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Ann O’Loughlin

Ann O'Loughlin

A leading journalist in Ireland for nearly thirty years, Ann O’Loughlin has covered all the major news events of the last three decades. She spent much of her career with independent newspapers, as a Security Correspondent at the height of the troubles and a senior journalist at both the Irish Independent and the Evening Herald. Ann is currently a senior journalist with the Irish Examiner, primarily covering legal issues. Originally from the west of Ireland, Ann now lives in Co. Wicklow with her husband and two children.

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Books by Ann

The Judge’s Wife
Black & White, July 2016

Ann O'Loughlin - The Judge's Wife

When Emma returns to Dublin to put her estranged father’s affairs in order, she begins to piece together the story of his life and that of Grace, the mother she never knew. She knows her father as the judge – as stern and distant at home as he was in the courtroom. But as she goes through his personal effects, Emma begins to find clues about her mother that shock her profoundly.

A tale of enduring love and scandal that begins in 1950s Dublin and unravels across decades and continents, digging up long-buried family secrets along the way, The Judge’s Wife asks whether love really can last forever.

Praise for The Judge’s Wife

Ridiculously pleasurable to read
Sunday Times

A love story hovering between the Philomena territory of Ireland in the 1950s and […] 80s is told with skilful ease by Ann O’Loughlin
Irish Examiner

A stunning book that broke my heart, on more than one occasion. It was devastating, it was perfect and it was beautiful. I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters and their lives long after I’d read the last page.   A magnificent read!
Kim The Bookworm


The Ballroom Café
Black & White, May 2015

North America: Skyhorse Publishing
Germany: Goldmann Verlag

Ann O'Loughlin - The Ballroom Cafe

Sisters Ella and Roberta O’Callaghan live in separate wings of their crumbling Irish mansion. They haven’t spoken for decades, torn apart by a dark family secret from their past, and only communicate through the terse and bitter notes they leave for each other in the hallway.

Debbie, an American woman, is searching for her birth mother. She has little time left but as she sets out to discover who she really is and what happened to her mother, she is met by silence and lies at the local convent.

With the bank threatening, Ella tries to save the family home by opening a café in the ballroom much to Roberta’s disgust. And when Debbie offers to help out in the café, the war between the sisters intensifies. But as Debbie finally begins to unravel the truth, she uncovers an adoption scandal that will rock both the community and the warring sisters.

Powerful and poignant, The Ballroom Café is a moving story of love lost and found.

Praise for The Ballroom Café

Secrets emerge, there’s a whopper of a twist and this unabashed tear-jerker ends with a well-earthed, well-calculated emotional finale
The Irish Times

A moving tale of loss, love and redemption
Bella Magazine

Deftly written, moving and courageous
The Sunday Times

Slow-marching, romantic prose draws us into an old world that is rustic, genteel, quaint…[but] scandals lie in wait
Irish Independent

Highly engaging debut you will want to dive into
Sunday Independent, Ireland

Graeme Obree

Graeme Obree
Graeme Obree is a Scottish cycling legend. He twice broke the hour record (in 1993 and 1994), and was the individual pursuit world champion in 1993 and 1995. He was known for his unusual riding positions and for the bicycle he built which he named Old Faithful and included parts from a washing machine. Later, he joined Le Groupement professional team in France but was fired before his first race for refusing to dope. His life and achievements were dramatised in the film The Flying Scotsman, starring Johnny Lee Miller, and in 2010 he was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.

He is now focusing his attentions on breaking the human-powered land speed record on his self-built bike the Beastie, and writing. His autobiography will be updated and re-issued by Birlinn later this year, while Bloomsbury will re-vamp and re-publish Graeme’s training manual The Obree Way. He continues to work as a motivational speaker and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio programmes.

Graeme is represented by Kevin

Dennis O’Donnell

Dennis O’Donnell

Dennis O’Donnell was born in Bathgate, West Lothian in 1951. He still lives in the West Lothian hinterland. He is very married – in fact, since 1972.  He has been a teacher, a joiner’s labourer and, in his youth, a chicken catcher. Nowadays he’s too old to catch chickens and too wise to be a teacher. He has also been a columnist for The Scotsman. He is currently in psychiatry – on the nursing side.  He has had two collections of poetry published by Curly Snake Press – Two Clocks Ticking (Winner of the Saltire First Book Award 1997) and Smoke & Mirrors (2003).


The Locked Ward: The Memoir of a Psychiatric Orderly

The Locked Ward is an extraordinary memoir that sets out to reveal the true story of life in a psychiatric ward – the fear, the violence and despair, and also the care and the compassion. Recounting the stories of the patients he worked with, and those of the friends he made on the ward, O’Donnell provides a detailed account of day-to-day life behind the doors of the most feared and stigmatised environment in healthcare. In doing so, he examines the major mental disorders, their symptoms and manifestations, and how certain triggers such as religion, sex, wealth, health and drugs bear influence; the methods of treatment, by medication, therapy and conversation; the love and support of patients’ friends and family members; success stories and failures, and attitudes to psychiatric illness, both by the authorities, by those around him – and his own.

Over seven years O’Donnell witnessed the day-to-day lives of people suffering from the most hair-raising illnesses. What emerges is a document of humanity and humour, a remarkable memoir that sheds light on a world that still remains largely unknown.

World Rights: Jonathan Cape

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