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  • Paperback: 503 pages
  • Publisher: Poolbeg Press Ltd (23 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184223255X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842232552
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 17.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,149,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary O Sullivan is lucky enough to live near the coast in beautiful Southern Ireland. Until 2006 she worked as a Laboratory Technician , wrote a column in a local paper, composed poetry and short stories and day-dreamed about becoming a published novelist.
Since the publication of her first novel , Parting Company ,Mary has devoted her time to writing. She now has six published novels including ,As Easy As That, Ebb And Flow ,Inside Out and Under The Rainbow. Her sixth novel , Time And Tide , was published in July 2011.
Parting Company and As Easy As That are now also available to download in the Kindle Store.

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A riveting read – absolutely unputdownable -- Melissa Hill, March 2006

Synopsis

"Parting company" is a work of fiction.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Bywater on 11 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
Claire Hearn is devoting all her time and energy to her research. Claire's father Frank Dawson runs the family business Dashern Chemical Company. He built Claire her own research and development unit, when she had left university. A purpose built lab, where Claire could get lost in her work. Claire is about to make an important breakthrough in her work and she makes a huge discovery that could benefit mankind.

Frank had built up a thriving detergent manufacturing industry from nothing. Dashern products were distributed all over the world. But profits are falling and the company was heading for trouble. Claire's husband Brendan is the Deputy Director at the company. He had wormed is way into the company by marrying Claire. Brendan had never been supportive of Claire's work and their marriage was falling apart. Unknown to Claire and Frank, Brendan had been researching and negotiating with a company called RTTI for them to merge with the company to go into making herbal medicines.

But is it Dashern Chemical Company that RTTI want?

Do they know about Claire's research and want to steal it for themselves?

Can Claire stay one step ahead and hang on to her findings?

This book is a thrilling read from Mary O'Sullivan, the storyline is excellent. Good characters who generally want to help people and show the good side to human nature versus bad characters who want to take something that could be used to benefit mankind and use it for themselves for profit and personal gain, showing the bad side to human nature, when money and power can be put before the value of human life.

I found myself willing Claire to succeed and to protect her findings from the people trying to take it from her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jofromoz on 25 Aug. 2011
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Parting CompanyThe first book by Mary O'Sullivan. I hadn't read any of Mary's books previously, but recently I became aware through friends of all her books, so I began with the first, Parting Company.
Mary's characters become real on the pages for the reader, and I couldn't help feeling for Claire Hearn as she struggled to be recognised as a serious scientist who was on the threshold of making a breakthrough in a cure for cancer.
Her husband Brendan had married her for her wealth and position - he was made a partner of the family business by Claire's father on their marriage. Brendan had big plans for the plant though and wasn't happy with the way Claire's father was running the business where the staff were more like old friends.
Brendan agrees to contracting the plant to a huge pharmaceutical company who don't play by the rules of society; they play their money making rules without any care as to whether it destroys communities or not.
As the story is woven around the main characters and minor characters who add colour to the story, it becomes apparent that both Claire and her mother are not the weak, pathetic little wives of powerful men after all. They are both strong willed and know exactly what they want and how to get it.
It was a joy to read how Brendan, the cheating, cruel, conniving husband and son-in-law, gets his just desserts in the end.
A truly enjoyable and enthralling tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Jan. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
You know a book is good when you're annoyed because you've finished it. Mary O'Sullivan has created just such a book with 'Parting Company'. Claire Hearn is brilliant. She's just been a little sheltered. Sheltered to the point she's let herself be used by people who are much better at 'the game' than she is, not the least of which is her husband. Left to her own devices, Claire could go on, oblivious to those around her and their intent to use her brilliance for their own gain. When she finds herself without her father to protect her, she has to grow up fast, especially for a woman already in her thirties. People she should be able to trust she can't, people she knows she can't trust are too smart to stop or so they think. Set in beautiful Ireland, with lots of social commentary on the state of the world's economy, 'Parting Company' engages you on several levels. Wonderful character development, good plot, and an ending you may not see coming. Thank you, Mary. I almost didn't get up for work because I was up too late reading this.
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