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March 23 , 2010

The Life & Times Trilogy

Three Novels in One Volume


"Murphy is a natural storyteller." –

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The Life & Times Trilogy is a stirring ode to life's resiience and possibilities. Following Danny Boyle from his youth in Ireland to his tumultuous adulthood in Canada, this story is one man's odyssey through the multitude of challenges life has to offer.



BORN & BRED: In the turmoil of 1970’s Ireland, an alienated Danny gets into drugs and is involved in a gangland killing. Duped by the killers into leaving his prints on the gun, Danny needs all the help his friends and family can muster. Calling in favors from bishops and priests, police and paramilitaries, God and the devil, the living and the dead, they do all that they can. But even that might not be enough. 


WANDERING IN EXILE: Danny was hoping for a fresh start in Canada. With the help of his uncle Martin, he’d soon found a job and a regular gig with a bar band. And when his sweetheart, Deirdre, joined him, Danny seemed set for life. But Fate wasn’t done with Danny, and when his uncle was stricken with AIDS, Deirdre did the only thing she could think of to save him from the darkness – she got pregnant. Rising to the occasion, Danny became a father with enthusiasm. With the arrival of their second child, though, mortgages, day-care, and the press of the day took their toll on the young couple. Battling the voice in his head that told him he wasn’t suited for this role, Danny found an ally in the bottle. Soon, drinking became the only thing that made sense to him. Deirdre, however, refused to give up without a fight. If she could only get Danny to join her, they might even win. 


ALL ROADS: Danny Boyle isn’t all here. Years of destructive behavior have left him in an alcoholic coma. Meanwhile, his marriage is over, one of his children wants nothing to do with him, and the other suffers by his bedside. And while the complexities of life swirl around him, Danny, in his halfway state, comes face to face with his demons and struggles to understand them. He must confront the ghosts of his past – ghosts who have unfinished business with him. No one can be certain of where Danny’s road is heading. But where it actually leads is far more surprising than any could have anticipated. 


Filled with poetic prose and brimming with poignant observation, The Life & Times Trilogy is a work of uncommon depth and resonance.


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