The people who Prosperous writer Adrian Millar says “sustain me” met in O’Brien’s sandwich bar on Saturday evening to celebrate the launch of his novel ‘The Quiet Life’.
With local photographer Mike O’Toole acting as MC, poet Anne Egan said she was delighted and honoured to be there to launch the book.
She gave a quick synopsis of Adrian’s “quite extraordinary” life, including that he started to teach himself Japanese at the age of 11. The two met in a creative writing group in Clane that she had set up some years ago.
“He was part of that group,” she explained, adding “He enriched it very very much.”
Speaking of his writing she noted that “the spirit of the human being shines throughout his writing”.
Mr. Millar paid tribute to Ms. Egan noting that “she’s very real”.
“I’m very honoured to have her here today and not Seamus Heaney,” he joked.
But then he turned his attention to an area of great wealth in his life. Going around the room, he spoke of the role the people had played in his life. “Everyone here has sustained me,” he said.
He also spoke of his love for sitting in O’Brien’s Sandwich Bar in Clane.
“A friend of my daughter’s said to her the other day, ‘Does your Daddy live in there?’”
“Here I feel acknowledged,” the Belfast native explained.
He then described his journey in publishing and how initial interest with many publishers had led to disappointment.
“They tell me you have to have a fan base. Well, you are my fan base,”
Speaking of his wife and three daughters he noted that it was said that every great man had a great woman behind them.
In his case, he acknowledged that he had “four great women” behind him.
‘The Quiet Life’ has been described as ‘an exceptionally heartfelt and intelligent examination of punishment, guilt and atonement with considerable emotional impact’.
It tells the story of a brother and sister who sleep-walk their way through life until they are forced to be true to themselves after a family member dies in a shooting at the height of the Northern Ireland conflict. The book is on sale in Barker and Jones for n10.