Monday 29 June 2009

Garbhan Downey Event

Easons, Foyleside, 1pm to 3pm Saturday, July 4

Who said flower-growing was for pansies?

Guildhall Press are delighted to announce the release on July 4 of War of the Blue Roses, the riotous new novel from Garbhan Downey. The author will be signing copies of the book this Saturday, July 4 at Easons, Foyleside, from 1pm to 3pm.

War of the Blue Roses is a rollicking black comedy set in the world of gardening and international politics. A US sponsored gardening competition in the little country village of Mountrose ends up throwing three governments into turmoil when it sparks a worldwide race to grow the world’s first blue rose. The Irish premier is forced to team up with semi-reformed gangsters to stop British and American politicians shanghaiing the Mountrose Prize and walking off with a billion-dollar patent. Bugging, burglary, sabotage, murder and sexual deceit – it’s all part of the rose-growing business. And the bad guys are even worse…

Roses is Downey ’s fifth novel and is set to enhance his reputation as a top-class writer. His last book, Yours Confidentially: Letters of a would-be MP, was listed by a number of reviewers on their ‘Book of the Year’ lists – and was one of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s seven International Crime Fiction ‘must-reads’ of 2008. Early reviews of Roses suggest it is going to enjoy even greater success:

"Dazzlingly clever and laugh-out-loud funny - it would make a great film script" - Derry Journal

"Lashings of spying, killing and romance - a thrilling and intelligent send-up of global politics" - Culture NI

"Incredibly fresh and all-out riotous romp" - The Andersonstown News

The cover of Roses is designed by the award-winning animator John McCloskey, whose film Crumblegiant was nominated for a BAFTA in 2008.

For further information about the author and details of his books, you can visit the Guildhall Press website at And check out the video for the new book on Downey's own website

Contact, Guildhall Press, Tel: (028) 7136 4413; E:

1 comment:

adrian mckinty said...

Garv's a riot everyone who likes intelligent funny writing in Derry should go.