Warm, Wise and Full of Humour: Read an Extract from A Week to Remember by Esther Campion

Warm, Wise and Full of Humour: Read an Extract from A Week to Remember by Esther Campion

‘Katie Daly!’ Miss Dorgan, their English teacher, swayed at the top of the steps of the West Cork Hotel.

‘You’re like a swan,’ she slurred before Mr Cashel, the head, took her by the arm, probably saving the woman from a tumble that would have brought the graduation dance to a standstill before it even got going.

‘She’s half-cut already,’ said Conor, who Katie had hardly been able to look at since he’d arrived at her home to collect her, armed with a beautiful rose to pin on her dress and a box of chocolates for her mother. In his brother’s car, the poor boy had tried his best to make conversation as they sat apart in the back seat.

Transformed as he was with that snazzy haircut and the mandatory tuxedo he’d complained at having to wear, he’d gone from simple gangly country boy to James Bond understudy. Other girls had insisted their partners wear coloured bow ties and matching triangles of handkerchiefs, but Katie made no such demands. After months of agonising over how she would ever find a partner who wasn’t one of the
male cousins suggested by her mother, not to mind listening to the conversations at school of the girls who had it all sewn up and thought they knew who every one of the boys would end up with, Conor Fox had done two miraculous things in one night – he’d asked her to dance at the hurling club disco and he’d asked her to the ball.

Not that he was a hurler. Although happy to support his brother and the local team from the sidelines, the game held no great interest for him. The clash of the ash, they called it. A fierce fast-moving game, the ash sticks held aloft, belting a leather ball at lightning speed, not
a helmet between them. No, Conor was refined, happier with a book in his hand…

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                    Publisher details

                    A Week to Remember
                    Author
                    Esther Campion
                    Publisher
                    Hachette
                    Genre
                    Fiction
                    Released
                    23 February, 2021
                    ISBN
                    9780733645518

                    Synopsis

                    Whether it was the lure of the rugged coastline or the comforting image of the house, he wasn't sure, but he couldn't remember the last time he'd taken a holiday... With its brightly painted front door, white-sash windows and garden path sweeping down toward the sea, Lizzie O's guesthouse promises a welcome escape from the world. Aisling and Mick Fitzgerald are travelling all the way from Tasmania to celebrate their wedding anniversary, but Aisling is burdened with a secret that could ruin their marriage. Declan Byrne, exhausted from an unhealthy routine of long hours, takeaway and too much red wine, has spontaneously taken the week off to visit the village of his childhood summers. Katie Daly returns to West Cork after an absence of 35 years to care for her ageing mother only to find she must confront her painful past. Finally, Mia Montgomery is taking this holiday without telling her husband. Each of this group of strangers is at a crossroads. And one week in the middle of winter may change all of their lives.
                    Esther Campion
                    About the author

                    Esther Campion

                    Esther Campion is from Cork, Ireland and currently lives in north-west Tasmania. She attended North Presentation Convent in Cork and has degrees from University College Cork and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Esther and her Orcadian husband have lived in Ireland, Scotland, Norway and South Australia. They have a grown-up daughter in Adelaide and the two youngest at home in Tassie with an over-indulged chocolate Labrador and two horses, which Esther firmly believes are living proof that dreams really can come true.

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