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Steeple City-bookcover

By: John Finbarr Buckley

Steeple City

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Steeple City is set in Cork City, Ireland and is a humorous story of how selfishness and loneliness can consume a family whose mother dies giving birth. We get to see life through the eyes of the main character Fin, a funny, lying, stealing fourteen-year-old bastard who despises his older gay brother and womanising father. The only rock in his life is his granny “The Mad Mullah”. The more hardship Fin inflicts or is inflicted upon him the more relatable he becomes. His toxic humour helps him and the reader navigate a year in his life. Fin’s immediate and extended family experience a year of love, laughter and death where an array of characters enter Steeple City with their own unique self-destructive story.

John Finbarr Buckley grew up in Cork, Ireland and still lives there today. A keen wildlife photographer who loves to daydream and create stories from memories. The ideal day for him is hiking in beautiful West Cork watching the clouds chasing each other till the Sun drops. Someday, he will actually find himself but until then he is enjoying the searching.

Also, visit the business accounts of John Finbarr Buckley Writer/Photographer on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

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  • Mags Acraman

    A gritty page-turner from start to finish. The author sets the scene in early 1980s Cork to perfection with a very deep and sometimes disturbing story about Fin, a young teenager, and the trials and tribulations of a year in his life. I loved the interaction between Fin and the others, from his family to his best friend, to his teacher, and to girls. All the relationships were very complex and demonstrated human nature, warts and all, very realistically. The author cleverly wove the story between the 80s and the past, providing a greater understanding and depth to the characters. I felt I really knew them and was interested in what was going to happen to them and worried for them. The story was a mixture of great humor, sadness, and everything in between, sometimes all at the same time. It is beautifully written and I can't wait to see what happens in the next chapter of Fin's life.

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