Eugene McEldowney

(1943)
Eugene McEldowney was born in Belfast and educated at Queen's University. He enjoyed a long career as a journalist with The Irish Times, and began to write fiction in 1994. Stella's Story is his sixth novel. The companion novel, The Faloorie Man, was published by New Island in 1999. Eugene McEldowney lives in Malahide, Co. Dublin.

Books
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Stella's Story

New Island Books, 2002

Growing up on a small farm in Fermanagh during the 1940s, smothered by small-town life, Stella Maguire dreams of becoming someone special. When she finally escapes to the bright lights of Belfast City, the War is in full swing: American soldiers fill the restaurants and bars, there is work aplenty, and the whiff of opportunity scents the air. But a simple mistake abruptly derails Stella's plans. Facing into single motherood, alone and destitute, she is forced to make the toughest decision of her young life – to give up her beloved baby boy for adoption. Fleeing Belfast for Dublin and then the USA, Stella tries to outrun her troubled past. Years later, an unexpected phone call from a young man in search of his mother upends her world.

Translated into

Greek

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The Faloorie Man

New Island Books, 1999

Based on his wife's true-life story of adoption and eventual reconciliation, McEldowney's novel The Falloorie Man became a bestseller. In one of the most captivating stories of childhood yet to emerge from Northern Ireland, he traces the early years of Martin McBride, a young Catholic boy growing up on the streets of post-war Belfast.

Translated into

Greek, German

Rights Contact
Maria White,
New Island Books
2 Brookside
Dundrum Road
Ireland

T: 00353 1 2989937
F: 00353 1 2982783
E: MariaWhite2001@aol.com
W: www.newisland.ie