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Deirdre Quiery

Author. Artist. Story Teller.

 

Books

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“Deirdre Quiery's follow up to the critical success of Eden Burning, The Secret Wound draws the reader into a complex web of relationships within the ex-pat community in Mallorca, discovering their dangerous secrets...and a potential murderer in their midst. One of their number carries a dark and deadly secret from their past, and has murderous plans for a fellow ex-pat. Can any of the close- knit community discover the brutal plans before they are all put in mortal danger? Deirdre Quiery's gripping thriller is not just an addictive page turner, but provides a compelling exploration of human emotion and desires, and the terrible costs of jealousy and ambition. Perfect for fans of Jane Corry and Amanda Brooke.” Amazon 

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The Secret Wound Reviews *****

''I found the Secret Wound to be very well written and easy to read. Deirdre Quiery has a wonderful writing style which is very descriptive but not overwhelmingly so. In terms of the story I thought it was a good plot and she really managed to ratchet up the tension towards the end. The highlight of the book for me was the portrayal of Paddy and his struggle with dementia. The description of his daily life and the interaction with his son, Gurtha, was absolutely brilliant. An issue with very personal resonance for me.” (Alan McLauglin via Amazon.co.uk, 2017)
''The idea of “The Secret Wound” intrigued me from the outset, it’s a book that holds a multitude of secrets but also heavily features the theme of forgiveness and the idea of finding oneself.  Sounds like quite a lot in one book doesn’t it?  But somehow Deirdre Quiery pulls it off.'' (Matthew Smith, Urbane Publications via The Quiet Knitter, 2017)
''A wonderful psychological thriller which is refreshingly different'' (Jo via Amazon.co.uk, 2017)
''A Thought Provoking Novel - It's clear that Deirdre Quiery has a background in mindfulness from this novel, which makes it much more than just another murder mystery. It makes the reader question ones own being. Very descriptive I could picture clearly every character and place, and found myself wanting to go Mallorca and wander the mountain paths and find an inner peace. Brilliant storyline. I warmed to Gurtha and his 'friends'. Highly recommended.'' (Diane, 2017)
''Beautifully written, lyrical at times, and simply tells the story of what it is to love and to be loved'' (@mummyworgan via Twitter, 2017)
''5 Stars – Outstanding. Bravo.........The most beautifully written book......It made me laugh, cry and think and reflect......totally outstanding.'' 
''A subtle and sensitive thriller - I found the Secret Wound to be very well written and easy to read. Deirdre Quiery has a wonderful writing style which is very descriptive but not overwhelmingly so. In terms of the story I thought it was a good plot and she really managed to ratchet up the tension towards the end. The highlight of the book for me was the portrayal of Paddy and his struggle with dementia. The description of his daily life and the interaction with his son, Gurtha, was absolutely brilliant. An issue with very personal resonance for me.'' (Alan McLaughlin, 2017)
''Obssession - The Secret Wound by Deirdre Quiery is a contemporary novel that studies relationships and events that make us who we are. It opens in 2012 but quickly jumps to almost a year later and then the action continues over the next forty days. It includes flashbacks too. The plot was cleverly constructed with a jaw dropping end. The novel follows a group of friends who are loosely connected together as they holiday in Mallorca one summer. Every now and again the action returns to Belfast, the home of the lead character. There is the topic of dementia. The reader witnesses the rapid decline of a character - seeing the condition from the point of view of both the character and those witnessing it. There is also a growing obsession that began much earlier. An obsession that the reader sees brewing whilst the characters seem oblivious to it.

The characters seem to have a superficial outlook on life, being concerned with money, power and appearances. "Financial success and money in the bank were considered... as indicators of greatness." The main thing they wanted to know was "What do you do, how much are you worth and do you know anyone interesting?" This attitude contrasted sharply with those in Belfast who were far less worldly and had one eye on both others and eternity. Grief is a major theme throughout. "His body did not pump blood but liquid pain." Grief can be all consuming. It has no time limit. Life will never be the same again.
The Secret Wound was a compulsive read. It was cleverly constructed and held my interest. I could not predict where the novel was leading and literally gasped out loud at times. I shall be hunting out more by Deirdre Quiery. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.'' (Julia Wilson, 2017)

''A wonderful psychological thriller which is refreshingly different - The Secret Wound is a psychological thriller that for me explored family and the neanng of life. This was so much more than a murder mystery. This is a book that explores the inner workings of the mind and how our childhood effects who we are. This really is a deep thinking book. The novel is set in Belfast, and then Mallorca, during 2013. At the beginning we are introduced to Gurtha, who is visiting the home of his ageing parents, Nuala and Paddy. However what he is greeted with is his dead mother, at the bottom of the stairs. This is such a powerful opening to a novel and I was instantly hooked. Who had killed Nuala and why? We then follow Gurtha as he tries to find out who killed his beloved mother, and in doing so the plot takes on a sinister turn of events.

It is after his mother's funeral that Gurtha is persuaded to go on a 40 day sabbatical to Mallorca after his mother's death. A close family friend, Cormelia, lives out there and she makes all the necessary arrangements for him to have much needed time away from Belfast. This is the time for him to re evaluate life, to put his life into perspective. As I have already mentioned this is a very deep thinking book about the bigger picture, with a murder mystery at its very core. Gurtha is a motivational speaker, he runs art exhibitions, and is a lecturer on the subject of Conciousness Studies. The essence of his character, and the way in which he deals with his grief is reflected in the themes of the book. The book also has many wonderful life affirming quotes from J Rumi, a Persian poet from the 1200s. When I read the first quote, at the very beginning of the novel, about how a wound allows light to enter the body, I just knew that I was in for a completely different type of physiological thriller/murder mystery, and I was right. I also believe that these quotes are directed at Gurtha, at his time of grief. His relationship with his mother was extremely close, some may say cloying. This book, although a psychological murder mystery is also a book about grief and coming to terms with loss.

What the author does so wonderfully well is to beautifully evoke both Belfast, and then the ex-pat community who live in Soller, Mallorca. I have been to neither Belfast nor Mallorca, but I felt as if I was there and that I knew every nook and cranny of the spaces that these characters inhabited. There are many wonderful and colourful characters within the novel. Paddy I have to admit was my absolute favourite. I never truly got to grips with Cornelia, for me she was an enigma from the very beginning, and because of this she did intrigue me. I needed to know more about her life, her past, and I did learn these things as the novel progressed. The Secret Wound is a beautiful story and one which I find hard to box into a genre. It is beautifully written, lyrical at times, and simply tells the story of what it is to love and to be loved. It is a story about grief and of why people choose to commit murder. The Secret Wound hooked me in from the very beginning and I was so sad to read the final words. Highly recommended.''  (Jo, 2017)

All reviews can be found on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and Goodread. 100% 5* star rating on Amazon. 

The Secret Wound IS AVAILABLE NOW IN ALL GOOD BOOK STORES OR ON URBANE PUBLICATIONSAmazon.co.uk and AMAZON.COM 

 

Drawing inspiration from her own experience of the ‘Troubles in 1970s Belfast, Northern Ireland as well as her studies, nature, mystery, the Universe and our desire to understand our place within it as human beings, Deirdre Quiery invites you to explore the world of her first novel ‘Eden Burning’.

Rachel Connor, bestselling author of Sisterwives describes Eden Burning as “Catapulting us into 1970s Belfast in the heart of the Troubles, Eden Burning pulses with conflict and introduces us to a cast of characters we profoundly care about, even when they are warring with each other. Above all, though, it is a novel with a true spiritual and emotional heart.” 

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Eden Burning Synopsis

Northern Ireland, 1972. On the Crumlin Road, Belfast, the violent sectarian Troubles have forced Tom Martin to take drastic measures to protect his family. Across the divide William McManus pursues his own particular bloody code, murdering for a cause. Yet both men have underestimated the power of love and an individual’s belief in right and wrong, a belief that will shake the lives of both families with a greater impact than any bomb blast. This is a compelling, challenging story of conflict between and within families driven by religion, belief, loyalty and love. In a world deeply riven by division, a world of murders, bomb blasts and assassinations, how can any individual transcend the seemingly inevitable violence of their very existence?

Deirdre received first prize for Eden Burning in the Alexander Imich Competition – awarded for the ability to write about exceptional human experiences and awarded prizes two years running from the Birmingham Trophy competition.

Eden Burning Reviews *****

''I found this a truly compelling read. it highlighted the historic troubles in Northern Ireland over a number of years. Bad were bad, good were good on both sides of the feud; the author was not politically biased in her writing. At first I found the book a bit challenging where the dates kept going back and forth however this was all pulled together neatly (and somewhat surprisingly) at the end. An excellent debut novel well worth a read.'' (Paul Lambert, NetGallery Reviews, 2016)
“This is a riveting read. Real, raw and spiritual.” (Julia Henderson UK, Executive Coach)
''The author does brilliantly well to get inside the mindsets of people'' (Amazon.co.uk, 2015)
''Moving, Profound, Exquisitely Written'' (Amazon.co.uk, 2015)
''One of the few books I have ever read that made me want to read it again, immediately!'' (Amazon.co.uk, 2015)
''The Troubles in Belfast brought vividly to life'' (Amazon.co.uk, 2015)
''Excellent, touching and uplifting'' (Amazon.co.uk, 2015)
''A gripping read from cover to cover, I read it in a weekend'' (Amazon.com, 2015)
''A Thought Provoking and Engaging Read'' (Amazon, 2016)
''Gripping. Extraordinary. Haunting.'' (Goodreads, 2016) 
''I am very impressed by this debut novel by Deirdre Quiery. It is well crafted, with a cast of believable, if not always likeable characters.'' (Goodreads, 2016)
''This book humanizes the conflict …I was reminded that we all have regret, pain, a desire to love and to be loved. Her vivid descriptions held my attention and left me an understanding why it was so difficult to take a side.''
''“I was reminded of 1970, sitting in the U of I Field House where Bernadette Devlin addressed thousands of students pleading her case. It was always difficult to know what position to take. There was so much hate on each side. This book reminds us there are always those who are caught in the middle of any political or religious conflict. This book humanizes the conflict .I was taken in by the characters and the author's ability to weave their stories within the larger context of the "Troubles." The book is fiction but the battles that we wage for right or wrong today are not much different today. Her vivid descriptions held my attention and left me an understanding why it was so difficult to take a side. Within the best and worst of us, I was reminded that we all have regret, pain, a desire to love and and to be loved.''

All reviews can be found on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and Goodread. 100% 5* star rating on Amazon. 

EDEN BURNING IS AVAILABLE NOW IN ALL GOOD BOOK STORES OR ON URBANE PUBLICATIONSAmazon.co.uk and AMAZON.COM 

About Deirdre

Deirdre Quiery was born in Northern Ireland, 1957, growing up in Belfast during what are now known as ‘The Troubles’. As a child she developed a love for reading, starting with her first trip to Ligoniel library with her mother at seven years old. This love led her to pursue a Masters in Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology and enjoy reading from authors such as Ken Wilber J Krishnamurti, Alan Watts, Eric Fromm, and Laurence Freeman. Deirdre also sought teachings from Christian contemplative meditation and Buddhist Vipassana and Zen.

It was this long love affair with reading, her educational background and her own experience living through the ‘troubles’ which led her to writing. At first she kept journals of thoughts and ideas, drawing from existential and spiritual insights and pondering the big questions such as Who am I? Why am I here? What am I supposed to do with my life? Where am I going?

From these journals a talent emerged and she began writing her first novel ‘Eden Burning’. Set in the very ‘Troubles’ Deirdre grew up in, she draws inspiration from her own experience, studies, nature, mystery, the Universe and our desire to understand our place within it as human beings.

Rachel Connor, bestselling author of Sisterwives describes Eden Burning as “Catapulting us into 1970s Belfast in the heart of the Troubles, Eden Burning pulses with conflict and introduces us to a cast of characters we profoundly care about, even when they are warring with each other. Above all, though, it is a novel with a true spiritual and emotional heart.” 

Deirdre has also received awards for her writing most recently in the Alexander Imich Competition in the USA – awarded for the ability to write about exceptional human experiences and two years running from the Birmingham Trophy competition, as well as People´s Book Prize UK in Q4 of last year. 

Deirdre also enjoys expressing her artist flare through painting and studying with Argentinian artist, Carlos Gonzalez. Some of her work is shown in the photo slideshow below and will be placed on exhibit in London next year between September - December.  

Deirdre now lives on the beautiful island of Mallorca with her husband, Martin who she married in 1980 after meeting at University. She has just released her second novel ‘The Secret Wound’, which is now available in book stores, Urbane and on Amazon. She is also currently working on her third novel, titled 'The Painter'. Based in Mallorca, 'The Painter' is a psychological thriller which explores how genius – in this case in painting is subject to corruption when fame replaces natural talent and the denigration of what is pure can even lead to murder. You can find out more about 'The Painter' in the 'Future Works' section. 


FavoUrite AUTHORs

Ken Wilber J Krishnamurti, Alan Watts, Eric Fromm, and Laurence Freeman.

FAVOURITE HOBBY

Writing, Reading & Painting

BIRTH PLACE 

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Current Location

Mallorca, Spain

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Pictures

As a artist Deirdre enjoys all aspects of beauty, including the 'snip-its' of time that photography can often capture. Below are a collection of photos which do just that and offer Deirdre the chance to provide you with a window into her world.

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