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Martin Lannigan is eleven years old and can’t swim.
His sister looks like The Riddler in the Batman comic and she has a dodgy set of tonsils.
He loves his Ma and Trigger Bars.
He spends his time staring at the naked dummies in Clery’s shop window, going to Saturday morning grushies and eating cake at a neighbour’s wake.
He has a hankering to be a great cowboy like Gary Cooper.
He lives on Ormond Quay beside The Liffey and writes everything down in his copybook.

It’s 1969. At last - Martin is ready to tell his story....

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Peter McCluskey, had a busy time over his last three summer holidays - writing his debut novel. Titled “Boys In The River”, the book was written in Crete, Sardinia and Venice and finally put together and edited in Celbridge.

“It was a bit of a jigsaw really,” explains Peter. “I didn’t deliberately set out to write it at different time periods. It just happened that way. I found on holidays I could more easily put aside a few hours a day writing whereas at home there can be a multitude of distractions.”

Over the past number of years Peter has contributed to a variety of local newspapers and magazines and even was a part time freelance photographer for the NME in Britain.
“I’ve written everything from music publishing articles for Hotpress, sports reports for the Liffey Champion, local pieces for In Dublin and even a music column for the Leinster Leader. I always wanted to write a novel and I’m glad I persevered.

The book is written from the perspective of an eleven year old boy living on Ormond Quay at the end of the Sixties – the scrapes he gets into; the games he plays; how he interacts with his family and friends. It’s a humorous look at life in a simpler time.
 
“While the book is a work of fiction,” says Pete, “there is an autobiographical element to it also. They say you should write about what you know so it’s inevitable that you will include some of your own life experiences in any book you produce.”
 
Since it's publication date in January, 2009, reaction to the book has been very favourable with strong sales figures. The book went to reprint after the initial pressing sold out in four weeks. Copies of the book also were ordered into all the main libraries nationwide.

Peter has signed some signed copies for sale at €10 each with all proceeds going to Crumlin Children’s Hospital. If anyone would like to buy a signed copy for charity then please go to the order page here>>>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Kingdom wants to be a successful songwriter.
Instead, he’s an unemployed, stay-at-home Dad.
His wife has an idea - he should start a diary.
It will give him some focus and direction.

Robert feels it’s time to re-invent himself.
Time to stand up and be counted.
But - what if fate and everyday life gets in his way?
What if things don’t go according to plan?

Let the diary begin...

 

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Not content with publishing his debut novel in January 2009, Peter McCluskey, is about to follow up the success of his first book by publishing his second novel, “Here Comes Robert Kingdom”.
 
“I published my debut, “Boys In The River” in January,” says Peter, “and the reaction was so good that I had to go to a further two reprints of the book. I sold the first five hundred copies to benefit the Crumlin Childrens’ Hospital but after that I started to get a lot of requests for more copies. People started calling up to my front door, I was meeting people at the supermarket, orders came in via my website, I was getting calls from book stores and libraries – it was all a bit surreal. ”

Spurred on by the interest in the book and the positive feedback from readers Pete has now completed his second novel, “Here Comes Robert Kingdom”.
“I had much of the book written in the early part of the year but I had to put the writing on hold when my debut novel started doing so well. A lot of my time was taken up promoting it and dealing with day to day requests.”
Pete finished the new book during the summer in Croatia.
“I was in Dubrovnik on holidays and I brought my laptop with me. I was able to get enough time to myself most days to get the book completed. My daughter, Caroline, proof-read it and did three rounds of editing in the following weeks and I worked on the cover design and layout. By the end of October I was happy with the result.”

The book centres around an unemployed, stay-at-home dad, Robert Kingdom. He’s getting a bit bored and feels he has no direction in life. All that changes, however, once his wife suggests that he should start writing a diary to capture his thoughts.
 
The book is, by turn, humorous, poignant and down-to-earth. While it is firmly rooted in today’s world of credit crunch gymnastics and struggling parents trying to cope with everyday life, it’s very much a light and humorous read. “To be honest,” explains Pete, “I’ve no interest in asking readers to suffer through pages of rain and hardship. There are already enough authors out there depressing us. One thing I can guarantee you with this book is a few laugh-out-loud bits and good weather.”

Over the past number of years Peter has contributed to a variety of local newspapers and magazines and even was a part time freelance photographer for the NME in Britain.
“I’ve written everything from music publishing articles for Hotpress, sports reports for the Liffey Champion, local pieces for In Dublin and even a music column for the Leinster Leader. I always wanted to write a novel and as soon as I finished my debut, I knew I wanted to start a second book straight away.”

Peter has signed advance copies of the book for sale at €10 each with all proceeds going to Crumlin Children’s Hospital. If anyone would like to buy a signed copy for charity then please go to the order page here>>>

 

“Humour, pathos and a voyage of discovery.”

A lightning strike leaves businessman Paul Rickman
semi-comatose.
The entire future of his business and his family
rests on the successful launch of the company’s
new financial software package.
But there’s a problem.
Paul is Rickman Software and - apart from the
coma episodes - he has lost his memory.

His company, his family and, ultimately, his life are
in the balance...

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Peter McCluskey has produced his third novel in as many years and it looks set to be his biggest success to date.

"My Little Lighthouse" is a humorous yet poignant read about a business man whose life and that of his family is turned upside down when he is struck by lightning. He lapses in and out of coma and his memory is blank. He is a one man show when it comes to his company but his pride and joy could go bust if it is not taken in charge. The problem is - no one else in the family knows anything about business.

Peter was once again spurred on to completing the novel by the solid fan base of readers who have travelled with him through his previous two books.

"I was more than surprised by the number of times I've been asked about the launch date of this book. Many of my followers on Facebook and Twitter have read my first two novels and they have been keen to know the progress of this new one."

The book has already garnered good reviews before the official launch with Eamonn Carr from The Herald quoting that "McCluskey is adept at creating engaging mosaics" while Hotpress supremo, Jackie Hayden, has said that the book "superbly captures the quirks, contradictions and
uncertainties of the world we live in.”

Peter is delighted with the comments. "I've worked hard to produce a book that I hope people will enjoy reading. I know musicians talk about their difficult second album. Well, I think this is my difficult third book. It certainly was a more strenuous process this time around but I'm more than pleased with the result."

Peter, as is now the usual case, has signed advance copies of the book for sale at €10 each with all proceeds going to Crumlin Children’s Hospital. If anyone would like to buy a signed copy for charity then please go to the order page here>>>