Fiction & Non-Fiction

Patricia O’Reilly’s Fiction

In the process of researching and putting together my first novel, Once Upon a Summer’ I learned how not to write a novel and, finally, after countless re-writes and tearing apart, I discovered how to. Since then I’ve written another seven novels, been translated and listed for Historical Novel Society International Award. My recent novels are in the genre of biographical historical fiction. My most recent is Orpen at War, the story of Irish artist William Orpen (1878-1931) at the Somme. Others are: Irish architect and designer, Eileen Gray (1878-1976) – Time & Destiny and The Interview; A Type of Beauty, the story of Kathleen Newton (1854-1882) James Tissot’s muse and mistress; The First Rose of Tralee’ Mary O’Connor (182?-1845) , the inspiration for the annual festival.

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Patricia O’Reilly’s Non-Fiction

Writing is full of surprises. Like short stories and pieces being included in various anthologies, one of the nicest was having Swimming with a Dolphin included in the Junior Certificate Take the Plunge anthology of English.

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