Third Novel In "The Four Lights Quartet" Entitled The Moonlight By Fergus O'connell Is Published

Top Quote A love-story set in the beginning of WWI. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 23, 2013 - About the Book-
    ummer, 1914. Clara, a passionate young London wife and the mother of two small girls, is married to Henry, a manager at an insurance company, but the marriage is not in good shape. Both of them have, in their own ways, given up on it.

    As the countdown to WWI begins in the capitals of Europe and war is declared, Clara discovers Henry is having an affair with a woman at work. Clara too finds herself drawn to another man, James, a divorced Foreign Office worker, and must fight against both the conventions of the time and her own conscience as they fall in love. But when Henry and James enlist, Clara must begin the long vigil, waiting to see which, if either of them, will return from the fighting.

    About the Author:
    Fergus O'Connell writes fiction and non-fiction. His 2002 novel Call The Swallow was short-listed for the 2002 Kerry Irish Fiction Prize and nominated for the Hughes & Hughes / Sunday Independent Novel of the Year. The first two novels in his 'The Four Lights' quartet of love stories, Starlight and Sunlight, were published in 2011 and 2012. The last book in the series, Candlelight, will be published in Spring 2014.

    Fergus is also author of fourteen business books. The first of these, How to Run Successful Projects - the Silver Bullet, has become a bestseller and has been in print for over twenty years. His book on common sense entitled Simply Brilliant, also a bestseller and now in its fourth edition, was runner-up in the W H Smith Book Awards 2002. His books have been translated into twenty languages.

    Excerpt from the book:

    Chapter 1 - Saturday 27 June 1914

    Henry is taking much longer than usual.

    And now Clara is afraid she is going to laugh. Just as she did that other time. The time of The Pickwick Papers. And that's what's trying to creep into her head again now. That book. That blessed book. Oh dear God, don't let it. Oh please, don't let it.

    From where she is, Clara cannot see very much. She is on her back, her head raised on her two pillows, nightdress pushed up above her waist and her legs wide apart. The room is in darkness as it always is on these occasions but, as a concession to the warm summer night, Henry drew back the curtains before getting into bed. By the ambient light from outside she can see the ceiling and a shadowed version of Henry's moustachioed face.

    She can smell him though - a mixture of toothpaste, meat, wine, brandy and the cigar he smoked in the restaurant before they came home. And she can hear him - hear his breathing which has now become something of a gentle pant, like a runner who has settled into a rhythm. She deliberately notices all these details because she is trying to keep her mind off The Pickwick Papers.

    This is what happened the last time.

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