About the Book
Ted Treston lives, as a barely-tolerated relative, in a caravan on the edge of his brother’s garden. Ted – who at the age of thirteen caused the accidental death of his mother in a fire – has paid frequent visits to the world of the mental asylum. He is given to bouts of rage and extreme sadness, but also has visits of comfort and admonition from his mother. In the woods, at night, he sometimes likes to wander with his two friends, Stan and Alfie.
He appears to be getting better. Then, a local woman who has befriended him goes missing, and, after some false starts by the police, the evidence seems to point to Ted. But how much of the power of the woods, the visits from the spirit world, and this accumulation towards a climax, are only loonies in his head?
I was born in Ireland, but have been living in The Netherlands since my early thirties. In Ireland I was active in various drama circles around Cork, and also made a very modest living as a teacher of the subject in a secondary school. In The Netherlands, I’ve worked in an international school, with students from over forty countries, with history as my main subject. My experiences in teaching and theatre have been of great help to me in the way of dialogue and character depiction. My favorite writers are Kurt Vonnegut, Claire Keegan, Jennifer Johnston, Sebastian Barry and John Boyne. In the natural world, the main triggers for my imagination are woods, trees and inland lakes, remote houses - and mountains. Oh, and one last thing! Just in case you’re wondering why I’m living in Holland, and not in Ireland – my wife is Dutch, and we have two wonderful Irish-Dutch daughters. I have several other novels that I also hope to put on this site.