The Secret Lives Of Roses

Their stories converge in a modern Ireland, where 'women's problems' are still handled badly by society, in spite of the country's more liberal political landscape.
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Book Description:

Una is a vibrant, outspoken commercial radio DJ who discovers she has cervical cancer. Pauline is her cousin, a mother of five kids under 12 and finds herself pregnant with number six. Claire was Pauline’s childhood friend. She now works as a nurse in a family planning clinic, dealing with IVF and more recently, abortion services. She has hit the menopause. Their stories converge in a modern Ireland, where ‘women’s problems’ are still handled badly by society, in spite of the country’s more liberal political landscape.

'Madeline has given each of her three heroines a distinct, gutsy, raw, real voice tinged with a wonderful sense of humour as they explore their dilemmas with sometimes very amusing slants and language.'

-- Maria Nolan, Slaney News

About the Author ▸ Madeline Breen

Madeline Breen has a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies and English from University College Cork. For many years she has been writing her own plays and stories but only recently revived her love of writing. Since then, she has been shortlisted for the 2018 WexWorlds Short Story Competition and longlisted for the Colm Tóbín Short Story Award 2019. She has had another short story titled ‘A Dramatic Introduction’ published in Ireland’s Own Anthology 2019. She lives in Enniscorthy in County Wexford, Ireland.