Friday 23 February 2018

It's a long way from penny apples: Bill Cullen is writing a 'hard-hitting novel' on assassin

Great news for Jackie Lavin, pictured with Bill Cullen
Great news for Jackie Lavin, pictured with Bill Cullen
Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavin have been together for 35 years

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Jackie Lavin has revealed that her partner of 35 years, Bill Cullen, is excited to be in the process of penning his first fiction novel.

She said that the project is something that Cullen has had in mind for years, and now he finally has the time to dedicate to it.

"Bill has always loved history, he's just enthralled by it.

"He is Mr Positivity, he gets up at 4.30am and is currently holed up in the mountains of Kerry writing his story.

"It's a hard hitting tale about an assassin, based on real historical events at the turn of the century," she told

Lavin said that the plot revolves around the signing of the treaty in 1922, and the activities of a well-placed inside man.

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Cullen previously enjoyed literary success with his autobiography entitled It's a Long Way from Penny Apples in 2002.

The book detailed his life growing up in inner city Dublin and rising to become one or Ireland's most successful business people.

In 2005, Cullen released his second book Golden Apples: Six Simple Steps to Success in which he details principles to achieving business success.

However Lavin said that this book differs from the others due to the copious amounts of research involved.

"The other two books he wrote - all the relevant information was pretty much in his head.

"This is different, its based on history so there's a lot of preparation and reading involved," she said.

It has been a turbulent few years for the couple with the Bill Cullen Renault dealership in Dublin entering receivership, followed by the five-star Muckross Hotel in Killarney.

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However things are looking up as the pair are now the official dealers of the SSangYong franchise in Ireland.

Lavin cited Jack Reacher author Lee Child as someone that Cullen enjoys to read.

"He mainly reads historical books, but there's room for the odd novel," she said.

It is expected that Cullen's debut novel will launch in February 2016, and Lavin for one is looking forward to reading the finished product.

"I've seen a few pages and all I can say is that it's fascinating," she said.

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