Australian artist Rosemary McLoughlin moved to Ireland in her twenties. As she approaches the age of 70, she has just published her debut novel Tyringham Park, which has been compared to Downton Abbey and went straight into the bestseller list.
Tyringham Park is the Blackshaws’ magnificent country house in the south of Ireland. It is a haven of wealth and privilege until its peace is shattered by a devastating event which reveals the chaos of jealousy and deceit beneath its surface.
Charlotte Blackshaw is only eight years old when her little sister Victoria goes missing from the estate. Charlotte is left to struggle with her loss without any support from her hostile mother and menacing nanny. It is obvious to Charlotte that both of them wish she had been the one to go missing rather than pretty little Victoria.
Charlotte finds comfort in the kindness of servants. With their help she seeks an escape from the burden of being the unattractive one left behind.
Despite her mother’s opposition, she later reaches out for happiness and believes the past can no longer hurt her.
But the mystery of Victoria’s disappearance continues to cast a long shadow over Tyringham Park – a mystery that may still have the power to destroy its world and the world of all those connected to it.
Hitting number 5 on the paperback fiction Top Ten Bestseller List, Tyringham Park has sold almost 10,000 copies in trade paperback, spending 12 weeks in the Irish top 10, and the news for Rosemary is even better with the announcement that UK, US and German rights for Tyringham Park have just been sold. The success doesn’t end there – Tyringham Park has been shortlisted for two Irish Book Awards: IES Best irish Published Book of the Year and the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year.
Watch this space!