New Blog for Ned Hickey

Ned is out there on nedhickey.wordpress.com. Large as life. He is on what I call a script-novel where one reads the film and sees the book. Try it on – it might fit your way of thinking and imagining. Anyway he walks and talks, lives and loves in the life created by Big Bill Nolan in the pub at Ballon between the drawing of pints for the thirsty. What an achievement that writing was in the days before the computer, wordprocessor and probably in the absence of a typewriter, when there was no barrier between a man and his thoughts but the sharpening of a pencil.

Free for the reading, he is and very soon free to download from all the ebooks. Why so? because he deserves it.

 

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The Children come home!

Thanks to Lynda and Tony at Carlow People for the spread on their paper for my book, Children of the Cromlech. It is a great satisfaction to see an interest from the region which inspired it. 

I have been working on a script-novel version of my NED HICKEY which is an adaptation of the novel THEY FIRST AROSE by William Nolan of Ballon. It is now ready to go on all the e-books and will be FREE to download. Yes, I am that keen  to see it circulate and maybe find a screen producer in need of an exciting script.

So what is a script-novel? It is a story format for those readers who do not wish to be told every detail of a character’s appearance or the colours of a sunset. It relates the story with enough space for the reader’s imagination to roam and create unlike the modern novel which is written for an acquiescent and passive victim who ends up with every detail of the author’s vision and none of their own.

It is not a script because it is not simply a skeleton which producers, directors, hack script-writers and other technicians can invest with all the cliches which sell movies.

It is a different way of reading, inviting the imagination to go to work and conjure up scenes from your personal life-view and experience.

Read the film and see the book. Relax and create. I think it will satisfy.  

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The Children now on Amazon

Children of the Cromlech is now available as a printed copy from Amazon.com and Amazon.uk for US$ 14.95 or GBP 9.50 respectively. This is made possible by the revolution in publishing known as print-on-demand. You order, they print and deliver. 

There is still the option of ordering a single copy from me at Euro 12.95 including postage!!

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New Zealand

 

 

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Children of the Cromlech – review

Andy Crossen wrote -

I read this first novel by John O’Neill in a single afternoon sitting. It is the gripping story of the lives of three Irish children as they progress to adulthood and their struggles to come to terms with themselves and the events that they experience, sometimes with each other, sometimes not. As implied, their paths cross at times throughout the book. Mr O’Neill has a particular skill in writing dialogue that impresses so much, that I felt as I read that I was hearing the conversations rather than reading them. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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Children of the Cromlech – and their children’s children

I wrote in my latest blog note – COC new price – that the book might explain to a younger generation those characteristics of their parents and grandparents that amuse, annoy or puzzle them. It’s the Generation Gap, boys and girls but with a twist. It is inevitable universally but more powerful and sometimes destructive in a changed environment. My father’s generation, born in Ireland of the 1890s, lived a very similar lifestyle to that of his father at least until the wider availability of the petrol engine in Ireland of the 1950s. Mechanisation and travel did not leap forward in the first 60 years of my father’s life. Life and community was still local. Life’s necessities  were produced nearby. News came from the daily newspaper or from the mouth of the occasional intrepid traveler whose information was entertaining but irrelevant.

The gap increases with change. This may be because of technological or social revolution as in generations who continue to live in the same place but very different conditions. I am more concerned by the greater chasm which opens because of emigration. When children of the diaspora grow up to see the Irishness of their parents after many years in a new country it is inexplicable to them. They need to share. At times of trauma such as in their illness or particularly in death the children feel the need to know what made their families different, to understand the tensions, to forgive the misunderstandings and find reconciliation.

It is my hope that Children of the Cromlech will explain one to the other in the particular lives of those I have chosen to narrate and, less seriously, entertain others with a good yarn.

 

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Children of the Cromlech – New Price

I have finally got a reprint of the Children of the Cromlech specifically to avail of letter rate postage to overseas. The previous prints were on Munken paper,  soft and beautiful, but quite bulky with the result that many of my books were too thick for letter-rate and went parcel at four times the cost. Not a good look. I now have the book on laser paper, white, shiny and THIN. A further advantage is that it fits an A5 post-bag neatly. Pity about the Munken.

As a result, the price of Children of the Cromlech can now be reduced from NZ$ 24.95 to 19.95 (Eur 12.95, US$15.95) including postage and we are all HAPPY.

If you would like to understand the difficulties your father and mother or your grandparents might have struggled against in the Ireland of the 1930 – 1950s, do read it.

Contact me, the author, printer, binder, shipping clerk, accounts, marketing guru etc etc at

kiwijohn@xnet.co.nz

40 Marshall Road

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Kaiwaka 0573

New Zealand

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Children of the Cromlech – in time and space, 1936.

 Children of the Cromlech - in time and space, 1936.

Tobin’s general shop, see ballonvillage.com for the history

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July 2, 2012 · 10:20 pm