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London, January 1938. Disillusioned author Ellis Spender wants money, happiness and a new life abroad. Struggling to stay ahead of his creditors, he decides to forge a sequel to one of the most famous novels of all time: Bram Stoker’s Dracula. His remarkable ‘discovery’ will create the success he believes he deserves. And he will stop at nothing to achieve it. A Talented Man is a page-turning psychological suspense about deception, forgery … and murder.

Publication date: April 2nd 2020

“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

Violet Hill was a Pat Kenny & Eason Book Club choice in June 2018 and a ‘Great Summer Read’ in both the Irish Times and the Irish Independent. Listen to a real-life Met Police Super Recogniser talk to Dave Fanning about his work, and how true-to-life Violet Hill is, on the Ryan Tubridy Show, RTE Radio 1.


on 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)

on What Becomes Of Us (2015)
“One to watch in Irish fiction.” (Stellar magazine)
“Shines with intelligence and emotional insight.” (Eilís 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)