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Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told

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Tom Phelan was born and raised on a farm in County Laois, Ireland. His first novel was published to critical acclaim when he was fifty. His novels include "In the Season of the Daisies," "Iscariot," "Derrycloney," and "Nailer." He now lives in New York.


"Witty ... The bawdy humor and the plentiful details of the farming lifestyle do much to enrich Phelan's entertaining murder mystery."--Publishers Weekly Praise for The Canal Bridge: "Tom Phelan's The Canal Bridge is the best novel of love in the time of war since Cold Mountain. It is an old-fashioned story in the very best sense: dramatic, passionate, unpredictable, gorgeously written, heartbreakingly true, ultimately ennobling. This is truly a great book. I loved every page." --Howard Frank Mosher, author of Walking to Gatlinburg "The Canal Bridge is a tour de force of writing, passionate, moving, and brilliant. Here is World War I in all its madness, and its terrible humanity." --Kevin Baker, author of The Big Crowd "There is no false bravado in Phelan's riveting, unsparing account, no sentimentality, no hollow heroes, no hyper-patriotic blather. Phelan's characters live and breathe and bleed. Phelan's fiction is the real thing. The Canal Bridge is a classic." --Peter Quinn, author of The Banished Children of Eve and Dry Bones "Effectively constructed and emotionally honest ... the reader gains a new perspective on how the Great War decimated lives throughout Europe." --Booklist, starred review "Masterful ... Must be ranked among the most successful novels dealing with the First World War." --Irish Emigrant "Phelan is a marvelous storyteller. Don't miss out on a great contemporary author." --Irish Eyes (Paris) "Powerful and deeply affecting." --Books Ireland

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