The Garfield Conspiracy

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  • "All historical novelists wish to bring their research to life – but not quite in the way middle-aged author Richard Todd envisaged in this intriguing morality tale." ––William Shaw, author of the DI Alex Cupidi series
  • "Irish fiction as we've rarely seen it" –– Darragh McManus, Irish Independent, on Number Games

Meet The Author

Owen Dwyer’s latest novel, The Garfield Conspiracy, will be published on 7 September. His previous novel, Number Games, was described by the Irish Independent as “Irish fiction as we’ve rarely seen it”. Among other awards, Owen has won the Hennessy Emerging Fiction Prize, the Silver Quill (twice) and the Biscuit Fiction Prize, and has had stories published in Whispers and Shouts magazine. He is also the author of The Agitator and The Cherrypicker. Owen has a degreee in European Humanities. He lives in Dublin with his wife and their three children.

 

Richard Todd, an award-winning writer, is outwardly successful but inwardly plagued by uncertainties. Worst of all, he can’t seem to write any more. When a bright young editor, Jenny Lambe, arrives on his doorstep to work with him on his latest book, about the assassination of US president James Garfield, his life is sent spinning off in a new direction.

President Garfield was killed by Charles Guiteau, who was tried and hanged for the murder. But was he acting along, or was there a more sinister force at work? Richard hears Guiteau’s voice in his head, and as his relationship with Jenny deepens, he is visited by other characters in the drama. Are they helping Richard solve the mystery surrounding Garfield’s murder – or pushing him further towards the edge?

A remarkable, disturbing portrait of a middle-aged man torn between his carefully constructed life and new adventures which may beckon, in the present and the past, from one of Ireland’s most exciting emerging authors.

Owen Dwyer is a prize-winning short-story writer who has won the Hennessy Emerging Fiction Prize, the Silver Quill (twice), the Smiling Politely Very Very Short Story competition, the South Tipperary County Council Short Story competition and the Biscuit Fiction Prize, and has had stories published in Whispers and Shouts magazine. His previous novel, Number Games, was published to glowing reviews by Liberties Press in 2019, and follws The Cherry-picker (2012) and The Agitator (2004). Owen lives in Dublin with his wife and their three children.