Thurles Born Olive Collins Launches ‘Lucinda’s List’

Lucinda's List, by Thurles author Olive Collins

Writer and Artist Eileen Keane will launch Olive Collins’ debut book “Lucinda’s List,” on Saturday May 14th 2011 at 7.00 pm. The launch will take place in the function room at Hickeys licenced premises, here in Cathedral St, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Signed copies of the book will be available to purchase on the night and all are welcome to join Book Republic and Olive to celebrate this launch.

The Book’s Characters
What began as a harmless game for Lucinda Tidy ended with unexpected consequences, testing loyalties of a friendship she took for granted. Lucinda can be generous and thoughtful yet equally corrupt. Her peculiar habit of keeping lists is a source of amusement to her friends, but the origins of her habit are deeper than routine. Behind her almost perfect facade lurks a story she has tried to deny.

Alice hasn’t a practical bone in her body. She loves life and never tires of experimenting with fashion or adventures with her current young toy-boy, dubbed ‘The Sickly Prince,’ because of his exotic beauty. Now that Fiona has finally relinquished all hope of resurrecting her marriage, she focuses on attempting to update her father’s ancient pub, which he has been slow to alter, while also attempting to recapture lost years.

Rose is the sensible one of the group. Unlike her friends, she offers practical advice rather then their preferred drama. Despite her mother’s sudden interest in Rose’s man-less and child-less state, Rose is content with her independence yet she finds something alluring beneath the academic surface of her best male friend.

Together their lives entwine, through a humorous and moving maze of friendship and loss.

Lucinda’s List ” is a cracking good read, and an ideal companion, dare I say pleasant distraction, for those of you planning a few hours, like poet Thomas Gray, ‘Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife,‘ this Summer.

The Author
Olive Collins was born and raised in Thurles, Co Tipperary where her father was a serving member of An Garda Síochána for almost thirty years. Olive was educated at the Presentation Convent, Thurles and St Joseph’s College in Borrisoleigh, in Co Tipperary. Members of her family were writers and poets, namely Sr Mary Xaverius O’ Donoghue who penned many books. Olive joined the Clane Writers Group, where she got tremendous support and her short stories have been aired on radio. “Lucinda’s List”  is her debut novel. She now resides in Naas, Co Kildare.

To Purchase the Book
Lucinda’s List,” is available to buy from the 14th of May 2011, on the Book Republic website. It will be in paperback format and priced at €12.99.



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