapproving fiancé and her practical-minded mother see her dream only as a foolish flight of fancy. Nevertheless, Kathleen relocates to Mexico and finds herself under the instruction of Fermin, a retired matador who is intent on asserting his dominance in their partnership. Though taking on a female apprentice is unheard of, Fermin sees Kathleen's undeniable talent and promises that she'll one day perform at the prestigious Plaza Mexico bullring.While Kathleen struggles to perform alongside the unwelcoming men of Mexico's bullfighting scene, she is befriended by Julio, better known as El Cabrito—The Kid. Much to...
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Twisted Agendas

Twisted Agendas

Damian McNicholl

Literature & Fiction / Fiction / Historical Fiction

Desperate to escape his predetermined existence, Danny decides to break out from life in Northern Ireland, and move to London. He then meets Piper, a friendly and outgoing American girl on a quest of her own. Two very different worlds are thrown together as Danny is willingly absorbed into unfamiliar territory. However, when the Hammersmith Bridge is bombed, Piper disappears without a trace and Danny finds himself the centre of a police investigation, hounded by whispers of the IRA. Dark and humorous, Danny and Piper s story is one of dysfunctional parenting, clashing motives and twenty-something's negotiating love and big city life.
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