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Read about WALKING ON RIPPLES in The Irish Times: https://lnkd.in/dDB4Zz5
Great to hear that the old Seven Towers Last Wednesday readings & open-mic nights have been revived, and named the Sunflower Sessions in honour of the late Sarah Lundberg. The next event will take place upstairs in Jack Nealon’s pub, 165 Capel Street Dublin, on the last Wednesday of this month – April 29 at 7.30 pm. I’ll do a reading from WALKING ON RIPPLES in Nealon’s and will also read from that book at the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine taking place this year from May 15-17. My reading spot at the East Cork event is scheduled for 12.00 pm on Saturday May 16 in the Garden Tent. As well as a general reading I will of course include the book’s one and only secret recipe – delicious instructions on how to prepare and cook a salty sea sprat.
The promised Seascapes interview goes out on RTE Radio One between 10.30 and 11 pm on Friday night March 27. All to the good as far as WALKING ON RIPPLES is concerned – the broadcast should help get things motoring in terms of spring sales (twice in January the book entered one of Amazon’s Top 30 lists, but only for a brief visit each time). A further boost now would keep things ticking over nicely. Seascapes will be available as a podcast on the RTE site for those who miss the broadcast. On a related note, the LMFM interview (all of nearly twenty minutes) is still available for download on the LMFM site. Just go to the Late Lunch podcasts and click on the December 15 show.
Another excellent review, this in the Spring 2015 issue of Irish Country Sports & Country Life magazine, under the sub heading WALKING ON RIPPLES is NOT your average angling book – dip into it and you’re caught like a fly in a spider’s web. The article, spread over a generous three pages, contains a number of extensive extracts from the text accompanied by these kind comments: “… we glide between fact and fiction and cannot help but wonder where, if anywhere, is there a crossover point. Yes, this chapter is fiction, we know that. But what a tale is woven; we are wrapped like a spider’s fly. Only an angling thread reminds us that this is an angling book; we use that thread to move from what might be an uncomfortable world into the light again. An allegory for angling itself? After a while I forgot to separate the fact from the fiction; I didn’t care as the writing is addictive and, like a well-taken fly, I was hooked.”
The book should also feature on RTE’s Seascapes programme one of these Friday nights. An interview, conducted by Marcus Connaughton, is already in the can so should go out soon.
A good review of WALKING ON RIPPLES has appeared in the January 2015 edition (#466) of the renowned UK magazine Trout Fisherman, where Jeffrey Prest writes under the heading An Engrossing Stroll Through Irish Angling:
“Irish short story writer David Murphy applies a literary flourish to angling in his homeland, in this eclectic book that mixes real-life essays on game and saltwater fishing with several short stories. The book’s flap-notes have it spot-on where the overall effect of this blend is concerned –“part fiction, part memoir, part travelogue – this is not a dry fishing manual full of technical jargon but a lyrical tribute to the angling life.” It’s a book upon which I seized with particular relish because I have unfinished business where the defining book on Irish fishing – the soul of it rather than the mere technical nuts and bolts – is concerned. I thought Dennis Moss had come up with it in IRISH RISE four years ago but the wording and image on its cover proved deceptive; this was a nuts and bolts job, albeit a very good one. Would David Murphy be the man to convey the mood of what it means to fish ‘across the water’? Almost, it turns out. Certainly, you get a sense of place – I know now that Tramore is the Republic’s Skegness (“vinegar-strewn chippers and gougers on the loose for their annual week”) or that Donegal loughs are “the most alluringly beautiful and stunning of Ireland’s fishing secrets.” All the book lacks is more characters – a genuine cross-section of men and women whose words and thoughts collectively offer an insight into what makes Ireland’s anglers tick. But that’s just my bias and not one that should deter you from buying one of the better angling books I’ve read this year. Murphy has a vivid turn of phrase (“Great to be back in sacred, spiritual places where … ghosts of history abound, trout rise and sons and daughters speak”) and his short stories are masterly, their darkness gradually unfolding, like a cinematic villain stepping slowly from the shadows.”