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Whitney Carlton
Brazil, Queimados

Wow, such a good web page.

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Aidan Bunting
Omagh, County Tyrone

One of my favourite books is The Anatomy School as it brought back so many memories of attending secondary school in Belfast in 1960s. There are parts of the book that still make me laugh no matter how many times I've read them. It's like being transported back to another world & Its like Bernard was in my school and logged loads of things that happened. That's the sign of a brilliant writer. Also loved Cal and Lamb. Keep up the good work.

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Thanks Aidan for taking the time to say this.
Ashlee Rader
Belgium, Ampsin

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I agree. Thank you.
Alexandra Campo Iraolagoitia
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nothing less than in love with Secrets, a very short story that made a deep impact on
me and my students alike. Thank you for it.
Still at odds when it comes to defining style. Any help from the horse's mouth?

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Linda MacFadyen
near Newcastle

Heavens, 33 years since I did your publicity for CAL! Hope all is well with you. Lindax

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33 years are as a snap of the fingers to me. Hope you are well and working


Just wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed reading Cal. I'm in the process of becoming a primary teacher, and in order to get on a PGDE course need to make up for not doing English Lit back in the day (1989!!!).

It's the first time I've critically read a book, and in re-reading and analysing Cal I'm amazed at just how much more there is in the novel than first meets the eye. As a story I loved it on the first read, so much so that I was guilty of glossing over so many subtle touches in my eagerness to find out where Cal’s story took him.

I can't speak for your motivation in writing the book, but it has definitely opened my eyes to the reality of life for many Catholics living in Northern Ireland in the '70s and beyond. Your book inspired me to gain a much deeper understanding of the Troubles and the centuries of history that preceded them. It has been an absolute pleasure to read and study.

Thank you.

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It's kind of you to take the time to write such things about Cal. Thank you.

Good luck with getting into the primary teaching. I too became a mature student in the 70's and went on to teach secondary school. Gruelling enjoyment.

michele josephine mclaverty

Looking for family I've been an orphan since 1970

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Anne janowiak

Liked your books and films. I have returned from USA and just wanted to say hi.
I worked with you and Anne back in the late 60,s and remember the craic. Hope
you and family are keeping well.
Anne ( nee. Nevin)

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Louis Arata
Chicago, IL

Dear Mr MacLaverty,
Last night I picked up Grace Notes, which I read when it first came out, and I was
immediately pulled in again. I currently work in a Community Music program which
offers lessons to children and adults, and seeing how music is so important to each of
them makes me want to share your novel with all the students.

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Good to hear from you. And good to hear that you are involving students in the world of Grace Notes. I have another short story 'My Dear Palestrina', which is set in a world where music is important. Perhaps you might like to read that? It was first published in a collection 'A Time to Dance', then later in my 'Collected Stories' ( Vintage). Good luck with whatever you do.


Laurie Lico Albanese
Stonecoast in Ireland / Montclair, NJ

Hello Bernard, thank you so
very much for your wonderful
reading at Stonecoast in
Ireland. We loved having
your charming self among us.
Hearing your charming self
read The Clinic aloud was a
great treat and honor.

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It was good to be there in the January sunshine of Howth eating and drinking and talking - however meanderingly.