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By: Cornelius Buckley

The Cottage

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This novel by Cornelius Buckley, follows the two previous collections of poetry. The Last Irish Romantic, was launched by Gabriel Fitzmourice, the noted poet, at the Listowel literary festival. He described the collection as a striking series of works reminiscent of T. S Eliot and Michael Hartnett. The book was praised by the famous Dublin publisher and poet, Pat Boran, as a “truly distinctive debut volume”, and the noted British poet Bernard O’Donoghue described it as “brilliant”. Cornelius’s second collection, Poems from Heartlands, was published recently. It was uniquely innovative in that it contained both printed poems of note, but also hand-written poems woven into distinctive artwork by the author. The colour edition received fulsome praise. It has won the Pinnacle Book Achievement award, the San Francisco Literary Festival award for Poetry; the Author’s Circle award for novel of excellence, the Firebird book award, the Titan award, and the Outstanding Creator award. The Cottage continues that innovative approach. The poetry scattered throughout may seem extraneous, but it is an essential part of the character of the protagonist, a poet and lecturer in literature. It is partly autobiographical. But the novel also owes much to Agatha Christie as a mystery and as such should keep the reader guessing to the end. But it is more than that; the author feels that books should operate on different levels, and The Cottage also embodies literary riches and philosophies that should challenge the reader. It contains theological material also which some might shy away from, but it is part of the character of the author as a priest, and the protagonist as a deacon. The general quality of the work and its mystery should offset any criticism and make this a must-read, full of fascinating byways and twists of the imagination which make this a major work of literary excellence like the author’s previous praised and multi-award-winning poetic art.

 Cornelius is a graduate of St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, and has a doctorate from Oxford University, where he specialised in modern American poetry. He has already published two prose works, Wheels of Light and Learn from Me, and is busy finishing two further novels, The Mountain and The Island. They should be published soon by whatever lucky publisher takes them up.

This novel by Cornelius Buckley, a multi-award-winning writer, comes from a lifetime of dedicated writing, especially of poetry. One of his previous works The Last Irish Romantic, was launched by Gabriel Fitzmourice, the noted poet, at the Listowel literary festival. He described the collection as a striking series of works reminiscent of T. S Eliot and Michael Hartnett. The book was praised by the famous Dublin publisher and poet, Pat Boran, as a “truly distinctive distinctive debut volume”, and the noted British poet Bernard O’Donoghue described it as “brilliant”. Cornelius’s second collection, Poems from Heartlands, was published recently. It was uniquely innovative in that it contained both printed poems of note, but also hand-written poems woven into distinctive art work by the author, as in his original notebook sources. These encapsulate a lifetime of poetic and artistic work. The poet’s second collection, the color edition, received fulsome praise. It has been nominated for numerous awards, including the book of the year award, and has won the Pinnacle Book Achievement award, the San Francisco Literary Festival award for Poetry; the Author’s Circle Novel of Excellence award, and the Firebird book award. His latest collection, Journey into Light: New Art Poems, continues that brilliant innovative approach, what the poet calls “new art poetry”. The Cottage novel might also be called new art prose, in that it includes a lot of poetry as part of its plot and narrative. But this is not arbitrary, the poetry is part of the essence of its main character, a poet and university lecturer like Cornelius; there are elements of autobiography in the main character of the novel. But it also owes as lot to Agatha Christie and the mystery novel genre; the detective mystery solver in the work is a kind of British Hercule Poirot. This makes the novel more readable and entertaining, for the author believes literary work should be readable at several different levels. But the poetic quality makes The Cottage a unique trip into what the author would call poetic prose, woven into an exciting mystery narrative that should keep the reader entertained and guessing and enthralled to the end.

Cornelius Buckley is a graduate of St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, and has a doctorate from Oxford University, where he specialized in modern American literature. He has previously published two prose works, Wheels of Light and Learn from Me. The Cottage is his first venture into novel writing but he is preparing two other novels, sequels to The Cottage  The Mountain and The Island. They continue the innovative poetic prose departure and fascinating mystery quality.

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