Welcome to my website James Lawless: The Truth in Fiction. I am an award-winning story writer, novelist, poet, literary critic and book reviewer with a passionate love for good writing and words that go to the heart and truth of things. Feel free to search for books, bargains, ebooks, free stories, poems, samples or reviews. If you would like to keep updated on special offers or my reviews for national newspapers or new publications, just enter your email for the free subscription blog on the right. Also, if you would like to comment on any of my work, or discuss the act of writing or literature or the state of the world (‘Lawless is a natural philosopher,’ Brendan Kennelly), I would be delighted to hear from you through the Contact link above or at jameslawless23@hotmail.com Thank you and happy reading.

Shortlisted for the Willesden Prize, Jolt is a story about perception and ingrained prejudices that we can carry around with us in our everyday lives. Sometimes it can take a journey to a strange place to waken us into a less intransigent way of seeing the world.

Intriguing new story published 23/10/17
After the death of her invalid husband, a widow’s previously suppressed feelings for her late husband’s best friend surface to reveal what was a desperate course of action.

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Peeling Oranges by James Lawless

Peeling Oranges

by James Lawless

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A journalist in Spain, avoiding his unhappy marriage, meets up with a mysterious sex-hungry lady on the run from her eventual nemesis.
‘Desire’ just published as an ebook on a special offer of 99 cents for limited time at

Hennessey Award nominated story of an impressionable young man’s hitchhiking journey through France in 1968 during the time of the Sorbonne riots where he encounters predatory sex and tastes the delights of elusive love.

When 33 year old romance novelist Penelope Eames moves to Spain from Ireland to avoid an oppressive father and drug-addicted brother, she finds love but her past returns to haunt her.
‘A novel that will give deep, literary pleasure.’
Carlo Gébler, author
‘Lawless reinvented the millennia-worn story line to reveal not only a Dublin expat Costa del Sol akin to the RTE Love Hate series but beautiful writing.’
Caitriona Kiernan, Books Ireland
‘Penelope is an authentic voice, full of human contradiction and composed desperation.’ Hilary A White, Sunday Independent.

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. He published a chapbook, (May 2015), consisting of a prose meditation on sound and a long poem, and is entitled Noise & Sound Reflections. His latest novel is American Doll, a sweeping story of how 9/11 opened a Pandora’s box on an Irish-American family

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 


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.
Genre: POETRY / General
‘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 Gébler

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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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.
‘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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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