Sunday 18 February 2018

Teacher Jean's 'Tour' de force already a bestseller

Macroom teacher and author Jean Grainger
Macroom teacher and author Jean Grainger


A MACROOM teacher is hitting international bestseller charts with her first, self-published novel.

Jean Grainger, English teacher at De La Salle College Macroom is making waves both here and overseas with her debut novel "The Tour," which she says draws on her past experience as a tour guide.

"It is a fictitious account, set on a bus and focuses on an Irish tour guide who shows Americans around Ireland, and various things happen to them," Jean told The Corkman last week.

"It has been selling well on Amazon, both Kindle and hard copy. I'm delighted, it has not dropped out of the top 20 books about Ireland chart since it came out and was at number four at one point," she said.

"It's amazing to wake up in the morning and have the site tell you were sold, it is very exciting to think of copies of it selling around the world overnight. There is a great market for it abroad and there has been interest here too," Jean revealed.

"The Tour" will officially launch on Friday, April 12 at an event at the Blarney Woollen Mills, and is already on sale in book shops in Macroom and Clonakilty.

So without giving too much of the plot away, how much of the book is inspired by Jean's own time as a tour guide?

"One character is based on a lady I met years ago. She was 90 years old and came on the tour on her own. I had dinner with her on the first night and she explained to be that she was born in Ireland and that her mother died in childbirth.

"When she was just 10 days old her father took her to America and couldn't bring himself to tell her of her past, so she knew nothing of Irish history. She had an unusual surname, particular to a specific part of the country, and by the end of the trip he sat on the bed she was born on. I have brought elements of her story to the book," she said.

To read this tale, and many others, check out "The Tour"on or in selected local bookstores.


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