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The Year of No Regrets — Ten lessons I’ve learned

By Bernard O'Keeffe

As 2013 draws to a close and we are treated to many a best-of-year list, it’s time to reflect on some of the lessons the year has taught me about publishing a novel. 1.There’s nothing like holding your book for the first time. As I said at the launch, it’s like holding a new-born. I … Read moreThe Year of No Regrets — Ten lessons I’ve learned

Boomerang Dad

By Bernard O'Keeffe

We know all about Boomerang Kids, that growing section of the population who, having ‘left home’ (which often amounts to no more than having gone to University to get an expensive degree which carries no guarantee of employment) come back to live with their parents. This has many advantages:  it’s cheaper than paying rent, it’s … Read moreBoomerang Dad

Turn over your papers and begin…

By Bernard O'Keeffe

It’s exam season again, so let’s spare a thought for all those going through what we all can still remember. No matter how long ago it was that we sat in those halls scribbling on sheets of paper to determine our futures and enhance our life/job/happiness prospects (or so we were told), we can bring … Read moreTurn over your papers and begin…

Truth — stranger than fiction?

By Bernard O'Keeffe

One of the questions I’m most frequently asked about ‘No Regrets’ is to do with how much the novel is based on real events. I can usually answer this quite confidently. I have never undertaken a bet to accept every invitation I receive for a year, I have never joined a running club, all my … Read moreTruth — stranger than fiction?

Not going out

By Bernard O'Keeffe

Someone very wise –it may even have been Homer Simpson – once said; ‘why bother going out? you’re going to end up back here anyway’. Some might still be living the kind of exciting life where this is not always necessarily the case, but for the majority, and certainly for me, those words are wise … Read moreNot going out

It’s a book!

By Bernard O'Keeffe

For all those who couldn’t make the launch last night in Barnes Bookshop here’s what I said in my speech — with all hesitation, deviation, repetition and audience participation removed. ‘It seems entirely appropriate that my novel should be launched the day before my birthday because many people think that producing a book is just … Read moreIt’s a book!