Mark's first novel dividing opinion among literary critics
Published 14/05/2014 | 05:28
A DROGHEDA man will release his first novel 'A Mad and Wonderful Thing' in Ireland and the UK this week, after a very successful advance release in Australia and New Zealand.
Former Rosevale resident Mark Mulholland, who now lives in France, has received diverse reviews, with literary critics strongly divided in their opinions with few in the middle ground.
Set mostly in Co. Louth, 'A Mad and Wonderful Thing' is a story about cause; about why we do the things we do, about motivations and conflicts, about choices and costs.
'It is very early days,' Mark said, 'and although the novel is dividing opinion, the response in Australia and New Zealand has been fantastic with the work being awarded Book of the Month/Book of the Week by many press and book outlets from Australia's biggest bookseller to small coastal bookstore cafés.
'In a way the small shops are more real as I can visualise readers there with my novel, and that is a wonderful thing. Not everyone gets the book, and that's OK. And not everyone wants to get it, and that's OK too. But the critics and press, broadly speaking, have been very generous and commending in their reviews.'
'The book was a long time in the making,' Mark said.
Mark had a career in industry, aerospace and local development, before co-founding the celebrated Spirit Store and Beer Keeper in Dundalk. Mark, his wife Veronica, and their four children now live in France.