Maybelle is a graduate of St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College in London and also studied Creative Writing with the Open University, Writers Workshop, and Curtis Brown. She loves her adopted country, Ireland, with its turbulent history and its natural beauty. Her favourite county is, of course, Wexford, home to a thriving creative community.
Her debut novel, HEART OF CRUELTY, won the MEET THE PUBLISHER competition at the 2020 Wexford Literary Festival and was published by Poolbeg. Its sequel THE PIANO PLAYER was released in August 2022.
Dublin 1849: Jane is a pianist in a touring theatre company, William a physician in hospitals overwhelmed by fever and famine. They are long parted; she has married a leading actor. Will they help each other, in a city of pomp and poverty, of cholera and crime, of medicine and murder?
Praise for ‘The Piano Player’:
‘Expertly researched, compellingly narrated – a terrific read’ – Patricia O’Reilly (The First Rose of Tralee, Orpen at War)
‘A rich tapestry of a novel…deception, past love, hard choices, amidst the cruelty of the times.’ – Jo Schaffel (Somewhere Besides Denver)
‘An entrancing and gripping story, beautifully told…a great historical thriller.’ – Susan Lanigan (White Feathers, Lucia’s War, Unfortunate Stars)
‘Deliciously terrifying!’ – Annette Libeskind Berkovits (The Corset Maker)
‘Evocative and immersive…bringing the horror of the Famine alive.’ – LM West (This Fearful Thing, The Unnamed)