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World Book and Copyright Day 2017

World Book and Copyright Day is an opportunity to highlight the power of books to promote a vision of knowledge societies that are inclusive, pluralistic, equitable, open and participatory for all citizens. This World Book and Copyright Day at...

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Posted by Aideen Delaney on 23rd April 2017

Introducing: Follow Me

In November of 2007 I took one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make as a leader. I was heading up the Danish battalion in Helmand Province in Afghanistan, and as battle group commander I...

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Posted by Aideen Delaney on 18th April 2017

Writing Farang

  In my mind, I became an author around 2007. I had written feature articles for many magazines prior to 2007, but there were many short stories relating to life in Thailand, my home since 1997. I wondered could...

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Posted by John on 17th April 2017

It’s time for a spring clean!

With this year’s annual spring clean underway at Maverick House, we have unearthed some gems that were released long before e-books and online shopping were the norm. Enter the likes of Paranormal Ireland and The Irish Ballerina. Along with...

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Posted by Aideen Delaney on 4th April 2017

L’enfant au Couer de Bambou: Uncharted territory for Maverick House

It is a story of universality, and a tale of triumph in the face of unspeakable adversity. Here at Maverick House we are very excited about the impending release of L’enfant au Coeur de Bambou. It is our much-anticipated and...

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Posted by John on 30th March 2017

Jadotville in Retrospect

What a year it has been for Siege at Jadotville. We have seen the momentum build to the point where Jadotville has grown legs taken on a life of its own. Having seen this project grow from its humble...

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Posted by John on 21st December 2016
Boorman Power War

War and Filmmaking: John Boorman, Declan Power and Sean Rocks in Conversation at DBF2016.

We sit on wooden benches on the Friday evening of Dublin Book Festival, the audience clustered together, waiting in anticipation for the discussion on war and filmmaking to begin. A restored old stone wall with beautiful arched windows towers...

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Posted by John on 15th November 2016

Interview with Chantal Jauvin

Chantal Jauvin takes time out from cycling in Sardinia and Sicily to discuss the publication in French of The Boy With A Bamboo Heart. We’ve to discuss the translation of the book but I’m curious to know how she...

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Posted by John on 25th October 2016

Kevin Kenerly to narrate audiobook of Kevin Shird’s ‘Lessons of Redemption’

Maverick House is proud to announce that the audiobook of Kevin Shird’s Lessons of Redemption is to be read by Kevin Kenerly, an American actor from Detroit.  Kenerly has worked on a number of diverse audiobooks in his career, including...

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Posted by John on 13th October 2016

The Torso in the Canal: Women on the Wrong Side of the Law

Eleven and a half years ago, a man was murdered in his Dublin city centre home. Some days later, remnants of Farah Swaleh Noor’s dismembered body were discovered in the Royal Canal.  The incident has been dubbed Ireland’s “most...

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Posted by John on 11th October 2016

Netflix’s The Siege of Jadotville: A Review

Richie Smyth’s The Siege of Jadotville premiered across Irish cinemas two weeks ago, on Monday September 19th, to a roaring success.  It’s a thoughtful, clever film made with the aim of shedding light on a “corner of history,” as...

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Posted by John on 6th October 2016
Holding Out For a Hero

Holding Out For A Hero

Lissa Oliver has taken to our blog again, this time addressing her writing process and how characters play an integral role in the creation of her stories. I did say that as an author I have little to blog...

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Posted by John on 26th September 2016

Photos from the Jadotville Veterans Ceremony, Saturday September 17th 2016

On Saturday September 17th, 55 years after the siege at Jadotville, the veterans from A Company were gathered for a ceremony to commemorate their services during their mission to the Congo. For the first time in Irish military history,...

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Posted by John on 21st September 2016
Live Q&A after 'Jadotville' Screening with [L-R] screenwriter Kevin Brodbin, actor Jamie Dornan, director Richie Smyth and producer Alan Moloney.

Post-Premiere Chats with Richie Smyth and Jamie Dornan on the Ryan Tubridy Show

In the wake of the long awaited premiere of The Siege of Jadotville this morning, director Richie Smyth and leading actor Jamie Dornan joined Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio 1 to discuss last night’s occasion. Smyth and Dornan give...

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Posted by John on 20th September 2016
Jadotville Premiere

Photos from the Premiere of ‘The Siege of Jadotville’

Our team at Maverick House were some of the few individuals lucky enough to attend the Irish premiere of Netflix’s The Siege of Jadotville in Dublin’s Savoy cinema last night.  The film is a close adaptation of Declan Power’s account...

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Posted by John on 20th September 2016
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‘Jadotville’ on the Air

If you have a spare moment this afternoon, why not get some background history on the events of Siege at Jadotville?  Declan Power’s captivating account of Irish soldiers’ bravery in Katanga, the Congo, in 1961 has brought long-awaited honour...

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Posted by John on 19th September 2016
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The 55th Anniversary of the Siege at Jadotville

In 1961, Irish forces were dispatched to the Congo as part of a peacekeeping mission from the UN. A Company, part of the 35th battalion, was stationed at Jadotville. On September 13, in the middle of a morning Mass, they were...

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Posted by John on 13th September 2016
Dominic Marchant Blog

Dominic Marchant’s Blog (Prelude to Sainte Bastien)

As I delegate my blog duties to the characters in my latest novel, Sainte Bastien, this week it may have been easier to write it myself! The main antagonist, apprentice jockey Dominic, proves typically tight-lipped: Dominic’s blog I’ve been...

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Posted by John on 7th September 2016

Kym Hughes’ Blog (Prelude to Sainte Bastien)

As an author, I have very little to blog about, so I have asked the characters of my latest novel, Sainte Bastien, to write blogs instead! Let’s hear from Sainte Bastien’s new retained stable jockey, Kym Hughes: Kym Hughes’...

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Posted by John on 30th August 2016
Kevin Shird The Life of an Ex-Offender

Kevin Shird on the Life of an Ex Offender

For a guy getting out of prison finding a job can be difficult, if not impossible for many.  Baltimore has an estimated 6,000 men and women returning to the city every year after serving time in jails and prisons...

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Posted by John on 23rd August 2016
Mark Ashton's Blog (written by Lissa Oliver)

Mark Ashton’s Blog (Prelude to Sainte Bastien)

My publisher, among others, requested a blog, but as I do very little of interest other than create stories and characters, I thought those characters were in a better position to write an interesting blog! So my first port...

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Posted by John on 18th August 2016

Our best books to read whilst visiting Thailand

Thailand is also the inspiration for excellent books that have become essential reads for thousands of travellers and backpackers. Here are our top five recommended books for those of you about to visit Thailand and its neighbouring countries.

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Posted by John on 16th August 2016
Kevin Shird

Money Laundering 101 with Kevin Shird

Money laundering 101 is a rule that you never, under any circumstance, put large amounts of money into a US bank account.  Maybe a few thousand dollars here or there but you never put large sums in a US...

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Posted by John on 4th August 2016

TIME, Radio Waves and TV Appearances: Maverick Authors Out in the Wild

Maverick Authors are a dynamic bunch; this week two journalist and a social equality advocate took to the media, taking over traditional media like there was no tomorrow. Between them, Lissa Oliver, Kevin Shird, and Declan Power appeared on...

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Posted by John on 29th July 2016
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Kevin Shird has been rocking the media!

This week, Kevin Shird has been visiting Ireland the UK. He travelled in on Monday morning, braving the blistering Irish sunshine for an early morning interview with RTE’s own Sean O’Rourke, before a brief respite for his afternoon’s affairs....

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Posted by John on 21st July 2016

Reviews from the Premiere of Jadotville

Jadotville premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh this weekend, ahead of its Netflix release later this year. Based on the book by Declan Power, and starring ’50 Shades’ actor Jamie Dornan, the film tells the story of the 1961...

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Posted by John on 12th July 2016

Images from the new Netflix movie Jadotville staring Jamie Dornan

     

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Posted by John on 3rd July 2016
Chavoret Jaruboon

The opening pages of The Last Executioner by Chavoret Jaruboon

23 November 1984. There were three that day; I shot two. The day before, I had celebrated my 36th birthday, but that day I had to prepare myself to kill a man for the first time. Ten years of experience had...

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Posted by John on 2nd May 2016

Rough Justice: Memoirs of a Gangster by Maurice Ward

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Posted by John on 7th March 2016

The Suspect. For those who like reading books on murder.

WITH THE SOUND of her heart pounding loudly in her ears, Rose Callaly drove as quickly as she could in the direction of her daughter’s home. Gripping the steering wheel tightly, she did her best to calm herself down...

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Posted by John on 15th February 2016

Extracted from Lessons of Redemption by Kevin Shird

It was a freezing cold February night. My breath froze to a mist as soon as I exhaled. Exposed fingertips would become numb within minutes due to the brutal night air. Even the stray dogs that roamed the alleyways...

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Posted by John on 26th December 2015

Obit of Zoltan Zinn Collis, the author of Final Witness, whose anniversary falls today.

Today marks the anniversary of the death of Zoltan Zinn Collis, the author of Final Witness. The book tells the story of Zoltan’s survival at the hands of the Nazi. In Bergen-Belsen concentration camp he survived the inhuman brutality of...

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Posted by John on 10th December 2015

Glowing Reviews of The Boy With A Bamboo Heart on Amazon.com

By Phuong Nguyen on November 11, 2015 Verified Purchase The most remarkable thing about the book is the steady flow of insightful word choice revealing a depth of sensitivity, skill and dedication that Chantal Jauvin adopted in writing the...

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Posted by John on 16th November 2015

Thai Prisons by Billy Moore

Thai prison, like all prisons, reveals the dark side of a person’s soul. It is how people behave when there are no constraints and outside limits are non-existent. All the fury of the Thai people against the neo-colonial economic...

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Posted by John on 15th November 2015

Finding the voice: The Boy With A Bamboo Heart

“Your story is solid, but it needs to be written in the first person.” We had not even started the four-day writing retreat in Hua Hin Thailand, and already the workshop leader had determined that the two years I...

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Posted by John on 29th October 2015

#Buchmesse2015

One of the most important things we did at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair was to streamline our rights representation. Anyone who keeps tabs on Maverick House will know that we have been arranging significant deals on behalf of...

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Posted by John on 17th October 2015

The Thailand Life blog has reviewed The Boy With a Bamboo Heart

This review has appeared on www.thethailandlife.com, an influential blog that publishers articles and views on just about everything about Thailand. It has been a while since I read a really good “life-story” book from a Thai author. In fact,...

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Posted by John on 11th October 2015

Chapter One of The Boy With A Bamboo Heart

Ban Sawai Jeek, 1941 MY MOTHER slipped away in the middle of the night without saying good-bye. Life trickled out of her over a period of three days and then she was gone. It was an illness that even...

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Posted by John on 27th September 2015

The Boy With A Bamboo Heart

Chantal Jauvin on writing the Boy With A Bamboo Heart; the story of Dr Amporn Wathanavongs, the foster father to 50,000 poor Thai children. YOK TUGS at my hand. She wants me to walk faster. I speak no Thai,...

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Posted by John on 21st September 2015

The Circle of Life: Dr Amporn, Circa 1963, The Angel Center, Bangkok, Thailand

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Posted by John on 17th September 2015

Doing Time by Kevin Shird

If you’ve ever been incarcerated you will know that nothing seems to go as you originally planned. You thought you knew where you’d do your time, but that gets switched up on you. Your lawyers told you they’d stay on...

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Posted by John on 7th September 2015

BOOKTUBERS

Traditional media organisations usually hire people with specialist expertise to review books in their chosen fields of expertise. Security experts review books on crime and terrorism. Historians write lengthy reviews on new books about history. And so on. There...

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Posted by John on 16th August 2015

Reader Reviews of A Prayer Before Dawn Posted Amazon

We have always believed that customer reviews posted on Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter and personal blogs are what really matters. When someone takes the time to write a review, especially a good one, it means a lot to both...

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Posted by John on 9th August 2015

Introducing Dr Amporn: The Boy With A Bamboo Heart

This is a feature length article published in August 2005 by UCA News on Dr Amporn Wathanavongs, whose autobiography will be published by Maverick House in October. The book is written by Chantal Jauvin, whose writing has captured the essence of the...

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Posted by John on 6th August 2015

What we want? How to submit books to Maverick House?

We love good books. Maverick House exists to publish them. We appreciate and respect all the time and effort that authors invest in their writing. Writing is blood, sweat and tears. It is unlike anything else. Real writing isn’t a pleasure; it’s a grind. Writing non-fiction,...

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Posted by John on 4th August 2015
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Reader reviews of Miss Bangkok as posted on Amazon.com

No one matters as much as the reader. Public endorsement and word of mouth is all that matters. Reviews in newspapers and on radio are irrelevant. Public opinion is what matters to us. Here are a selection of reviews...

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Posted by John on 3rd August 2015

Welcome to Hell: Colin Martin’s enduring story of serving time in a Thai Prison

The journalist Tony Barrett published this story on Colin Martin in the Liverpool Echo in 2006 when his book Welcome to Hell was released in the UK. Welcome to Hell went on to become a bestseller in Ireland, Britain and...

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Posted by John on 30th July 2015
The Cup by Philip Reid

The Cup – The Introduction

IT IS ONLY VERY OCCASIONALLY that those of us on the outside of professional sport get a true insight into that elite world. I have always liked Ernie Els and, a few years ago, I could have hugged him...

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Posted by John on 29th July 2015
Chavoret Jaruboon

The Last Executioner

This article about Chavoret Jaruboon by Richard S. Ehrlich appeared in The Washington Times in June, 2007.  He shot 55 men and women in the back, killing them with a burst of bullets aimed at the heart, while each was...

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Posted by John on 27th July 2015

Heroes of Jadotville recognised by Ireland

In honour of the Officers, NCOs and men of ‘A’ Company 35 Infantry Battalion United Nations Force in Congo (ONUC) who had the misfortune to suffer so much at Jadotville in the province of Katanga in September 1961. ‘A’...

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Posted by John on 23rd July 2015
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Conversation is alive in France

It started in Brussels, but it was not until a few days into cycling in Normandy that it dawned on me. I was relaxing and experiencing an unnatural sense of lightness in the busy cafés. I leafed through the...

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Posted by John on 29th June 2015

The opening pages of Declan Power’s book on Jadotville

“Those that I fight I do not hate, Those that I guard I do not love” William Butler Yeats, An Irish Airman Foresees His Death   The cry went up, “Le majeur irlandais!” and the crowd surged forward, straining to grasp...

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Posted by John on 27th June 2015
Sainte Bastien by Lissa Oliver

Author Lissa Oliver is writing another novel

I’ve heard it said that an author should write the book that’s missing from their bookshelf. While it’s sound advice, I couldn’t imagine doing otherwise. In my day job as a horseracing journalist I only write the features that...

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Posted by John on 17th June 2015
Siege at Jadotville by Declan Power

Declan Power writes on Jadotville

The news that at last a film will be made about the stand taken by Irish troops at Jadotville while serving with the UN force in the Congo has been welcomed across the board by the Irish defence family....

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Posted by John on 17th June 2015
Gangster by John Mooney

Gangster: The inside story on John Gilligan

John Gilligan was never one to mince his words. When I met him many years ago, he couldn’t help but brag about how much money he had amassed from drug dealing, hijackings and contraband smuggling. He was organised crime...

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Posted by John on 17th June 2015
A Prayer Before Dawn by Billy Moore

Prison Nightmare in Thailand

‘The first time I walked into my cell was like heading into the lion’s den. The room was big, but not big enough for the 70 people it held. The cell floor resembled a mass grave, with arms and legs...

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Posted by John on 17th June 2015
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Yes for Equality! Ireland votes

The historic landslide victory of the Yes vote (62-38) in the 22 May 2015 Irish referendum on same-sex marriage caught everyone by surprise, even the Irish themselves. The Archbishop of Dublin in the predominantly Catholic country has called for...

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Posted by John on 10th June 2015