The Sunday Business Post has described Fergus O’Connell as having ‘more strings to his bow than a Stradivarius’.
His 2002 novel, Call The Swallow, was described by The Irish Times as ‘better than Schindler’s Ark (itself a Booker Prize winner). Call The Swallow was short listed for the 2002 Kerry Ingredients Irish Fiction Prize and nominated for the Hughes & Hughes / Sunday Independent Novel of the Year. A movie of Fergus’ second novel, Starlight, is currently in development. Starlight is the first book in a trilogy called The Three Lights. The second novel in the sequence -The Photographs of Gettysburg: Sunlight - has just been published.
Fergus is the author of twelve business books. The first of these, How to Run Successful Projects – the Silver Bullet, has become both a bestseller and a classic and has been constantly in print for over twenty years. His book on common sense entitled Simply Brilliant – also a bestseller and now in its fourth edition – was runner-up in the W H Smith Book Awards 2002. His books have been translated into twenty languages.
Fergus has also written a book on project management for children. Entitled, How To Put A Man On The Moon If You’re A Kid, the book is one of a pair of books to teach the essential skills of project management and time management to schoolchildren. (The other -How To Build Rome In A Day If You’re A Kid - will be published in 2013.)
He has two children and now lives in Ireland.
“I guess grief is the price we pay for love, Mister Owens.”
July 1863 and Gilbert Owens is a photographer lost in a world of guilt and whisky following the death of Sarah, the love of his life. But then he learns that a great battle between the Union and the Confederacy has begun at Gettysburg. If a photographer can get pictures of the dead on the battlefield and bring them back to exhibit them in Washington, he will make a small fortune, just as Mathew Brady did after the Battle of Antietam.
Now Gilbert Owens has a chance to put his life back together. But there are other photographers who would beat him to scoop the pictures. And what is he to do when he encounters slave catchers kidnapping free blacks and returning them as slaves to the South? And how can a man bring himself to do any of this when he has lost everything he loved?
'The Photographs of Gettysburg' is part anti-war novel, part road movie, part love story. By turns funny and heartbreaking it is about rebuilding when you have lost everything and about how chance brings love into our lives.
Fergus O’Connell’s first novel, 'Call The Swallow', was short listed for the 2002 Kerry Ingredients Irish Fiction Prize and nominated for the Hughes & Hughes / Sunday Independent Novel of the Year. 'The Photographs of Gettysburg' is the second book in a trilogy of love stories that was begun with 'Starlight'.
Second in the trilogy. Can stand-alone.