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Saturday 3 December 2016

Fans wing way to book launch

John Spain

Published 12/09/2010 | 05:00

They're the hottest tickets in town but they're not for Jedward or U2 -- they're tickets for the launch of a new book by 'angel' writer Lorna Byrne.

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Byrne is the woman who sees angels and has been talking to them since she was a child, a gift that means many people here and abroad now regard her as an important spiritual guide.

Her first book, Angels in my Hair, was a phenomenon. It was a number one best-seller in Ireland, shifting over 70,000 copies. Since it was published two years ago it has been translated into 20 languages and has appeared in 47 countries, with sales exceeding half a million copies.

So the interest in her second book is huge. Titled Stairways to Heaven, it is being launched in Ireland on Tuesday), two days before its international launch.

As well as meeting the 300 people who will attend the launch, Byrne will read from her new book and answer questions from the audience. Those who can't get a ticket can see her on the Late Late Show next Friday. She will be doing a signing in Easons in O'Connell Street in Dublin the following day, followed by signings around the country.

Byrne recently returned from a six-week coast-to-coast US tour where she was a big hit. She featured on Fox News, her events were sell-outs everywhere and the US publisher of Angels in my Hair had to rush through a reprint.

Lorna Byrne grew up in the midlands, in a home where money was very scarce. She struggled at school and was a lonely child. She married her first boyfriend, who died in his forties, leaving her to bring up their four children alone. It was a difficult life, but she survived and her children are now grown up.

In her first book Angels in my Hair, Byrne explained that she sees and talks with angels every day of her life and has done so since she was a child.

In Stairways to Heaven she tells how she pulled her life back together after the death of her husband and how, despite having little education, she was able to spread the angels' message.

'Stairways to Heaven' is published as a Coronet paperback at €15.99

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