Wednesday 25 April 2018

Author Anthony launches book 'Land of the Ever Living Ones'

Anthony Murphy and his new book.
Anthony Murphy and his new book.

JUST IN time for Christmas, Drogheda author Anthony Murphy will launch his first work of fiction 'Land of the Ever Living Ones' this Friday in the Barbican.

People out and about for the switching on of the Christmas lights are welcome to pop into the William Street centre for 7.30pm, and pick up a copy of this delightful book for just €7.95.

'I think people will find this to be a very special, uplifting and magical book,' says Anthony, a journalist and father of five.

'It's a very short book, but a great little read, and I hope when the reader picks it up, they won't be able to put it down.'

As in his previous books, the magic and mystery which surrounds Newgrange and the Boyne Valley is central to the book, but is told from the point of view of an old man telling a story to a young boy.

'It is set during a fireside chat between them which is quite lovely, and the boy is full of enthusiasm and wonder, eager to listen to the old man's wisdom,' he says.

'The boy is brought on a magical journey, taking in Tir na Mbeo, or the Land of the Ever Living Ones, and in a gentle way, our spiritual existence is examined and questioned.'

The book is already available for download on Kindle Fire for €2.20, and can be bought, and maybe even signed by the author, on Friday.

'We are all a little down in the dumps in the country at the moment, so I have kept this simple, stripped it back, and just written a book with a message of hope which people should enjoy,' says Anthony, who has also written 'Island of the Setting Sun' and 'Newgrange – Monument to Immortality'.

'It took me a while to get this book finished, but now I can see there might be another one or two more fireside chats to follow!'

Drogheda Independent