Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I suppose that the Burren has two sources of moisture in these heatwave days, Joe. There is a heavy sea mist every night and early morning - once the air cools - and then the limestone passages and caves which travel for miles under the surface (have you read 'A Fatal Inheritance '?) hold the winter rains - and this winter it rained nine days out of ten - and now we are all yearning for the rain to come back!

And you make me nostalgic for my Burren books. I so enjoyed writing these. The Reverend Mother books are grimmer, harder and sadder, although they give me satisfaction and awake the memories of the stories my parents told me of their youth in the troubled city of Cork.

Wed Jul 11 07:13:18 2018

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
Hi Cora,

Is it that the sea air brings nourishing moisture to the hilly pastures of the Upper Cantred - while lower Ireland withers in the rain shadow.. and fears the mega-drought?


Tue Jul 10 23:47:40 2018

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Lovely, sunny weather here. Makes such a change from the rain!

Mon Jun 25 02:18:34 2018

Scott writes from USA - California
Hello again Cora,
Thank you for your response- I am glad you are on the Burren road to recovery! It has been a while since I have participated in the Guestbook and just started the Verdict of the Court. I asked before reading as the image reminded me of so many great visits and now see Cormac referencing Bunratt!
I visualize so much when reading this series and I hope to stir that interest with some children of the family (get them away from the e-stuff a bit!). Maybe if I add some personal insights that will trigger curiosity. We'll see!
It's sunny here, I hope the same there!
All the best,

Sat Jun 23 16:09:05 2018

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Debbie. I'm so pleased that you like My Lady Judge. And if you go on liking it there are another thirteen books for you to read!

Fri Jun 22 20:51:54 2018

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Sorry. Scott, I should have replied earlier. Everything seemed to go wrong this spring, but now everything us back to normal and I am feeling very much better, thank you.

And yes, of course, you are right. It is Bunratty. It was the property of Turlough Donn O'Brien, who was a real, historical personage - although I did invent Mara, Brehon if the Burren.

Fri Jun 22 20:47:49 2018

Debbie Clarke writes from Canada
I just recently discovered your Lady Judge books, they are so well written! All of your book descriptions sound fascinating, I look forward to reading them all, and eventually having everyone of your books on my overflowing bookshelves. I am also half through the reading of My Lady Judge; Caroline Lennon really brings that book to life.

Fri Jun 22 20:34:30 2018

Hi Cora,
I'm just noticing that you were ill earlier in the year, I hope the recovery has been positive.

All the best,

Tue Jun 19 17:59:57 2018

Scott writes from United States
Hi Cora,
It's been a while but I wanted to ask as I didn't see it posted, what castle is shown on the cover of Verdict of the Court? It looks so much like Bunratty, lighting and all.

Thank you,

Tue Jun 19 17:57:11 2018

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Joe.

Lovely to hear from you again.

Thu May 31 19:58:46 2018

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
Hi Cora,

I salute your recovery from the lung problem !

AND managing to escape the hospital, alive.


Joe O

Thu May 31 19:50:50 2018

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Shay.

Tue May 1 14:08:14 2018

Shay Hynes writes from Kilkee, Ireland
Hi Cora,
Thank you for the quick reply. I hope you have a speedy recovery. I will continue reading your books. Many thanks for your gifted writing.

Best regards,

Shay Hynes.

Tue May 1 12:29:36 2018

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
That's extremely kind of you, Shay, and I do appreciate it.

However, I've had an extremely bad winter, health-wise, and am only shortly out of hospital having suffered a bout of pneumonia.I really don't feel up to what you propose.

If anyone wants to send me questions, though, I would be delighted to answer them.

With renewed thanks and very best wishes,

Mon Apr 30 18:42:18 2018

Shay Hynes writes from Kilkee, Clare, Ireland
Hi Cora,
I have thoroughly enjoyed several of the "Mara" books.
I am a member of the Kilkee Civic Trust which is a non-profit which promotes concerts, talks and the cultural heritage of the area. We have a series of talks each Wednesday night in Kilkee library. We are now selecting speakers for talks in July and August 2018. As a non-profit we cannot afford to pay our speakers. Would you be interested in giving a lecture of about 45 to 60 minutes followed by a Q&A session? If yes, I would be delighted to propose your name to the committee at our next meeting.

Best regards.
Shay Hynes
M: 087 279 7617

Mon Apr 30 17:14:34 2018

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Dolores, for your heart-warming message.

I value it especially because you are from Clare in Ireland and I am frequently made to feel so embarrassed by American and English people visiting the Burren and bemused about the impossibility of buying the books, written about Ireland, and by an Irish author!

The answer from Easons, who control the supply of books even to independent bookshops, seems to be that there is no demand for them.

And so I am delighted to know that you enjoy them and really pleased to hear that libraries still supply my books for children.

Thank you so much for writing.

Mon Apr 23 13:48:56 2018

Dolores writes from Ireland
Hi Cora

Sad to hear Mara series is ending, I live in Clare and really enjoy the mixture of mystery, history and landscape which they encompass and Mara is such a strong female character.
You had the rare privilege of being read by 3 members of our household at the same time a few years back - my youngest daughter was reading one of your literacy titles, about a dog if I recall correctly, my other daughter was on Drumshee books from the library and I was reading the Mara books. That had never happened before or since! Thanks for the hours of enjoyment. Dolores

Mon Apr 23 13:25:53 2018

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Lovely to hear from you, Rita. And I hope that you, also, are well.
How did your film of the Burren go?

Thu Apr 5 17:29:12 2018

rita davern writes from USA
Hello and happy spring to you, Cora!
I love reading these posts from around the world from your readers!

I hope you are well and having fun writing.
I am re-reading the Burren Mystery series from the beginning, and enjoying every page.

Kindest regards in 2018.

Rita Davern

Thu Apr 5 16:46:43 2018

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Mai,

How lovely to hear from someone in Japan. My first, I think.

Have you tried my Reverend Mother series? I think they might have much less Irish names etc. I wrote them about my native city of Cork in the south of Ireland and they are set in the years following the war of independence and the civil war which followed it.

I do hope you enjoy them as much as the Burren Series.

Thu Mar 8 16:18:44 2018

Mai writes from Japan
Dear Cora,
I am Japanese who loves your burren mysteries books.
But I am not English native, struggling languages sometimes. Which one will be easier for non-English readers among many books of yours?

I have stayed and studied in Ireland and visited Burren area, so area name or Irish history is not a problem.

Thu Mar 8 05:41:29 2018

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Jeannie,

I'm afraid that my answer must be that I don't know and I wouldn't know any way of finding out.

The London Murder Mysteries, though I did a huge amount of research of the Victorian/Dickensian London, were actually written for ten to twelve-year-olds - though quite a few adults have written to me to say that they enjoy them.

The 'Debutante' books were designated as 'Young Adult' - again I did do a lot of research, and again some adults have written to say that they enjoyed them.

By the way, have you read 'Cardinal's Court'? That was written for adults and is about a Brehon (like Mara) Hugh Mac Egan who comes to Cardinal Wolsey's Hampton Court in order to draw up a marriage agreement between his employer's son, James Butler and James's cousin, Anne Boleyn.
You might ask your library if they could get you this book.

Tue Feb 6 15:59:57 2018

Jeannie Warth
I do not find any of the London Murder Mystery or Debutante series in my library here in the US. I have so enjoyed the Burren series and am now reading the latest Reverend Mother.

Are these other series available in the US?

Tue Feb 6 15:09:19 2018

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
That was a very nice 'New Year' message, Richard.

Goodness, it must be twenty years ago that the first Drumshee book, 'Nuala & her Secret Wolf', came out. Little did I know that twenty years on I would Have 57 books published and three more in the pipeline.

I still have a great affection for the Drumshee books, and, as a former teacher, who loved doing history projects with children, I think the idea of having a series based in the same place, but dealing with different people and different adventures, was quite a good one.

Who knows but that they might be republished some time.

I wish you and your family and very happy new year, and thank you, again, for writing.

Wed Jan 3 10:35:24 2018

Richard Hassett writes from Ireland
As a Clare man myself I grew up with your books Cora thanks very much I will always have a special place in my heart for the good folk of Drumshee and with any luck my kids will grow up reading them as well

Wed Jan 3 00:30:11 2018

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