Author Lorcan McNamee
After the success of his first novel, A Year in Lisbon, Sligo writer Lorcan McNamee will launch his second novel, Be Do Go Have in The Reading Room in Carrick-on -Shannon on Thursday, February 21.
The novel, Be Do Go Have, is a book of four interlinking stories set around Dublin and Meath in the present day.
There is one story for each verb in the title: the Be section is based around three characters in a mediation group; the Have story centres on a Dublin property tycoon who is obsessed with possessing money and things; and the story represented by Go has as a protagonist a travel writer who has difficulty being in one place for too long.
In the Do section, the main character is a young woman battling a debilitating illness. She cannot in fact do anything; her body will not respond the way that she wishes, and she is driven to try faith healers and every kind of alternative medicine to find some relief.
The author used his own experience with the debilitating condition ME in writing the Do story of the novel, and this is perhaps the most personal of the sections in the book.
There are characters that appear in more than one story, the narratives criss-cross and affect one another and the stories gradually move closer as the book progresses, coming together towards the end in a pivotal moment in the novel.
Lorcan's first novel, was a text on a first year literature course in a Lisbon university for a number of years, where the author went to speak to students about the novel.
Be Do Go Have is for sale in bookshops in Sligo and Leitrim.