Deborah O'Donoghue


Deborah O’Donoghue is a British-Irish writer who has lived in the UK, France and Belgium. She has travelled all over the world and worked in car body repairs, in the best fish ‘n’ chip shop in Brighton, and been a gopher in a comedy club, as well as a teacher. She’s a past winner of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Short Story Prize. Her début novel, Sea of Bones, was published by Legend Press in 2019 and comes out in Germany in 2021. Follow Deborah on Twitter and Instagram.

29 July 2021

John Muir. Father of the National Parks

John Muir, known as the Father of the National Parks, lived all through Queen Victoria’s reign to the start of World War I. He emigrated aged […]
22 July 2021

Summer in the city? 10 of Europe’s best day trips

With so many of us unable to plan travel this summer, here’s a list of some of the best day trips from European cities to help […]
20 July 2021

Discover the Camargue: Europe’s largest river delta

Just upstream of the historic French town of Arles in the south of France, about 15 km as the crow flies from the Mediterranean, the river […]
8 July 2021

10 books to lose yourself in this summer

What makes a summer read special? Is it our state of mind, relaxed and ready to immerse in something other than work? Is it like eating? […]
29 June 2021

10 of the best travel books

1. London Orbital by Ian Sinclair I’ve recently begun the Promenade Verte, a 60km trail around the outskirts of Brussels, taking in lovingly-tended guerrilla allotments and […]
24 June 2021

Dalwhinnie Distillery – a marriage in the mountains

In March 2018 I was on a final research trip for my book Sea of Bones and I took a train between Edinburgh and Inverness. Anticyclone […]
17 June 2021

Wolfburn Whisky – the return of a mythical beast?

Like last week’s Arran whisky, this week’s tipple – Wolfburn – has seen a revival after a halt in production of 150 years. The Wolfburn distillery […]
11 June 2021

Arran Whisky – How a war veteran revived a sleeping giant

The Isle of Arran lies between Ayr and Kintyre. Sometimes known as ‘Scotland in miniature’, it possesses all Scotland’s geography – Highland and Lowland areas – in […]
4 June 2021

Auchentoshan Whisky – Is it breakfast or Suntory time?

When I think of whiskies owned by Suntory, the Japanese drinks conglomerate, I can’t help but think of one of the greatest travel films of all […]
26 May 2021

Caol Ila: the whisky from the Queen of the Hebrides

Just 25 miles north of the northern Irish coast lies Scotland’s fifth and the British Isles’ eighth largest island. Rich in Gaelic, Norse, and Scottish clan […]
19 May 2021

Oban, a town built by whisky

Just over two miles above the town of Oban lies Loch Gleann a’ Bhearraidh, a reservoir that overhangs the coast like an infinity pool, glassily reflecting […]
12 May 2021

What’s so fascinating about Robin Hood?

Crime fiction continues to be the world’s best-selling genre and there are reasons why. All stories help us understand the world and our relationship to it. […]
28 April 2021

La vie en rose: Discover Toulouse

Toulouse in south-west France boasts an enviable climate and proximity to ski resorts in the Pyrenees. Its distinctive terracotta ‘foraine’ brick work has earned it the […]
23 April 2021

Shakespeare’s Birthday, the 10 best places to celebrate

23rd April is Shakespeare’s birth and deathday. It’s almost as if he had written it himself – the ultimate English Bard was born and died on […]
15 April 2021

10 Easy barbecue dishes to impress your friends

Barbecue season has begun and with outdoor socialising on the cards for the foreseeable future, here are a few ideas to get your taste-buds tingling and […]
9 April 2021

Ian Fleming – the man behind James Bond

Write what you know, they say, but it’s a tall order for thriller writers. There’s a big difference between the sedentary desk life of an author […]
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