Saturday 14 December 2019

Truth stranger than fiction for Dail's man of letters

Alan Shatter. Photo: Collins
Alan Shatter. Photo: Collins
An extract from Alan Shatter’s novel ‘Laura’.

Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor

'LAURA, A Novel You Will Never Forget', was worth every single cent.

When I ordered the steamy novel penned by former Justice Minister Alan Shatter, the juicy tome cost me one US cent – and a fortune in international post and packaging.

Its steamy scenes are not to be sniffed at: 'Laura' sold a decent 20,000 copies during its first print run in 1989.

'Laura' revolves around the troubled private life of an Oireachtas member who is having an affair with his secretary, who subsequently becomes pregnant.

The novel goes on to deal with a couple who contest an adoption with the birth mother. It's not just the sex scene in the Dail that makes you cringe.

"When she loosened her grip and her body relaxed, he knew he was going to erupt," the narrator oozes.

No, it's the fact that one character in the book, the lawyer Paul Galloway, bears a striking resemblance to Mr Shatter himself.

Like the former minister, the gallant Galloway is an expert on family law who grates his fellow legal eagles.

The legal profession may be relieved to see their nemesis leave Government.

But the pen is mightier than the legislative sword and Mr Shatter has plenty of new material if he ever decides to write a sequel.

Irish Independent

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