FROM a Provo turned captive at the hands of former comrades to a young man struggling with the intense pressures of the Leaving Cert, Listowel native Neil Brosnan has delivered a fantastic serving of stories in his second published collection.
'Neap Tide and Other Stories' is to be launched in John B Keane's bar on Friday, November 29, next at 9pm, in an event that will also mark the author's 60th birthday.
Exciting subject matter and a vivid style make for compulsive reading of these tales of infidelity, corruption, depression and loss.
Writer Billy Keane's introduction is unequivocal: "Neil Brosnan has mastered his craft. His stories are timeless. His stories are universal. Many are set in small places, but like Seamus Heaney, there is a sense of the communal and eclectic. Neap Tide is a book that will travel far beyond Brosnan's beloved Listowel."
"I'm delighted with how the whole thing has turned out," Neil said.
"To sum Neap Tide up, it's a collection of stories that tries to show, I suppose, that there's a bit of bad in the best of us and a bit of good in the worst of us; about extraordinary events in the lives of ordinary people."
Some have even been informed by real-life stories Neil picked up on his travels, not least 'Playing Away'. "It's based on a real story I was told about a man who travelled to the other side of the country with a fancy lady for an entertaining weekend only to be met by his daughter on the other side of the breakfast buffet!"