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When Laura Calane of New York comes to Ireland to further her studies and to live in what her father considers a safer environment after 9/11, she discovers that the land of her ancestors is not the haven she had believed it to be. When she meets social worker Danny Faraday, she is torn between her attraction towards him and the emotional blackmail of her uncle Thady who is domiciled in Ireland and who never lets her forget that he saved her father’s life in a terrorist attack in New York.
The story is about loss, losing someone as Con the firefighter did with his wife in 9/11; it’s also about hope, never giving up  and knowing when to give up and let go, and how the process is in danger of repeating itself in the new generation with Laura his daughter going missing in Ireland, and Danny’s  parents who were also lost at sea. It’s also about coming into maturity as in the case of Danny with the help of Laura suffering the grief, and Laura, her growing out of her family engendered chimeras




‘Possessed of a lively, fleet-footed style that brims with intellect and poeticism, Lawless (an award-winning short story writer and poet) is an author who we should perhaps start taking more seriously.’ Sunday Independent.

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James is the author of the well-received novels Peeling Oranges, For Love of Anna,The Avenue, and Knowing Women. He has also written an acclaimed meditation on modern poetry,Clearing the Tangled Wood – Poetry as a Way of Seeing the World(2009) for which he received an arts bursary award. Clearing The Tangled Wood was released in paperback in 2011 and a debut collection of his poetry Rus in Urbe was published by Doghouse Books in May, 2012. His internationally acclaimed fourth novel, Finding Penelope about a woman’s growth in self-realisation and set amid the expat drug culture on the Spanish Costas, was published by Indigo Dreams in 2012.
His much praised new novel Knowing Women, about a vulnerable man sexually blackmailed, was published in March 2013.
In 2014 he published his first children’s book, a collection of imaginative and magical short stories about an endearing but sometimes mischievous little girl of eight called The Adventures of Jo Jo. . His latest work is a chapbook, (May 2015), consisting of a prose meditation on sound and a long poem, and is entitled Noise & Sound Reflections.

You can contact James via Facebook, < href="http://twitter.com/#%21/vanthool" target="_blank">Twitter, or through the Contact page. You can also find out more about James at Goodreads, on LinkedIn and on his Amazon author page or James | Irish Writers Online and James Lawless at The National Library of Ireland  and James LawlessWikipedia,

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What is noise? What happens when it gets inside your head? In his hilarious story marked with pathos Sound Reflections James Lawless sends up in his typical humorous fashion some of the effects of sounds on contemporary society, and this is followed by his unremittingly dark poem Noise which explores the devastation uncontrolled cacophony can inflict on sensitive individuals.
‘Lawless is a natural philosopher and a writer passionately convinced of the spiritual value of poetry.’ Brendan Kennelly, poet.


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peelingfront (1) A paternal quest set to the backdrop of the Irish and Spanish civil wars.
/> http://www.amazon.com/Peeling-Oranges-James-Lawless/dp/1496007646‘A book to lose oneself in. I highly recommend it.’ Gabriel Byrne

For-The-Love-of-Anna-199x300 A tragic love story caught anarchically in a corrupt and capitalist web http://www.amazon.com/For-Love-Anna-James-Lawless/dp/1849237662 ‘Powerful emotive, work.’ Sunday Business Post.

The av front newA middleaged librarian whose life and marriage are in a rut unravels the secrets of a suburban avenue >bhttp://www.amazon.com/Avenue-James-Lawless/dp/190701702X/ref=la_B001JOXD96_1_2_title_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417364819&sr=1-2
‘A work of passion and truth.’ Declan Kiberd

penelope_front Romance novelist Penelope Eames moves to Spain from Ireland to try to avoid an oppressive father and drug-addicted brother. http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Penelope-James-Lawless/dp/1907401784
‘A novel that will give deep literary pleasure.’ Carlo Gebler

knowing_women_kindle (1) A vulnerable bachelor is blackmailed sexually http://www.amazon.com/Knowing-Women-James-Lawless/dp/1481979388/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1417365447&sr=1-7
‘Lawless’ ability to treat the ultra-ordinary with a surgeon’s forceps is quite impressive.’ Sunday Independent

Clearing the Tangled Wood An acclaimed global study and meditation on poetry and creativity http://www.amazon.com/Clearing-Tangled-Wood-Poetry-Seeing/dp/1936320088/ref=la_B001JOXD96_1_5_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417366051&sr=1-5
‘A linguistic ballet, learned and lively, on behalf of poetry.’ John Montague

rus cover (1)Award-winning contemporary poems of rural and urban life http://www.amazon.com/Rus-Urbe-James-Lawless/dp/1500770272
‘Lawless has a lyric gift.’ The Australian Journal of Irish Studies.

adventures_front (2) The adventures of an endearing but sometimes mischievous little girl of eight years who loves the woods and her own imagination. ‘James Lawless has a mighty thoughtful and penetrating capacity to make you gasp and rage and then burst out laughing.’ Jennifer Johnston

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You can contact James via Facebook, Twitter, or through the Contact page. You can also find out more about James at Goodreads, on LinkedIn and on his Amazon author page or James | Irish Writers Online and James Lawless at The National Library of Ireland  and James LawlessWikipedia,


CLICK ON MY BLOG TO READ THE new preface on the provenance of a novel Peeling Oranges in a new edition with new cover peelingfront (1)and updated questionnaire for bookclubs.


Finding Penelope also for sale in Hodges Figgis, Books Upstairs, The Winding Stair, Bookworms, Barker and Jones, Maynooth, Bantry and Kenny bookshops as well as on Amazon and on Kindle.


Click on my Blog to read about my critically acclaimed latest novel, Knowing Women, about a vulnerable bachelor wrongly tainted sexually. Pb on Amazon and special reduced price on Kindle.


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