Secrets of the Surging Breakers by Mícheál Ó Siochrú

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Maternal rejection of Darragh McEllin at a young age is at the core of Secrets of the Surging Breakers.  It leads him to incarceration in an infamous reformatory school in the nineteen sixties; the systematic abuse inflicted there is vividly depicted from the perspective of the child.  In that iniquitous institution he is fortunate to encounter two kindly clerics who would have a profound influence on him.

During his detention there, all letters to his mother remain unanswered except for one to which she replies, promising to come for him on his twelfth birthday.  But she never does.

Throughout his adulthood, as he enjoys astounding success in many facets of life, he clings relentlessly to his hope for a change of attitude from her





Mícheál Ó Siochrú, a native of Baile an Sceilg Gaeltacht in South Kerry, resides by Shannonside near the enchanting village of Castelconnell, Co Limerick.  A bilingual writer for many years, his poetry and novels have won various awards, at the Oireachtas Literary Competitions and at Writers’ Week among others.

His highly acclaimed Irish novel Na Cócha Móra (Coiscéim) recently received the ultimate Oireachtas accolade for prose, the Book of the Year Award, which is the RTÉ sponsored prize for a novel deemed suitable for adaptation to television.  Secrets of the Surging Breakers is the English version.