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Clár Ní Chonghaile
Writers for Readers Yan Martel
Clár Ní Chonghaile is a freelance journalist, she writes for The Guardian as well as The Africa Report and Think Africa Press. Clár, the eldest of seven children, was born in London to Irish parents. When she was three they moved home to County Galway. Aged 19, she left Ireland, to work as a graduate trainee journalist at Reuters in London. Clár has worked as a journalist for over 20 years and has lived in Madrid, Paris, the Ivory Coast, Senegal and Kenya. Whilst in Nairobi, she
freelanced for the Guardian and travelled to Somalia to cover the African Union’s battle against al Shabaab and the plight of thousands of displaced people. Clár returned to London in the summer of 2014, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.
On her heritage: My childhood was ordinary, it seems the stuff of history books now . . . sometimes, I wonder what my girls will say when they are asked, “Where are you from?” They will not say Ireland. They might say, “My mother is Irish”. Sometimes, this makes me sad. But how exciting for them.
With exquisite finesse, the author turns each character from being a stranger to the reader, to being a character with depth, history and complex life circumstances North County Leader
Fractured is bold and intense, as hopeful as it is bleak. Every word from its heart is perfectly attuned to capture the shifting mood throughout, and it doesn’t miss a beat Little Bookness Lane
At the end of 1996, as a hard-up writer with two little-known books to his name, Yann Martel backpacked to the Indian subcontinent and was, he says, “dazzled”. He enjoyed visiting Hindu temples, but found himself absorbed in other religions too. Martel’s upbringing had been non-religious, but in India he realised he was “tired of being reasonable”; it was leading him nowhere. His discovery of faith was bound up with another awakening – the wonder of animals. The High Mountains
Of Portugal is another exploration of grief, faith and the limits of reason, and it features – even more obviously than Life Of Pi – an animal symbolising the divine.
On his views of religion: If there's only one nation in the sky, shouldn't all passports be valid for it? Hindus, in their capacity for love, are indeed hairless Christians, just as Muslims, in the way they see God in everything, are bearded Hindus, and Christians, in their devotion to God, are hat wearing Muslims.
Structural overtones add richness to Martel’s novel, and so does his voluminous research, deployed among a wide range of subjects New York Times
Martel’s writing has never been more charming, a rich mixture of sweetness that’s not cloying and tragedy that’s not melodramatic Denver Post
What we’re reading . . .
Bristol, 1965: In the dead of winter, a young deaf and dumb woman goes missing without a trace. But the police don’t care about a West Indian immigrant who is nowhere to be found. Heartman by M.P. Wright follows Joseph Tremaine ‘JT’ Ellington: a Barbadian ex-cop not long off the boat, with a tragic past and a broken heart. Local mogul Earl Linney hires him to track down the missing girl, JT soon finds himself adrift in a murky world of prostitution and kidnapping, where each clue reveals yet more mysteries.
Age 34, Kate was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer. After a two-year battle with the disease, Kate died peacefully at home on Christmas morning, just ten minutes before her sons awoke to open their stockings. Kate Gross personal memoir Late Fragments are her reflections on the wonder to be found in everyday, the importance of friendship and love, and how to fill your life with hope and joy even in the face of tragedy.
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