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Meet Peadar O' Guilin!

Irish writer Peadar Ó Guilín is the author of the YA novel, The Call, inspired by the beautiful northwest of Ireland where he grew up.

In September 2007, Peadar published his first novel, The Inferior, which the Times Educational Supplement called "a stark, dark tale, written with great energy and confidence and some arresting reflections on human nature."  Foreign editors liked it too, and over the coming year it is to be translated into eight languages, including Japanese and Korean.

His fantasy and SF short stories have appeared in numerous venues, including Black Gate magazine and an anthology celebrating the best of the iconic Weird Tales.  He is currently working on a sequel to The Call.



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Meet The Call!

After so much danger, Nessa and Anto can finally dream of a happy life. But the terrible attack on their school has created a witch-hunt for traitors -- boys and girls who survived the Call only by making deals with the enemy. To the authorities, Nessa's guilt is obvious. Her punishment is to be sent back to the nightmare of the Grey Land for the rest of her life. The Sídhe are waiting, and they have a very special fate planned for her.

> Meanwhile, with the help of a real traitor, the enemy come pouring into Ireland at the head of a terrifying army. Every human they capture becomes a weapon. Anto and the last students of his old school must find a way to strike a blow at the invaders before they lose their lives, or even worse, their minds. But with every moment Anto is confronted with more evidence of Nessa's guilt.

> For Nessa, the thought of seeing Anto again is the only thing keeping her alive. But if she escapes, and if she can find him, surely he is duty-bound to kill her...



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~ A Playlist for The Call ~


I’ll be honest -- I can’t listen to music when I’m writing. I’m a lyrics guy, so when a song I love is playing, the words swirl around in my head, looking for emotional buttons to press. The feelings that spill out might wreck my attempts to evoke a completely different suite emotions in my readers.

The playlist that follows is just me trying to describe my book through the medium of music. Don’t be surprised that so many of the songs are wistful or bleak. You may know of better ones. In fact, I bet you do and I’d love to read about them in the comments or anywhere else.



Here is my playlist for The Call:

Stolen Child by The Waterboys. A Yeats poem put to music, describing a child stolen away by fairies. Seduced might be a better word. The Waterboys have a lot of songs that would suit this list, to be honest. I’m limiting them to one.

Underground by Tom Waits. Just listen to the words, my dears!

Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd. This is for anyone who ever lost somebody important to them.

Help I’m Alive by Metric. “If I stumble, they’re gonna eat me alive...” A wonderful song, deceptively simple lyrics.

Battleship Hill by PJ Harvey. Yes, it’s about the First World War. Maybe. But like the whole album from which it comes, it evokes the loss of an entire generation of youth.

Forgive Them Father by Lauren Hill. Betrayals and backstabbing. Killer lyrics.

The Parting Glass, by The Wailin’ Jennys. A survivor’s song, if ever there was one. Normally, I’d go for Liam Clancy’s version, but I specifically wanted women’s voices here.

Kolniður by Sigur Ros. I don’t speak a word of Icelandic, but you don’t need to. Listen to it. Glory in the atmosphere. Later, when you google a translation of the lyrics, you’ll see how appropriate they are to The Call.

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips. A courageous girl fights to save us all. This isn’t really Nessa, but still, the sense of Yoshimi’s loneliness as she struggles against tremendous odds suits all the teenagers in my story.

Coinleach Glas an Fhómhair by Clannad, because Nessa would want there to be a love poem in here somewhere and the singer should be from Donegal.

Safe Travels (Don’t Die) by Lisa Hannigan. Darkly humourous lyrics, but I figured there should be a song for the parents too. Also, I mention this artist’s name in The Invasion.

The Mercy Seat by Nick Cave. Is there anybody so full of dark exuberance as Nick Cave?

Fill, fill a rún by Anúna. “Come back, come back to me, my love”. Loss, yearning, atmosphere.

Whatever Gets You True by Paddy Casey. An Irish singer-songwriter. Woefully underrated. This is another one for the parents.

Zombie by the Cranberries. Yet more loss. Yet more sad parents. Will it never end?

Kiss by Scout Niblett. The sort of song that would suit Anto and Nessa... if they were 30 years older than they are.


The Call

By: Peadar O' Guilin

Publisher: Scholastic

Release Date: August 30th, 2016 





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