About the author:
Tom Phelan is the author of the acclaimed novels Nailer, The Canal Bridge, In the Season of the Daisies, Iscariot, Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told, and Derrycloney.
He has also written for Newsday, the Irish Echo, Independent.ie, Connect magazine, and the Recorder, the journal of the American Irish Historical Society.
Phelan's first novel, In the Season of the Daisies, was selected by Barnes and Noble for its Discover Great New Writers series and was a finalist for the Discover award.
Born and raised on a farm in Strahard, Mountmellick, County Laois, in the Irish midlands, Phelan now makes his home in New York.
The Canal Bridge, Phelan’s powerful novel of Ireland in the First World War, tells the story of two Irish soldiers (and the women and families they leave behind) as they struggle to survive the slaughterhouse that was Europe. A quarter of a million Irish men joined the British army and fought in the trenches in the First World War, and nearly fifty thousand died.
In the Season of the Daisies, tells of the 1921 IRA murder of a young boy and the effects on his surviving twin and on the men who witnessed the killing.
Phelan's widely praised novel Iscariot is the story of an expatriate ex-priest who returns to Ireland to face the past and stumbles across the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a young woman.
In the humorous novel Derrycloney, Phelan presents a tale of life in the Irish countryside in the 1940s. Phelan calls it his "fanfare for the common man and woman" of his childhood.
In Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told, an Irish journalist living in the UK returns to Ireland to investigate two deaths that occurred when he was a boy, deaths that he knows were murders.