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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (4 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330371916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330371919
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,616,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After many years as a conventionally published poet and novelist, in 2014 Philip Casey founded eMaker Editions to publish his backlist and all future works.

His acclaimed novels, originally published by Lilliput and Picador, are now in new and revised paperback and digital editions by eMaker Editions (http://www.emakereditions.com) and available on Amazon. They are The Fabulists, The Water Star, and the Fisher Child, which comprise The Bann River Trilogy.

Tried and Sentenced, Selected Poems is taken from four previous collections of poetry by Raven Arts Press and New Island Books and is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle edtions.

His website Irish Writers Online (http://www.irishwriters-online.com), which lists concise literary biographies of several hundred Irish writers, enjoys a world-wide popularity.

A member of Aosdána, which honours artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland, he lives in Dublin.
You can follow him on Facebook (philip.casey.writer) and Twitter (Philip_Casey) and Goodreads (Philip_Casey)



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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Waterstar is a tense moving novel which describes a scene from different perspectives - the authors eye for capturing even the most complicated & hidden of human emotions make this book an incredibly vivid read... Highly recommended.
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Casey's novel is a subtle and penetrating insight into survival, recovery and despair in post-blitz London. A gem, read it.
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Ordinary lives. 27 May 2001
By JUNE T WALTERS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a book about ordinary people adjusting to life in England after the war. It is also a story about the difficulty experienced by exiles, trying to adapt to life in their newly adopted country. It is a love story, and highlights the difficulty of making the right choices, and living with the consequences of those choices.
Philip Casey uses the technique of multiple voices, narrating the same bit of personal history from the the different perspective of each of the characters. However, in each successive narration, one learns a bit more , another facet, of each event as it unfolds.
The "menage a trois" involves an attractive, capable and independent young British woman, in the prime of life: a traumatised and isolated German man, who is a guilt-ridden survivor of war: and a young and inexperienced young Irish man, a manual worker. The German has intelligence and depth, and is fond of contemplating the mystery and beauty of Spirals found in Maths and Astronomy. He finds solace and healing in the music of Mahler. The young Irishman has a sexual awakening, and comes to adulthood and parenthood, under the tutelage of the heroine. She herself has to deal with the necessity of making hard choices.
The book is an enjoyable and light read, and involves other minor characters. Towards the end of the book one is given a glimpse of the beauty and poverty of Ireland, contrasted to the life of working class Britain. What I found hard to believe was that in the house owned by the heroine, there is an indoor bathroom! It is my experience that homes from that era usually had outdoor bathrooms. But...read it for yourself, and YOU decide!
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