When Hughie Mittman's beloved mother dies, he goes in search of answers - Who can he turn to now? Is it his fault? And how does he live without her?
Sometimes it can be hard to find a new beginning in the middle of so many endings...
Hughie Mittman is in search of forgiveness.
He has just lost his mother and believes it is all his fault.
And, with his father more distant than ever, how can Hughie make things right?
As he does his best to navigate this unfamiliar version of his life, and overcome his fears - of loss, of change, of lawnmowers - he ignores the questions he really wants answered. Was his father telling the truth when he said Hughie was adopted? And will he really never get to see his mother again?
Hughie Mittman's Fear of Lawnmowers is a heart-breaking but uplifting story about grief, the end of childhood, the power of friendship and the acceptance that although there are things we cannot change, the future can still be bright.
Conor Bowman was born on a Thursday in the west of Ireland. He is left-handed and hates coriander. In 1986, he stood up Samuel Beckett and has always regretted it. Incredibly, he was once offered a place to study in Cambridge University and that year changed his life.
His favourite writers are Graham Greene and A.M. Homes. Conor also writes songs. He has no mobile phone. He is not afraid of umbrellas and has an average sugar reading of 7.8. His hero is Elvis Presley. His favourite film is The 39 Steps.
Conor works as a senior counsel and lives in Meath. He is married with four children.