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Folk'd [Kindle Edition]

Laurence Donaghy , Joanne Sayer , Kevin Elliott
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Meet Danny Morrigan. Callcentre worker. Young father. Danny’s not entirely happy with his life. He finds himself tortured by the "what ifs", and by one in particular – what if his casual girlfriend hadn’t told him she was pregnant before he finished his university degree? What if, out of some sense of decency and not wanting to be like his own father, he hadn’t “done the right thing” and dropped out to support her and the baby?

When Danny comes home from work after a particularly bad day to find his girlfriend and baby son have vanished, Marie Celeste like, into thin air, it begins a series of events that quickly moves beyond a simple missing persons case. Danny begins to uncover the Morrigan family's real purpose in this world, a world of lurking danger and concealed horror, where the line between mythology and reality blur. Before he knows it he’s living another life where (seemingly) he has everything he ever wanted…a good job, no responsibilities…but what is the cause of this change? Where have his family gone? Why doesn’t anyone remember his old life?

And most importantly, does he want it back?

Folk’d interweaves a very modern tale of unexpected parenthood and responsibility set in contemporary Belfast with ancient Irish mythology and the supernatural. In Folk’d and its sequels, Folk’d Up Beyond All Recognition and Completely Folk’d, we are taken on a humorous, sometimes horrifying, always enthralling journey from modern-day Belfast to prehistory as the full and tragic tale of the Morrigan family is told.

About the Author

LAURENCE DONAGHY is Belfast born and (tatie) bred and has lived for approx 32.5% of his total life expectancy thus far off the Falls Road, where is currently lives with his wife and two young children. A geek before geek-chic was chic, he's been a fan, follower and writer of sci-fi and fantasy most of his life. Laurence is a civil servant.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 544 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Last Passage; 1 edition (8 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WGZTV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #455,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Troubles-torn Belfast in 1981, Laurence Donaghy grew up determined to put his passion for pen to page to work in ways as far removed from all that old bollocks as humanly possible. A geek before geek-chic was chic, he's been building pillow-forts in the comforting duvet of sci-fi and fantasy most of his life and finds it remarkable that in a world full of real jobs involving answering phones and filling in forms (oftentimes, lamentably, simultaneously), anyone can become something as wondrous as full-time author without having made some sort of soul-timeshare deal with Beelzebub. But until Lucifer returns his calls, he's happy being a civil servant and father-of-two by day, and a budding neo-Rowling by night.

Fortune struck when after shamelessly flouting the rules of an SFX magazine Pulp Idol competition in 2009, his story Stood Up And Be Counted (submitted with truly Machiavellian cunning under the psedonym of his partner) was one of the 10 runners-up. This led to a commission to write an entry in the Big Finish "Doctor Who" short story anthology "Christmas Around The World." That short story - Instead of You - has since gone down in Doctor Who fan folklore*.

After dabbling in the murky, shipping-encrusted waters of fanfic by writing (for fun) sequels to superhero movies he found lacking and crossovers between shows that were obvious in hindsight - he was amazed that no-one had thought of the many parallels between Doctor Who and Balamory - Laurence decided to pen his own magnificent octopus.

The result - the Folk'd trilogy, three volumes of family intrigue and ancient Irish mythology in a head-on collision with very modern themes of unexpected parenthood and unwanted responsibility, with a few sizzling spider-secretaries thrown in. Okay, one. Folk'd took Laurence a year to write and was originally intended as one book; unfortunately, that first book found itself unexpectedly with child. Dealing with this admirably and raising the child as his own, Laurence was amazed when it matured quickly to adulthood and the cycle repeated itself.

Laurence sets out to make every book or short story he writes a serious no-nonsense affair, and this usually lasts about ten pages before he can't resist squeezing in a few jokes because hey, real life is frankly a bit mental, shouldn't fiction have an obligation to run along similar lines? He refuses to even begin a story before he is completely sure that it will offer the world something new. He abhors cliche in all its forms and believes to be an author you have to take things one day at a time and give it 110%.

Laurence is a huge fan of Terry Pratchett, Peter David, Timothy Zahn and every other author who believes that just because a character is approaching a mountain and the mountain is picturesque, we do not need 1,000 words of how the reflections looked on a drop of sweat coming off the end of a goat's nose and the gamut of emotions they inspired in our protagonist as a result. Neither is he a fan of authors who believe that surrealism is a shortcut to deep and meaningful truth. Straightforward dialogue, in his view, can expose as many universal truths as donkeys eating grass on the ninth moon of Saturn halfway through a book set on a Glaswegian council estate.

You can read more about Laurence on his website - - or follow him on twitter @larboIreland

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funnier than Pratchett and Adams 25 Nov 2013
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This is hands down the funniest novel I've ever read. If you like Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams this is for you. Laurence Donaghy is a fantastic observer of the human condition. His skill as a writer turns the everyday, the mundane, into situations that when read, cause to you to literally laugh out loud. At one line I almost had to suffocate myself with a pillow to stop myself from waking my wife I was laughing that hard.

I was attracted to this book because it was a fantasy novel, based in Belfast, that after reading the free chapter, I found funny. Remove any of these elements, it still would remain a fantastic book. It isn't a comedy though, its a tale of fantasy where funny things happen. Horror happens too, genuine moments of terror. Touching moments too, tugs on the old heart strings and a twist around the half way mark which genuinely made me go " NOOOOO" A rare book, one based in Belfast that has no mention of the troubles, which is a refreshing breath of fresh air. Fantastic use of language and speech, it feels authentic of Belfast without the clunky stereotypes of how we speak here. I bought the Kindle version and knew immediately how much I liked it that I went out and bought a signed copy from a local retailer. The cliff hanger ending had me literally checking my calendar to see when part two was available. You will not regret this purchase and like me will be waiting not so patiently for the 2nd installment
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5.0 out of 5 stars Folk'd if I know where to begin! 21 Nov 2013
Review - Folk'd by Laurence Donaghy

Folk'd if I know where to begin!

In Danny Morrigan, Donaghy has created a character that is charming and offensive in equal measure. One cannot help but empathise with him. Funny, sarcastic, warts and all, he is such a believable character in a make-believe world. Reinventing folklore, dragging mythology into the modern era, is a brilliantly fresh concept. One cannot fail to be impressed by such an imaginative and fresh novel.

Laurence Donaghy dances through genres as if suspended on air. There's magic in his prose, there's humour (Billy Connollysque) in his dialogue, there's wizardry in his fantasy, and there's a hard reality to his romance. There is also a painful truthfulness to his writing. At times, his uncanny ability to get inside this reader's mind verges on disturbing. It is as if he has somehow looked inside my mind, stolen my darkest thoughts and exposed them to the world. Such talent!

The uniqueness in Donaghy's style is that he can touch my heart with a single beautiful phrase. He can make me laugh, cry, cringe and prick my conscious, all in the space of a few bittersweet lines. What brilliant use of the English (Belfast style) language. Unashamedly brilliant!

Folk'd is a great read. It will make you appreciate all that you have!

And the best bit - the second book in the Folk'd trilogy is out early next year.

Kenneth Gregory
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking first installment 21 Nov 2013
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I must admit I don't normally read so called "fantasy novels" so in truth I wasn't sure what to expect when I started to read Folk'd. However I can officially say I am now converted as this is a cracking good story, made even better by the use of local landmarks to really bring it to life.

The story focuses on a young family with a little nipper and as a relatively new dad myself many of the situations and experiences of the characters really struck a chord with me with many been there done that moment and there are some definite laugh out loud parts.

Looking forward to getting stuck into the remainder of the trilogy and definitely not doing any landscape gardening in the near future.

All round great read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mind blowing 13 April 2013
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This was such a suprising book and more than kept my interest with so many dimensions twists and turns left me waiting for much more
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly addictive reading 21 Nov 2013
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I vastly enjoyed this book through from start to finish. To be honest it isn't something I would useually read, but I'm glad I did. Funny, entertaining and even a little educational (I learnt some colourful new words along the way!). Whether this is your usual style of book or not, I would definately recommend you give it a blast. Apparently it's the first in a trilogy too, so I look forward to part two...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No fob off,Folk'd was great 11 Jun 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. fast paced, witty and engaging. Being weaned on 'fairy tales' as a child and being told once or twice that the fairies had taken me and left a changeling (in jest I hope!) there was a nagging thought early on in the book that it was those cute critters who had a hand in it.
Looking forward to reading the next installment as Danny goes down the 'rabbit hole'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic first book 1 Feb 2013
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Brilliant first offering from Laurence Donaghy.

Great characters you can really empathise with, and a plot that keeps you turning the pages.

If you love fantasy and Irish mythology, this is the book for you!

Next on today's book 2.

A truly entertaining read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read 10 May 2013
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good wee read, funny and entertaining . helps if you know a bit of the irish vernacular though. quite different from the mainstream.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Folk'd
Read a review of author in a local paper and decided to check out the book.
Didn't know what it was about but was pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jackie Kenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrown in the mix with a bit of the 'wee folk' made for a good read....
Pleasantly surprised by this book. Anyone who has had the pleasure of living in Belfast will totally understand Donaghy's characters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by scott roxborough
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Really hard read, didn't like it
Published 5 months ago by Gareth
5.0 out of 5 stars You know a book is great when you find yourself reading it on the way...
The only problem I had when I finished this novel was the wait till the next one. You know a book is great when you find yourself reading it on the way to work and on your tea... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. G. Mcelherron
5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you wish for...
Folk'd has the rare distinction of making me life out loud on the bus (something that only Terry Pratchett has previously achieved). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bill Heron
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read - A must buy
Anyone who loves the Northern Irish craic and banter this is a must read. A little bit of something supernatural thrown into the mix, I found it difficult to put this book down. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fiona P Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This isn't the sort of book I usually read, I was recommended it by a friend - Im glad I did! Funny and entertaining and kept me turning the pages. Read more
Published 6 months ago by susieh41
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it now!
Read this after a random recommendation. Have to admit I did not expect to enjoy it, but it turns out I had it read from cover to cover within 3days (and that was during exams!). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Stephanie Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars You Have To Read This Book
I can't praise this book highly enough!!

This wouldn't be my normal genre in all honesty but I am so glad I took the plunge! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Denis Rogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Catch yourself on! - buy this book
A must read! The story is dark, tragic and laugh out loud hilarious. I devoured the first two books within three days and am now impatiently waiting on book three. Read more
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