Launch of paperback edition of Williamstown’s author’s book

Williamstown author John Rodgers is in London for the publication of his memoir ‘For the love of my mother’. The paperback edition of the book is due out on the 29 th of November to cater for the Christmas market.    The book, set in County Galway and the U.K., tells the story of a child who was picked up off the streets at two and a half years of age and charged with begging. As a result she is locked up in various institutions for the next thirty years: and at twenty has her only son forcibly removed from her breast. But Bridie is a fighter and is determined to win back her son at all costs.    In the words of the Irish Independent book review and the Northampton Chronicle and Echo, it is, ‘the story of the triumph of love over adversity.’   Published by Headline Review, the book was snapped up at auction last Spring after no less than twelve publishers went after it at the London Book fair. The book, which was first self-published in Ireland in 2006, was such a success it, was reprinted three times in as many months.    The German translation is due out in Spring 2008 with more translations due to follow. John is a playwright, and a former columnist with the Irish World newspaper. He has now been chosen to play a part in a new Irish film, ‘Intersection Number Nine’ being shot in Ireland in late November.   Earlier this year his new three act comedy play, ‘Hospital Cases,’ had its premier in Williamstown where it played to packed houses every night. He  hopes to bring this play to London in the near future.   John will be signing copies of his book in Eason’s in Roscommon, Galway, Athlone and Dublin in the run-up to Christmas and now would be an ideal time to order your signed copy, he says.   John Rodgers previously worked on construction sites all over the U.K. and Australia before turning his hand to writing. He is married and lives with his wife in Williamstown, County Galway.