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Saturday 17 November 2018

Author Eanna treats fans to new thriller Dark Pupils

Mary FOGARTY

'HE DRANK the money that he'd saved through the years. He drank his family into a smaller house. He drank them into a Ford Fiesta. He even drank the mouthwash below the bathroom sink. But it wasn't enough for him. And, eventually, Walter Thisgo drank his son home from university too.'

This is a sample of the work of Greystones native and wordsmith Eanna Cullen, who now lives in London penning novels. Dark Pupils is a thriller, set in Dublin and about the assassination of a politician.

A former pupil of St. Brendan's in Bray, as well as St. Laurence's and St. Kevin's in Greystones, Eanna also went to the College of Commerce in Rathmines.

He was just 17 when his first play, A Sense of Loss, was performed in the Harold's Cross Theatre, but that work was to be his last for 11 years until the publication of his debut novel Misbeliever in 2005.

The 32-year-old was always an avid footballer and hurler with Greystones and Kilcoole clubs and still plays hurling with Robert Emmets in London, where he now lives and works.

After Misbeliever made a splash, the Greystones man moved to London in 2006 and began working on his second book – Dark Pupils – which was published last year by Baxter Hunt, and was one of only two books released last year by the UK company.

He received plaudits from all quarters for his quirky and imaginative writing style, but had a long spell out in the cold before Dark Pupils was launched at Halloween 2008 in the Big Green Bookshop in north London.

On his return home to Ireland at Christmas, however, Eanna was disappointed to learn that Eason and Sons had declined to carry his book for distribution to outlets in Ireland.

Dark Pupils is currently available on Amazon, on his own website www.darkpupils.com as well as in the Powerscourt book shop in Enniskerry, which has agreed to support the local young author.

'I hope a wholesaler will soon buy Dark Pupils for general distribution throughout Ireland,' said the writer.

'I am pleased though that it is available in most high street book shops in the UK. I am so grateful to everyone who has supported and helped me in writing this book.'

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