Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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nanmusgrove@hotmail.com writes from United Kingdom
Dear Cora,

thank you for your prompt reply and advice which I will definitely follow. And thank you for the pleasure that your stories are giving me. You surely have a great talent.

All best wishes. Nan.

Thu Nov 16 14:00:45 2017

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Something that I meant to say, Nan, was that the stories are 'stand-alone' and there is no real reason why you can't enjoy books further along in the series. Also, while they are available, it might be a good idea to get hold of them. Severn House has recently been sold to Canongate and I don't think that there will be any pressure to do a reprint edition of them.

Sun Nov 12 11:16:12 2017

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Nan,
I'll try to find out tomorrow, but it looks to me as if those books are out-of-print. Yes, I agree. What ridiculous prices!

If that is the case, I wonder whether your library would order you a copy on an inter-library loan basis. When I lived in England, libraries would do that sort of thing, but I'm not sure whether they do it nowadays.

The only other solution that occurs to me would be to read it online. Even if you don't have a Kindle, one can now download from Amazon a Kindle version and read it on a laptop, tablet, or even phone.

I do hope that you manage to get hold of it/them. 'Writ in Stone' is one of my favourites in the Burren series

Sun Nov 12 08:59:18 2017

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Heather, for taking the trouble to write such a lovely message.

I wonder whether you have tried my other series, 'The Reverend Mother Books'. Different place and different time, but you may like the books also.

Sun Nov 12 08:52:42 2017

 
Nan Musgrove writes from United Kingdom
Dear Cora, I've only just encountered your Burren mystery series and am enjoying them. I've begun to buy as them as paperbacks from Amazon or Abe but I'm stuck on Writ in Stone (4th) and Scales of Retribution (6th) which only seem to be available at really high prices which I can't afford. Are these two titles very rare for some reason ? I'd be grateful if you could shine some light on the problem or even suggest where I may be able to obtain them. They aren't available at Severn House or in my local library !! Yours sincerely. Nan.

Sat Nov 11 22:40:50 2017

 
Heather writes from USA
I am so sorry to hear the final decision on Mara. I have thoroughly loved the entire series! Thank you so much for your hard work and amazing stories. I will continue to recommend them and cherish them.

Sun Nov 5 01:36:21 2017

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Very sadly, Ann, my publisher has decided to discontinue Mara, Brehon of the Burren books. They no longer sell as well as they used to do so the decision is understandable, though sad as I live writing them.

In the matter of pronouncing the Gaelic names, I wonder whether you might think of getting hold of the audio version of the first book, MY LADY JUDGE. The reader does a wonderful job and had the help of a Gaelic scholar in getting the correct pronunciation of the names of people and places.

So love the idea of you and your brother discussing the books. My daughter and I do this and it doubles my enjoyment.

Thank you for telling me.

Sat Oct 21 13:45:53 2017

 
Ann English writes from United Kingdom
Love your books and recently found out that my younger brother also reads them. We enjoyed talking together about the books and both thought it would be great to have a list of names and how to pronounce them so that we don't waste time trying to work them out.

Sat Oct 21 12:28:38 2017

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
It's very kind of you to think of me, Emma, but I'm afraid I must say no.

I've never reviewed books, not something that I care to do or that I feel I could do well.

I do wish you the very best of luck and hope that you will be successful.in your venture.

Thu Oct 19 21:56:35 2017

 
Emma Cyrus writes from United States
Hi Cora,

Do you ever review other authors' books pre-publication? I'm getting ready to publish a mystery novel in the same genre as your Reverend Mother series, and I'd really love to have you take a look at it. I'm intending to publish on November 28 but could adjust that date to suit your schedule. If you give me your agent's address, I could send you a sample through them. Thanks for considering.

Wed Oct 18 20:24:03 2017

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
It is beautiful, isn't it? I was born in Cork city, spent much of my adult life in southern England, but I love County Clare and the Burren so very much that it is my spiritual as well as present home. Best in the winter, perhaps, when one can have it to oneself, but stunningly beautiful in all seasons and times of day.

Mon Sep 18 18:12:08 2017

 
Dennis Davis
Ms Harrison,

Just encountered your writing last evening - so far, delightful. Mom was born in Clare, and came to the western US in 1920. On my rare visits I spend most of my time in northern Clare where I've a few cousins. To read about the Burren in your novel brings back lovely memories.

Thank you, Dennis - Tucson

Mon Sep 18 17:53:01 2017

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Many thanks for that, Ann. Glad you enjoyed the book, nevertheless.

Mon Sep 18 09:04:36 2017

 
Ann Boulanger writes from USA
Dear Ms. Harrison
I love your books on the Burren and also the Reverend Mother Mysteries. I am reading the book, BEYOND RESOLUTION, love the story but on p.122 I think there is a mistake in names while Eileen is in the closet, James O'Reilly is in the room taking drugs but in the second full paragraph it says Peter Doyle is a drug taker. Should have your publisher Severn House check for later editions.
Looking forward to rest of this book and future books.

Sun Sep 17 23:37:32 2017

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Brenda,
How lovely to hear from you again. Do you know, it was only the other day that I picked up those beautifully warm mittens from Canada and thought that it will soon be time to wear them again. They bring back that very pleasant day when I met you and your friends in Ballyvaughan.

I'm delighted that you like my two latest books, 'Beyond Absolution' and 'Cardinal's Court'. I hugely enjoyed all the research for the latter but I suppose the Reverend Mother books have my heart, more as they bring back recollections of childhood and the stories from my parents who both lived through those turbulent days in the Cork of the 1920s.

Sat Sep 2 15:47:59 2017

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm so very sorry, Laura, that I haven't answered you before now. The problem is that most of the places I know of in Connemara and that I would find inspiring would be impossible to reach by public transport.

I would suggest that you read Tim Robinson's book about Connemara - his work on the Aran Islands was immensely inspiring. You might just find inspiration there. Also, I would recommend his large scale map, which I think you will find on Aran. I possess his large scale map of the Burren and I find that brooding over it and finding something unusual like the ruins of an ancient flax mill, half way up a mountain, is enough to trigger a whole story in my mind.
I'm sorry that I can not be of more help.

Sat Sep 2 15:42:52 2017

 
Brenda writes from Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Greetings from Canada
Cora, I hope this message finds you well. I am heading back to Ireland next week and once again will enjoy memories of meeting you over tea in Ballyvaughn four years ago. My friend Eileen and I are enjoying "Cardinal's Court" and " Beyond Absolution". You will never know the hours of pleasure you have given, through our reading and discussions that have followed. Many thanks.
Brenda

Sat Sep 2 12:59:03 2017

 
Laura Lee Yates writes from U.S.
Greetings from Colorado, where I'm both a writer of historical fiction and a librarian. I take great pleasure in recommending your Burren books to patrons, knowing they are in for a treat.
Now I have the great good fortune (a benefactor) to travel to Ireland and elsewhere, also, to research my next book, set partly in Connemara. I would be so grateful if you have the time and could recommend places of historical interest/experiences that would help me imagine the 1580s. Between September 12 and September 24th I'll be traveling by bus to AirB&Bs in Galway City, Clifden, Oughterard, Westport, Kinvarra, Knocknacarra, and Ennis before flying out of Shannon on the 25th (to Granada!) sounds rather exhausting writing it down, but I need to see and learn as much as possible.
I've felt shy about contacting you, but decided I'd go ahead. Any ideas about places to see/museums--really just about anything, will be most appreciated.
Publishers really are so shortsighted-- but I'm glad there is another book I haven't read yet. Your novels are well-loved here in our little Rocky Mountain town. With much gratitude-- Laura Lee Yates, author of "Bound for the Western Sea: The Canine Account of the Lewis & Clark Expedition."

Sat Aug 19 23:45:16 2017

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Well, that made feel good! Just the sort of message that would boost any author's self-confidence. Thank you for going to the trouble of writing.

Thu Aug 17 18:01:59 2017

 
Rosalie Maggio writes from USA
You, your wicked-good writing, and your research are fabulous! I envy anyone reading you for the first time.

Thu Aug 17 17:22:14 2017

 
Sophie Frederickson writes from USA
I look forward to your discoveries!

Tue Aug 15 16:42:34 2017

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
What a very interesting message.

I have often been intrigued by the realisation that medicine in Ireland, with its women doctors, took a different course to that of medicine as practised in England. The use of herbal remedies was of the utmost importance in Ireland and very little use of Greek-influenced ideas of 'humours' etc. found favour. Herbal remedies were the basis for cure sin medicines here.

I'm not sure if there were any native sources of copper, here on the Burren, but there certainly were copper mines in Kerry, also in the south-west of Ireland. I must explore some of your ideas!

Sun Aug 13 20:39:46 2017

 
Sophe Frederickson writes from USA
How pleased I was to read about many of my herbal friends in your book, Scales of Retribution. I'm an herbalist, and it was a pleasant surprise to find an author who knows about the magic of herbs. Yes, comfrey can be the culprit when people don't know how to use it. I broke my shoulder a few years ago, and used comfrey oil morning and night. In a short time the comfrey mended the bones in my shoulder. Plantain is another friend of mine. Stings from bees, wasps and spiders are no match for plantain who draws out the toxin and calms the wound. Were herbal waters made in Ireland using copper stills? I've just started the art, and now understand why it was so popular in the Middle Ages (and before). The herbal waters (hydrosols) keep for a year.

Sun Aug 13 19:25:55 2017

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
What a wonderful compliment, Rosemary! I, too, have some special books which I value for their soothing effect when my mind is tired and I am immensely delighted to know that my books rank amongst these for you

Wed Aug 9 11:09:07 2017

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Marlene,

Thank you for the warmth of your appreciation. I value your words very much. I too would like to do another book, or even two. There is a historical record of Domhnall O'Davoren being in charge of the law school and some wonderfully funny remarks, scribbled in the margins of the Brehon law books, by his students, including in a very dashing hand, the word, 'felicitations!' And signed by the female name of 'Sile'. What a book that would make.

Wed Aug 9 11:00:52 2017

 
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