Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Land of the Ever-Living Ones launched in Drogheda

Land of the Ever-Living Ones was successfully launched in Drogheda on Friday, November 29th. A great crowd turned up on the night. The book was launched by Róisín Fitzpatrick, Artist of the Light (left). The book's editor, Laura Murphy (centre), acted as master of ceremonies on the occasion. Music was performed by Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin and her son Macdara (right).

The printed book can be purchased from the author on his website at this link:

The book is also available in electronic format for Amazon Kindle. You can download it here:

You can hear an interview with author Anthony Murphy about his first work of fiction here:

Friday, October 4, 2013

Land of the Ever-Living Ones by Anthony Murphy

My next book, called 'Land of the Ever-Living Ones', will be my first work of fiction. It follows three works of non-fiction, so it is quite an adventure for me! Drawing on ancient spiritual wisdom, with a healthy dose of Irish mythology and cosmology thrown in, it represents a journey into hidden depths of the human heart and soul. Here is a synopsis:

Land of the Ever-Living Ones is an extraordinary dialogue between an old man and a young boy that reaches into cosmic and spiritual realms. In one fireside conversation, they explore the universe with discussion about many different things, including natural phenomena, the mysteries of life and the question of what happens to us when we die.

The old man (sean-draoi) has gained much knowledge and wisdom during his life, and readily imparts it to the eager young boy, who is full of questions.

The cover of my new book
Tír na mBeo (Land of the Ever-Living Ones) was an ancient Irish name for the otherworld, the home of deities, spirits and ancestors. It was believed to be a place where there is no sickness or old age and where happiness lasts forever.  In this wide-ranging conversation, the man takes the boy on a journey into his own ancestral past, and through lesson, metaphor, story and dream, creates for him a stunning insight into his spiritual existence, his quest for eternity and indeed his experiences of Tír na mBeo.

The journey is a magical and powerful one, evoking both ecstasy and melancholy, for lost ancestors, for the frailties of mankind, and for the sometimes harsh lessons of worldly life. However, it is an optimistic tale, one that stirs up great hope for the eventual destiny of the boy, and for all his kin.

Its central message is one of hope – a reminder that that light will always emerge out of the darkness, and that all our struggles on this earth are not in vain.

I am hoping to release the book both in printed format and as an eBook for Amazon Kindle. If you would like to make a small donation towards the costs of the printed version that would be greatly appreciated. You can donate via the button below.