Tuesday 17 October 2017

Liam Collins

Imaginative: Gordon Thomas wrote more than 50 books — many in collaboration with Max
Morgan-Witts — that were translated into about 30 languages, and some were best-sellers

Life and death of thriller author who tracked down Bishop Casey 

Gordon Thomas was a phenomenon. A prolific author and journalist, he penned or jointly authored more than 50 books ranging from Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad to Voyage of the Damned: A Shocking True Story of Hope, Betrayal, and Nazi Terror which recounted the fate of 937 Jews who left Hamburg on the luxury liner St Louis just before World War II erupted. Even on Amazon there are 36 separate listings of his work, much of it completed during his many happy years living in Co Wicklow and where he will be buried following his death at the age of 84 from pneumonia.

Director Jim Sheridan Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Zozimus: Author Barry does not recognise his book in film version 

Apart from seeing it "under very bad circumstances" in a small screening room, it appears that Sebastian Barry's viewing of Jim Sheridan's film version of his book, The Secret Scripture, was an exceedingly uncomfortable experience. "It is entirely unlike the book, it was an odd experience, it is so unlike it... it is his thing," he told Kay Sheehy on Arena last week, adding: "It was difficult for me to connect with it; it was so unlike the book."