Once Upon a Time in the North West

Once Upon a Time in the North West


Garbhan Downey

The death of a well-connected Irish newspaper publisher triggers a clandestine hunt to recover his memoirs. The Americans, concerned that Seán Madden’s private record of the past century will jar with the official account, need to get their hands on it before the British and Irish. But Madden’s hard-nosed granddaughter, heir to the North West Chronicle, has her own interests to protect as well.

This pulsating page-turner takes the reader on an epic journey of war and peace, love and loss, politics and criminality right across the twentieth century. Every secret has its season, and all Seán Madden’s – and all of Derry’s – are in danger of being laid bare.

Praise for Garbhan Downey’s work

A master stylist … Dammit, you can almost taste the steam off the pages. Modern Woman

Irresistibly funny. Irish News

Acidic, humorous – he is an expert at the narrative rabbit punch. The Irish Mail on Sunday

Fast-paced, outlandish and funny. Sunday Business Post

A superb blend of comedy, political dirty tricks, grisly murder and bizarre twists! Sunday World

Three words – brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! County Times

It shocks you one minute, has you laughing out loud the next and ultimately is impossible to put down. Ulster Tatler

Expect a literary smack in the mouth. Derry News

A rollicking yarn. Read it before Downey goes galloping off in another direction. The Novel of the Year. Eamonn McCann, Derry Journal


Weight 0.450 kg
Dimensions 15 × 23 × 2.4 cm
Book Author

Garbhan Downey

Date Published

Nov 2015


978 1 911053 04 0






Guildhall Press