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Henrietta McKervey

Henrietta McKervey has published three novels, most recently 2018's Violet Hill. An Eason's Book Club choice, it is a mesmerizing story of danger and deception involving two unusual detectives - one of whom is the only female private investigator in post-World War I London, the second is part of the Metropolitan Police's elite Super Recogniser team - who work the same case a hundred years apart. The Heart of Everything (2016), an Irish Times Book Club choice, explores what happens when three estranged adult siblings are forced to reunite when their mother mysteriously disappears. Her 2015 debut, What Becomes Of Us, is the story of woman's life-changing encounter with a former member of Cumann na mBan, set against the fiftieth anniversary of the 1916 Rising. At Rope's End, her fourth novel, is due out in April 2020 Formerly an advertising copywriter, she is also an occasional creative writing teacher, feature writer and reviewer. She has a Hennessy First Fiction Award and was the inaugural winner of the UCD Maeve Binchy Travel Award, established in 2014 to commemorate Maeve Binchy's writing and love of travel. Henrietta's travel project, The General Synopsis at Midnight, explored the popularity and power of the much-loved BBC-broadcast Shipping Forecast through the thirty-one sea areas it covers.

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