No man is an island…. but in Dublin an inner-city lane can be just that.
Welcome to Clementine Lane, where everyone knows everyone’s business and respectfully keeps it to themselves and everyone else.
A drugs rehabilitation centre is set for development on the lane, prompting the locals and their snobbish neighbours from the next road over, to unite in protest. This fragile alliance is forced to take on the combined weight of the Political and Media realms, when an addict dies in suspicious circumstances.
Elsewhere, a dark past that has haunted the lane for a century intertwines the fates of a teenager and a homeless alcoholic. Is it supernatural? Or is reality that bit more frightening?
Finally, a man from a well-heeled part of the city blows into the lane, full of confidence and short on affection for his neighbours. When confronted with an impending loss, his friends fade into the digital world, leaving him to face this problem alone; but then, no man is an island….
Clementine Lane is a humorous and poignant panorama of contemporary Dublin.
A Riveting Read!
If you’re looking for something very different, then look no further!
Clementine Lane in Dublin is the site designated for a drug rehabilitation centre and the local people have had enough. A tight community, where everyone knows everything that’s going on there are no secrets here. Those in the ‘posh’ flats are no more enamoured with the council’s latest plan than their own tenants; with a pub, a church and their own parish priest this wee community has everything it needs and they are certain that they don’t need this latest idea. Some who get involved have their own agenda though and there is also the legend of a local spectre to sort out.
I rather enjoyed this one! This author certainly knows how to deliver a compelling novel which is full of interesting details including – to a lesser degree – politics and a good sprinkling of humour although, for the most part, the politics were new to me (being from the West of Scotland). I loved the characterisation; a fine cast of realistic folk each with their own issues to deal with. A riveting read from an author who knows and understands his craft and throws in a bit of humour every now and then just to keep the reader on their toes. I’m not sure I’ll ever get over Sienna’s school essay; my daughter teaches English and I was totally creased reading the teacher’s comments! On a serious level, though, there is some excellent social commentary covering a lot of bases and it kept me hooked from beginning to end. And author to follow and a novel I’m happy to recommend and give 4.5*.
My thanks to the author for bringing his novel to my attention; I downloaded my copy via Kindle Unlimited. This is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: urban fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 310 pages
- Publication Date: 04 April 2021
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Dublin native Eoghan Brunkard has worked on various inner city community development projects for the past 11 years. Qualified in social policy and research, Eoghan started his career providing enterprise and training advice to people in long term unemployment. From there he has supervised a labour activation scheme and several community led youth services. As a qualified social researcher, he has also worked on several policy papers and research projects for civil right advocacy bodies.
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