More Novel Travel and Inspiration!

It's that time of year when book lovers want to curl under the duvet and make the most of those long nights with a good read! So I've put together five of my favourite books to take you away to far flung places that I love and you can read the entire article on the Irish Independent Travel website here novel ways to travel I've recently returned from Iceland which has to...
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Subscribe to my website at The Novel Traveller and get a free copy of Tales of a Century

I'm enjoying the last few days of autumn at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre where I've hidden away to write a new book. While I've been here I had an idea to give readers a chance to read my book of short stories Tales of a Century 1916-2016. So if you'd like a copy just click here and subscribe to http://www.thenoveltraveller.com then send me a message and I'll email you a copy of t...
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Shortlisted Finalist at the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards

Hooray!! I've had the good news that my blog has been shortlisted for an award at this years Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards. This is the first time that I've entered into the Books and Literature category and it's very exciting. I've been doing so much travel recently I've been neglecting my book writing so I've started a novel and it may have a different tone to my usual book...
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Dylan Thomas and life after the Leaving Cert

The words, ‘Do not go gentle into that good night,’ used to send shivers down my spine and throw me right back to that nightmare – the leaving certificate. But I’ll never forget that it was Dylan Thomas who wrote the poem or that it was about the death of his father. As 58,000 Irish students received their leaving cert results today I think it's worth noting that exams are not ...
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Finding Narnia in Belfast

Every city has its literary giants and Belfast is no exception. Authentic Ulster promotes a tailormade CS Lewis tour which takes a fascinating three hours.  While my 11 year old daughter, her friend and I enjoy the wisdom of our entertaining guide Sandy Smith, we discover that the mountains at Cavehill provided the inspiration for one of the most famous giants in literature. ...
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Novel reading to take you to Barcelona, Rome and New York

There's nothing like a good book to take you away somewhere and holidays are often the only time many people get to read these days. With so many books to chose from often many good reads join the long list of 'to be read' while we are distracted to read the newest books on the shelves. That's why I've picked three books that have been around for a while. They have been made in...
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Finding my Epic in Wales and some summer reading!

Summer is here, and as The Novel Traveller I decided to put together six summer reads in last Saturday's Irish Mail You magazine. Here is the list which includes some of Ireland's loveliest authors and their books, Kate McCabe The Love of her Life, Sam Blake Little Bones, Niamh Greene A Message to Your Heart, Maria Duffy A Love Like This, Hazel Gaynor The girl from the Savo...
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Travels with Charley and the Travel Media Awards in Dublin!

I was rooting through some books that I haven't finished because of my travels and I came across the very wonderful Travels with Charley by none other than the brilliant John Steinbeck. I bought my copy while I was at the authors family home, pictured above, in the town of Salinas, California. My children posed patiently while I ranted and and raved my way around the house wh...
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The Novel Traveller News

I've just turned the final pages of the book I've been reading for the last few weeks. 'Us' by David Nicholls called out to me from the shelves of the Hotel Paradise's library on the beautiful island of koh Yao nao in Thailand. As I was a big fan of his book 'One Day' I was really looking forward to reading 'US'. I had every intention of putting it back before leaving, but ...
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The Novel Traveller has been short-listed for an award

  I've had the lovely news that my Travel Blog The Novel Traveller has been short-listed for a Travel Media award in the category best New Irish Travel Blog. It's very exciting news and comes on the same day that my first fashion feature has been published in the Irish Daily Mail YOU magazine about the beautiful Jennifer Rothwell dress that I wore to the Texas Emera...
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