Brian’s Books

This is it!!! 23rd Sept 2014 - Copy (2)The Boy in the Boat – What the critics said

Australian Woman’s Day:Goodreads badge read reviews

From raw and compelling prose, a moving portrait emerges of Brian. From cowed child to fierce rebel and finally to an adult battling his own inner demons. This is a finely crafted memoir.”

 Australian New Idea:

“Brian is no angel. He’s an infuriating drunk and an irresponsible brute; which is why this story of ultimate redemption is so powerful. It has its lighter moments too, where innocent humor offers respite from the cynical and wistful mood.”

The Australian Irish Echo:

“O’Raleigh is a convincing writer and this book deserves ranking with ‘Angela’s Ashes’. He mixes dialogue, narrative and reflection in a memoir that is always engrossing, often scary and sometimes funny. He is searingly honest and if this work can bring help to other tortured souls, he deserves great credit.”

 The Storyteller of Inis Mor

When 38-year-old Conner O’Rourke returns to Ireland after an absence of 30 years, he is on the verge of suicide and running from his demons. His Irish grandmother, whom he hasn’t spoken to in years, has contacted him saying she’s critically ill and must speak with him before she dies. When he arrives on Inis Mór a wild, windswept, rocky little outcrop some 30 miles off the West Coast of Ireland – she has already died, leaving him a cottage and a dilapidated old sailing boat that was built by his grandfather. A mysterious old seaman appears offering to help him rebuild the boat and as they work together the old man tells Conner stories and legends of Ireland; stories of adventure, courage and passion. Conner is intrigued and inspired by the old man’s stories but will he find the courage to follow his own heart? Reviews 2014

“Brian O’Raleigh’s book – The Storyteller of Inis Mor-  reminds one of the great Irish writers such as Sean O’Faolain and Benedict Kiely” – Frank O’Shea. Literary critic – The Australian Irish Echo

Lorcan Dalton. 5.0 out of 5 stars

“I really enjoyed this book. It’s a deceptively simple story interwoven with stunningly evocative descriptions of the Irish landscape and culture. I particularly enjoyed the poetry that the author has weaved throughout. Its modern day Ireland, but with echoes of the past alive and well, brilliant stuff”

Amazon Review 2014

Lorrain: 5.0 out of 5 stars

“I loved this book! I am Irish and I loved the way he portrayed us in the book. Some might think it is stereotyping the Irish but I thought it was well written and made you use your imagination as he pulled you in to the story of mystery and wonder of the old Irish beliefs and traditions. Thumbs up!”

Amazon Review 2014

Arne Gronningsater. 5.0 out of 5 stars

“While weaving a captivating tale the book addresses the core challenge of living a meaningful life, one in harmony with the soul’s voice.”

Amazon Review 2014

Mark Houston 5.0 out of 5 stars

“This book is an absolute page turner, I could not put it down. He mixes humour, tragedy and intrigue in a story that demands to be made into a movie. The dialogue is brilliant, the characters are vibrant and engaging and his descriptions of the island just about had me packing a suitcase, it’s a great read!” Mark Houston.




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