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Adrian Doyle

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Adrian Doyle is a writer, smallholder and author of Moss Piglet, the first in the supernatural thriller series featuring reluctant therapist, Brendan Murphy.

An experienced therapist, Adrian has, in his work, drawn on real life experience giving the characters palpable spark and depth. His latest novel, Hen Bane, is due out in late 2022 and will be the second in the Brendan Murphy series.

As well as diplomas in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Spirit Release, Adrian is a Reiki Master and holds certificates in a wide range of complementary therapies. He also has a BSc, MBA and a Diploma in Music enabling him to combine science with therapeutic, musical and supernatural themes into his writing.

Adrian lives with his wife, dogs, sheep and hens in the hi
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Adrian Doyle The title is modelled on an approach used by the likes of Iain Banks and Robert Galbraith. It's a metaphor for a key character/object in the story. Fo…moreThe title is modelled on an approach used by the likes of Iain Banks and Robert Galbraith. It's a metaphor for a key character/object in the story. For example, Iain Bank's book, Surface Detail, referes indirectly to a character born covered in tattoos. Galbraith's book, Lethal White, refers to a horse born with an untreatable congenital condition from which it will die, In the book it refers to a painting.
Moss Piglet is the name given to a small animal from the tardigrades family. They are virtually indestructible (moreso even than cockroaches). They are the closest thing we have to an immortal animal insofar as they can live in statis for years in extreme conditions. As such, Moss Piglet is a metaphor for Margar whose spirit has remained in stasis for centuries.
Some authors use more literal titles (Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Peter May, Irvine Welsh, Stephen Leather, Le Carre and so on). However, such titles are already in multiple use (e.g. 'Glue'). Many authors use a mix (e.g. Iain Banks - Use of Weapons (literal), The Hydrogen Sonata (metaphor) - I could go on all day...)
My goal with titles is to use some obscure name from the natural world which reflects a key element of the book. I like the indirect metaphor and also the fact that my titles should be relatively unique in the literary world.(less)
Adrian Doyle Currently reading the Rebus books in order, Steig Larsson trilogy next followed by the sequels by David Lagercranz. Might fit in Harlan Coben's "Tell …moreCurrently reading the Rebus books in order, Steig Larsson trilogy next followed by the sequels by David Lagercranz. Might fit in Harlan Coben's "Tell No One" at some point too.(less)
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Hen Bane First Draft Complete

Hen Bane - Brendan Murphy #2I am delighted to say I have completed the first draft of the second in the Brendan Murphy series, Hen Bane. While it’s a great milestone, there is much work to be done. First, I need to read it and check the story and plot are what I intended. Because I am so close to it, I shall have to set it aside for a couple of weeks before reading it. That done, I need the first edit during which I will hav

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One of the better Rebus stories. Rebus is his usual taciturn, hard drinking and indifferent self, much as you come to expect. The only real changes are the villains and the crimes. This one brings in the tricky subject of immigration and asylum seeke ...more
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A true action adventure thriller, the action starts on page one and never lets up. The delivery is staccato, simple prose made up of easy to read short sentences. The story is well crafted and, while I am not in a position to judge, the background (C ...more
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While a great fan of the works of Iain Banks and the Culture series, I never really got on with this book. It was hard to put my finger on why, it's a pretty good plot including subterfuge, plans for sabotage and mass murder, all revolving around one ...more
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