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    • ISBN:9780755328987
    • Publication date:09 Jan 2006

Tell Me Your Secret

By Deirdre Purcell

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A powerful and thought-provoking novel about women's lives from the high-profile journalist and writer

An evocative and dramatic novel told in the voices of two narrators: Violet, who in 1944 is imprisoned in the tower of a rambling country house by her family; and Claudine, a modern-day property negotiator who becomes involved in handling the sale of the derelict Whitecliff in 2004. Violet's story is of young innocent love for a local lad taking an unfortunate twist, while Claudine is a thoroughly twenty-first-century character: daughter of a loving father with a less loving stepmother, she marries in haste after her father's death, and is at a turning point in her life when she starts to find out the true story of Violet. Is happiness a possibility for these women in their separate and very different worlds?

Biographical Notes

Deirdre Purcell was born and brought up in Dublin, and educated there and in a County Mayo convent. Before turning to the writing of fiction, she lived through an eclectic set of careers, including acting, as a member of the permanent company of Ireland's National Theatre (The Abbey), and journalism for all media - for which she won Ireland's top awards.

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  • ISBN: 9780755328994
  • Publication date: 14 Aug 2006
  • Page count: 480
  • Imprint: Hachette Books Ireland
'One of our most gifted writers . . . her books need no introduction at this stage. Achingly poignant, with warm, strong characters, it will no doubt become and instant bestseller and delight all Purcell fans. Vintage Deirdre Purcell.' — Irish Independent Review
'A writer fully in charge of her craft . . . an impeccably drawn tale . . . tightly written story that pulls you in very easily.' — Sunday Tribune
'Purcell's fans will not be disappointed' — Sunday Independent
'Deirdre Purcell now the author of more than 10 books, is one of our most gifted writers, at once encompassing both romantic popularity and literary style in her fiction. Her books need no introduction at this stage.' — Irish Independent Review
'Here is an Irish storyteller in full stride, gracing her genre with exemplary skill' — The Irish Times
'A charming read... you'll find you won't be able to put it down' — RTE Guide
A poignant dramatic story of how two women are drawn together by a family secret...heart-warming and moving — Woman's Way
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