Arrivals How Long Can a Secret be Kept? by Brian Gallagher


Arrivals How Long Can a Secret be Kept? by Brian Gallagher

When teenager Ciara Farrelly visits her dead grandfather's Ontario home she uncovers a secret from his childhood. Back in 1928, twelve-year-old Mike Farrelly made friends with Wilson, a lonely, rich boy whose family had emigrated from Ireland, and Lucy, a feisty Ojibwe girl from a local reservation. The three spent the bright, warm summer holidays having adventures together. But then a murder was committed, and Mike, Wilson and Lucy found themselves in danger. Suddenly, they had to trust each other, not only with their secrets, but with their lives...Follow their story with Ciara as she traces its echo down the years - and find out what really happened one summer, long ago.


a tale of loyalty and discovery, and of how learning about other people can teach you a lot about yourself! -- CBI Recommended Reads 2016 [Brian Gallagher is] one of Ireland's finest authors of historical fiction for any age, and in our opinion criminally underrated ... Gallagher is a consummate storyteller, the characters are brilliantly brought to life, the writing is perfectly pitched and the story rockets along making this an exciting and page turning read for any child with an interest in history or just a love of adventure -- a very special time-slip story, dealing with youthful class and racial tensions ... a fast-paced, moving story ... a rattling good yarn -- Historical Novel Society Review the story of the friendship at the heart of the novel is well told and thoroughly convincing. The setting is fascinating and well realised too, conveying a real sense of the excitement of the late 1920s and of the looming changes to society. Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart are the new superstars, old assumptions about class, status and even race are just beginning to be questioned. The children's friendship allows the author to explore these issues, and religious intolerance too, but it is done subtly and as part of the story -- Books for Keeps the dual narration adds to the tension in this fine story, which also shines a light on Irish attitudes to the British empire -- Irish Examiner

About the Author

Brian Gallagher is a full-time writer whose plays and short stories have been produced in Ireland, Britain and Canada. He has worked extensively in radio and television, writing many dramas and documentaries. He collaborated with composer Shaun Purcell on the musical, Larkin, for which he wrote the book and lyrics, and on Winds of Change for RTE's Lyric FM. Brian is the author of five books of historical fiction for young readers: Across the Divide, set during the 1913 Dublin Lockout; Taking Sides, which takes place against the backdrop of the Civil War; Secrets and Shadows, a spy novel that begins with the North Strand bombings during World War II; Stormclouds, set in Northern Ireland during the turbulent summer of 1969, and the hugely popular Friend or Foe, set during the 1916 Easter Rising. Brian is also the author of four adult novels. Brian lives with his family in Dublin. Find out more about Brian's books at

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240 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Publication date

11th April 2016



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O'Brien Press Ltd is an imprint of O'Brien


The O'Brien Press is Ireland's leading general publisher of both adult and children's books. Our list covers a huge range, including biography, humour, photography, history, art, fiction, politics, cookery, sport, music, memoir, true crime and travel and we are constantly expanding into new and exciting areas.

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