“Beautifully written. Comes with high and glowing recommendation from me. I really, really enjoyed it… If you’re putting a book in the bag this weekend, that’s the one. One of my books of the year so far.” Ryan Tubridy, RTÉ Radio 1

“Henrietta McKervey’s brilliant new novel is all about stories. It’s about the stories we tell regarding ourselves – are we the hero or the villain of our own lives? It’s about what gives a story value, and the ways in which a story can take on a life of its own, for better or for worse. A Talented Man is a wonderfully entertaining novel … The narrative is tight as a drum throughout, from the opening scene in the pub to the excellent ending.” Sunday Times

“Stylish, compelling … An utterly absorbing, atmospheric, beautifully written novel.” Irish Times

“A proper throat-clenching will he get caught? thriller storyline, given added style and depth by respectively, elegant writing and some thought-provoking explorations of identity, art, morality, the mind and the self. A Talented Man could be an early inclusion in the Ripley series.” Irish Independent

Featured in Irish Times ’20 books to unwind with this summer’ feature (May 2020) and the Irish Independent ‘The great escape: 50 books for an Irish summer’ (July 2020). Read an excerpt on RTÉ, my Irish Times feature on renowned frauds and forgeries, and an interview with Sean Rocks on Arena, RTÉ. See Reviews page for all reviews.

A Talented Man (2020)

The real question isn’t why some people kill.
It’s why more people don’t.
January 1938. Struggling to stay ahead of his creditors, disillusioned author Ellis Spender decides to forge a sequel to one of the most famous novels of all time: Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He wants money, happiness and a new life abroad, and he’ll do anything to get it. A Talented Man is a page-turning psychological suspense about deception, forgery … and murder.

A Talented Man was published on April 2nd, and because I was wondering what the characters might have been reading, seeing or going to on that day, I did a bit of digging in newspaper archives:

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A Talented Man is currently available from all good bookshops and online.

Violet Hill (2018)
Optioned for tv by Causeway Pictures.
“McKervey is brilliant at evoking the sights and sounds of Edwardian London.” Irish Times
“An evocative and compelling read.” Irish Independent
“A skilful, intelligent storyteller.” Lia Mills
“Henrietta McKervey is a storyteller of rare gifts. I love her writing. Violet Hill is a wonderfully assured and compelling novel, so evocative of a London that has long ceased to be, yet crackling on every page with urgently contemporary resonance and meaning. I thought it skilfully organised, thrilling, generously abundant with readerly pleasures and put together with the skill of a writer who means business and is here to stay. Seriously – I’m not kidding — I could not put it down.” Joseph O’Connor

Listen to an RTÉ interview with a real life Met Police Super Recogniser.

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The Heart of Everything (2016)
“A wonderful, memorable book – a tour-de-force.” Frank McGuinness
“This novel will delight fans of Anne Tyler and Maggie O’Farrell… leaves you thinking about the characters long after the last page is turned.” Sunday Independent
There is an emotional truth and authentic irresolution to the novel that will satisfy even the most cynical reader.” Sunday Business Post

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What Becomes Of Us (2015)
“One to watch in Irish fiction.” Stellar
“Shines with intelligence and emotional insight.” Eilis Ni Dhuibhne
“A talent able to tell a complex story with intelligence and humour.” Sunday Times
“She has wit, imagination and an understanding of human beings, which are the hallmark of the true novelist.” Irish Times

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