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Maybelle Wallis

Location: Wexford, Ireland
Facilitates workshops.
Speaks at events.
Speaks to writer groups.
Speaks to book clubs.


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.



Birmingham 1840: Jane Verity’s elopement to a theatrical life has left her in the workhouse. When Coroner William Doughty employs her as his servant she learns the dark secrets of his inquests and his marriage. Although he loves her, will he act, when it may destroy his world?

Praise for Heart of Cruelty:

‘Dark and compelling…The underbelly of Victorian life.’ – Amazon reviewer
‘Set in the past but with themes that are relevant to today – love and the abuse of power.’ – Amazon reviewer
‘As relevant as ever in a world where people still live with the powerlessness of poverty and women are crushed by patriarchal attitudes’ Amazon reviewer
‘…thoroughly researched and vividly written through all the senses, convincingly evoking externally all the sounds, squalor and smells of a Victorian industrial city, and internally the feel and weight of clothing and the shabbiness of unloved rooms. The dénouement satisfies, and the ending is unexpectedly unconventional.’ Katherine Mezzacappa – Historical Novel Society.


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)

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