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Brian Keaney

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Brian writes novels for adults, young adults and children. HIs latest novel for adults is The Alphabet of Heart's Desire (Holland House Books), based on an incident in the life of the nineteenth century writer and opium addict, Thomas De Quincey



Have Yous All Gone Mad?

I spent the weekend after the British EU referendum at our house in Ireland, on the southern side of the border. I'd hoped to avoid discussing the vote entirely but it was all anyone wanted to talk about. Here's a snapshot of some of those conversations. You may notice a common theme emerging.

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The Hollow People (The Prom...

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Jacob's Ladder

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“It was all very well to pretend you were not afraid of death, Bea thought, but people only said that because they had not looked death in the eye. They had not understood that it meant everything you have always taken for granted and loved without even knowing it-the world around you, the memories you carry with you, your hopes for the future- all of this being extinguished like a candle flame that is blown out. And afterwards, there would be nothing. Not even emptiness. Not even loneliness. Not even pain.”
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“The worst part was that, as the years passed, these memories became, in the way you kept them in a secret box in your head, taking them out every so often to turn them over and over, something like dear possessions. They were the key to your unhappiness. They were the evidence that life wasn’t fair. If you weren’t a lucky child, you didn’t know you weren’t lucky until you got older. And then it was all you ever thought about.”
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“To understand the world at all, sometimes you could only focus on a tiny bit of it, look very hard at what was close to hand and make it stand in for the whole;”
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“It was queer the way things crept: the night, and these feelings. One was brought up to scorn the tendency to despair. But it seemed that the darkness knew this, and found a way to reach one nevertheless. It was patient and subtle, gauging the heart’s output of light. Her confusion grew, the heart lucent and the mind lucifugous”
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“The heart was a bicameral thing, both stoical and skittish. Who was to say that it mightn’t endure the years of separation and the abrupt reversals of fate, only to be repulsed by a misaligned vase, by a lipsticked tooth, by a hundredth of an ounce of ash?”
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Brian Journey wrote: "Hey I just wanted to say that I loved The Promises of Dr. Sigmundus books! The storyline was so fascinating! I do have some questions though about the ending of the last book: Did any of the things..."

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Journey Oh I see! Now that makes a lot more sense...thank you for answering my questions and now I'll have to go back and give "The Resurrection Fields" a 5 out of 5 stars since I understand it now! I am going to have to read some more of your books, for sure:)

Thanks again for helping me out with my questions! And sorry it took me so long to reply hahaha:)


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Brian Hi Journey. Thanks for your email. I'm really glad you enjoyed The Promises trilogy. I enjoyed writing it, too. As to your questions, well when Bea rings the bell the world in which the story has taken place is dissolved and a new world takes its place, one in which Bea and Dante still exist but have different life histories. In this new world there is no asylum, just an old hospital that had been closed for years, Doctor Sigmundus is just a character in a book and Bea and Dante may or may not become friends, depending on how things work out


Journey Hey I just wanted to say that I loved The Promises of Dr. Sigmundus books! The storyline was so fascinating! I do have some questions though about the ending of the last book: Did any of the things in the book actually happen to Bea or was she just reading it the whole time? And was Dante still a kitchen boy at the asylum on Tarnager or was that just in the book that Bea was reading? Or was it all just a dream...? I'd love to get some answers when you have the time, but I understand that time is a hard thing to come by these days. Anyway, I really enjoyed reading those books though, I really did:) Thank you for writing them!


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Brian Jeannie wrote: "Hi Brian and thanks so much for adding me as a friend! I have several YA authors as friends and love their work. I'll have to check out yours.
Blessings,
Jeannie"


Thanks a lot Jeannie. Great to hear from you!
Best wishes
Brian



Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Brian and thanks so much for adding me as a friend! I have several YA authors as friends and love their work. I'll have to check out yours.
Blessings,
Jeannie


message 2: by Maddie (last edited Jun 30, 2008 03:01AM)

Maddie Coulson Hello Im Maddy And I Read Jaocbs Ladder A Few Weeks Ago. I Thought The Storyline Was Good And Interesting But Being Me I Got Confused Near The Middle Of The Book. There Were So Many Questions That I Wanted The Answers To Which Made Me Read On.
What Made You Come Up With Such A Fasinating Story Line As It Is?
Thank-You
Maddy =]


Lucieeee Evansss Just like to say, I read your book a few weeks ago and i found it very interesting and i just couldnt put the book down as i just wanted to keep on reading to see what happend. Very well written
From Lucy


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