Gerald O’Connor lives in Dublin with his long-term partner, Rosemarie, along with their three children. He writes character-driven novels by night and is a dentist by day. When he isn’t glued to the keyboard, he enjoys sci-fi films, spending time with his family and being anywhere in sight of the sea. He is currently working on his second novel, The Tanist, which is due for completion soon.
The Origins of Benjamin Hackett
Benjamin Hackett has come of age, technically. And in the midst of the celebratory hangover, his world is whipped out from under his feet. His parents have finally shared their lifelong secret with him; he’s adopted.
At the age of eighteen, the boy still has some growing up to do, and with the help of JJ, his loquacious consigliore and bodyguard, he embarks on an adventure that’ll put to bed a lifetime of lies.
Over the course of five days, they find themselves caught up in the darker side of Cork. But when they sweep through the misfits blocking their way and finally discover the truth of it… now that’s the greatest shock of all.
The Origins of Benjamin Hackett is a tender tale of heartache and displacement told through a wry and courageous voice. Set in Ireland in the summer of 1996, it’s a timely reminder that the world hasn’t moved on just as fast as we fancy. Now, in this emotionally charged story, Gerald O’Connor explores conditioned guilt and its consequences in a country still hiding from the sins of its past.
“A raucous and riotous coming of age story that is brutal, tender and hilarious.” —Paul D. Brazill, author of A Case of Noir and Guns of Brixton
“Visceral writing that inherits a long Irish tradition. O’Connor’s narrative contains sharp characterisation, and has an assured voice, while dramatising conditioned guilt with humour and style.” —Richard Godwin, author of Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour and One Lost Summer and others
“Tackles a serious theme of forlornness with sincerity, buoyancy, and wit.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Despite the expected teenage idiocy, the story never devolves into an angst-ridden brood fest, something many Young Adult books are guilty of being. Truthfully I’d categorize the book more in the New Adult genre due to the surprising maturity of the characters given their ages, a lack of focus on romantic entanglements, and the dramatic and believable changes both characters go through over the course of several days.” —Portland Book Reviews
Rights available: World ex. English language.