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Robert Burke

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Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
On Writing by Stephen King
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The Blooming of John Musgrave

Robert Burke

Neurotic author meets beguiling temptress. Chaos follows.


John Musgrave is content with his life - or so he thinks. A successful author of crime fiction, he lives a solitary life in the Dublin suburbs, churning out blockbusters and tending to his beloved garden. However, frustrated by the lack of critical acclaim for his work, he embarks on a project to produce a more literary tome.

An encounter at his latest book launch with the intriguing Anna Stilerova - a writer of racy erotica - stirs suppressed passions and throws his life into turmoil. And when his childhood friend Josephine begins a relationship with arch-critic David Lenihan, their friendship is threatened.

As salacious accounts of his newfound celebrity begin to appear in the tabloid press, his uneasy relationship with his curmudgeonly father deteriorates further. And at the promptings of his philandering brother Liam, he begins on his most daunting endeavour yet - the search for love.

As his persistence with his new literary direction leads to conflict with his publisher, and his love life - or lack of it - becomes more frustrating and complicated, where will it lead? All will be revealed as John documents it all in his never-to-be-seen diary...

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I wrote 1461 days ago

I like these tales of religious intrigue. This is well written, and reminds me of Umberto Eco. Backed. view book

I wrote 1466 days ago

A vivid, riveting, compulsive read. A story that needs to be told. Backed. view book

I wrote 1483 days ago

The way that information is conveyed jars quite a bit and could do with work IMO. But other than that this is a fast-paced thriller and reminds me of how I felt the day Lehmans Brothers collapsed. Backed. view book

I wrote 1535 days ago

I skipped over the fashion show stuff – not interesting to me, or I doubt to many male readers. There’s a lot of 'telling' in the narrative, rather than letting facts emerge naturally. Other than that, this is a promising story of interweaving lives set over several decades and the backdrop of the p... view book

I wrote 1544 days ago

Written in a nice straightforward style that would appeal to children. Nicely portrays Mara's world. Backed. view book

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