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.

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 […]
7 April 2021

10 Travel-themed cocktails to escape with

Whether you’re having a COVID-safe outdoor gathering with friends, celebrating the end of lockdown where you are, or staying at home and dreaming of a holiday, […]
5 April 2021

The Gambia: Africa’s smallest mainland Nation

A slim finger of a nation on Africa’s sunset coast, enveloped on all sides bar the ocean by Senegal, The Gambia wraps itself around the lower […]
1 April 2021

10 Beautiful campsites in the Ardennes and beyond

1. Camping Maka, Bouillon On the banks of the Semois river, offering great hiking, fishing, canoeing and swimming, Camping Maka is a well-organised, nature-first campsite with […]
25 March 2021

10 coolest retro buildings in the UK

If your idea of UK architecture comes from the silver screen, you could be forgiven for imagining the whole country is filled with chocolate-box thatched cottages, […]
18 March 2021

10 songs that bring back memories of my travels

They say your sense of smell is directly linked to memory, but I can’t be the only one who finds certain songs transport me to another […]
10 March 2021

10 books to bring springtime rushing in

Booklovers know the pleasure of reading is not all about curling up with a hot drink in front of a flickering fire. Those first days of […]
5 March 2021

Jim Haynes: The man who had the whole world in his address book

Around the year 2000, I was working as a gopher for a comedy and music club in Paris. Shows took place on the banks of Canal […]
25 February 2021

Around the World with Graham Greene

Escape. The word echoes around Graham Greene’s library. It’s there in the title of his 1980 autobiography, Ways of Escape. Nearly all his characters are in […]
5 February 2021
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The World’s Greatest Train Journeys: The Canadian

4466 kilometers. 4 days and 1 hour. Lakes, forests, plains, mountains. ‘The Canadian’ transcontinental from Toronto to Vancouver (and back if you like), across the world’s […]
28 January 2021

10 Books to Read Before You Visit Brussels

Synonymous with EU power, its centre carved up by the car lobby in the fifties and sixties, Brussels is a European conurbation associated, by many people, […]
21 January 2021

Six Must-Visit Destinations From Books

  Reading is a way of travelling – a way of expanding our own universe. As George R.R. Martin puts it: ‘A reader lives a thousand […]
14 January 2021

Amélie Nothomb: Belgium’s most eccentric writer?

To get to know Amélie Nothomb is to get know Belgium itself. The writer, like the country, is full of contradictions. Belgium is just a third […]
22 December 2020

A (Reluctant) Guide to Beckett’s Paris

On this day, 22 December, in 1989, in Paris, Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett died. It was five months since the death of Suzanne, his companion of […]
17 December 2020

Sgroppino, Snow Maidens or Dala Horses – how will you celebrate Christmas this year?

This Christmas things will be different, we know that. Many people will be unable to see loved ones they would usually spend time with. Or perhaps […]
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