Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Conor Shinkins writes from Ireland
In your book My Lady Judge, you write that The Brehon had 6 students under her at her Law School, when in actual fact a learned Brehon was more likely to have many more students than that. We know this from surviving Brehon Legal Manuscripts such as that written by Domhnall O'Davoren and his students between the years 1564 and 1569 at his Law School at Cahermacnaghten in County Clare, now in ruins. This is the problem I have with writers writing fictionalized books based on true events, they very often don't have the expertise to write about about these subjects and fill in the gaps based on guess work, which is quite often incorrect.

Fri May 27 14:10:48 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Tony & Mary: the name, of course, was orginally de Burgo - it's of Norman origin, rather than Irish, though the Burkes, or Bourkes of Galway became more Irish than the Irish themselves.

Glad you enjoyed the books.

Thu May 19 17:15:50 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I think that 'Titanic - Voyage from Drumshee' is out-of-print, Anna. Wolfhound Press were taken over by Merlin who then went out of business. I got the rights back, but haven't done anything about getting it reprinted.
I'd say that the book is mainly suitable for Primary School children.
Yes, I was born in Cobh and lived there until 1942 when we moved to Cork because of the problems for my father trying to get ot work on a train that was fuelled by damp peat (turf).

Thu May 19 17:12:07 2011

Anna Keating writes from Cork (Cobh)
Hi Cora
I am a Home School Liaison Officer at Carrignafoy Community College (secondary) in Cobh where you were born a fact I was amazed to learn. As next year will be the anniversary of the Titanic disaster I am planning a 'One Book One Community' event hopefully starting with the reading of a book around about October with various other activities based on the chosen book and the historical event itself. I was hoping to choose a book on this topic. At the moment I am reading various texts on the Titanic and currently reading your book from the Drumshee Collection and thoroughly enjoying it. I would valueyour opinion as to its suitability for both adults and children. And I would love to know if you have been involved in a similar activity anywhere else in the country. I am also wondering if it will be possible to buy a substantial number of new copies of this book as the copy I have is pretty worn out and if I want people to read it obviously it would be nice to have a perfectly new copy.
Looking forward to hearing from you Anna

Thu May 19 14:10:54 2011

Tony and Mary Bourke writes from Australia
My husband and I have written before after reading My Lady Judge and The Michaelmas Mystery. We have just read The Sting of Justice which you promised had a Bourke in it.My husband Tony worked in Ireland in 2003,2004, as a chemist and was told that it was spelt Burke in Ireland to which his` response was that he spelt it the way his father did(as did Clanricarde,Earl of Mayo,Gov.Richard of N.S.W.,and Mary Robinson etc. We also very much enjoyed Writ in Stone. We believe the mysteries would make a good series or movie. There is alot of interest in Irish history in Australia. Thank you for the great stories. Mary Bourke (Nee McNamara)

Thu May 19 09:11:09 2011

Joan Evans writes from England
Thanks Cora ,will do -Joan

Wed May 18 14:31:15 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Ron & Joan:

You should be able to get what you want from a bookclub in Ireland.

Patricia Lyons deals with books for children mainly, but has all of my books for adults, also.

You could email her at this address:

Hope this works. Let me know if there is a problem

Tue May 17 22:53:34 2011

Joan Evans writes from England
Hello again Cora,
Its good to see that so many people are enjoying your books.I,however,am a lady-in -waiting as I don't want to skip a book and read out of sequence.I am trying to obtain a copy of "Writ in stone".I have been waiting months for an order from two very well known sources and now been informed its unobtainable.
Is there a way I can purchase from your website? I shall go mad wondering what is happening to Mara.I must not move on to the next book until I've read this one.
Thanks for your time,

Tue May 17 21:25:20 2011

Ron writes from USA
I have copies of all of your books because I have enjoyed reading each. I collect only authors I personally enjoy and wish to share with my nieces and nephews. My collection is my legacy to them.

I have difficulty getting signed copies of your books. Other than bringing them to you in Ireland (which I'm sure you would not want), how can I purchase copies you have signed? Do you travel out of Ireland to book signings?

Tue May 17 20:35:55 2011

Amy writes from USA
I will thank you so much for replying :)

Mon Apr 25 16:11:25 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I certainly will do so, Amy.

Persuade as many as possible of your friends to buy it, or libraries to stock it. And then the publishers will be keen to do another one.

Mon Apr 25 14:52:26 2011

Amy writes from USA
I just finished reading your sequel "Jane Austen stole my boyfriend" after just starting it two Days ago. It was absolutely Brilliant! Please Think about writing a third!

Mon Apr 25 13:11:08 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Niamh: I do hope that I will be able to write another Jane Austen book. They are such fun to write.

M. Vone: I agree with you and must tackle my publishers again about this issue. I'm glad that, nevertheless, you managed to enjoy the books.

Beth: Try Fergus Kelly, professor of Early Irish Law in THE DUBLIN INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES. This is his I found his books, Early Irish Law and & Early Irish Farming excellent and most informative.

Wed Apr 20 19:45:45 2011

Beth Muir writes from United States

Thanks so much for the information. It does seem that certain interpretations need to be looked at again. Are there any current libraries that have copies/translations of the Brehon laws available?


Wed Apr 20 06:09:50 2011

M Vone writes from USA
Absolutely love your series that takes place in the Burren or Ireland. It is definitely a beautiful area. But for those of us who can't just sit and read thru your books - and have to take breaks to work - please include a list of characters, some maps, and a glossary. Thanks so much for writing these books !

Wed Apr 20 04:57:29 2011

Niamh writes from Ireland
Dear Cora Harrison,

I loved "Jane Austen stole my boyfriend". I really enjoyed reading it and I hope you write a sequel. I also enjoyed the first book "I was Jane Austen's Best Friend".

Thank you,

Tue Apr 19 22:21:02 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Janis: Thank you for your appreciation. I did enjoy writing the Jane Austen books, but I have to admit that the 'Mara' books are nearest to my heart.

Tue Apr 19 19:40:24 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Ruth: I'd love to do it, but it will be up to Macmillan publishers to decide whether they want another one or not.

Tue Apr 19 19:35:23 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
The first recorded writing down of Brehon laws occurred in the seventh century. It is not known whether they were written previously to that, or whether the law were just retained in the oral memory of the lawyers.

Execution was very against Brehon law where a fine was normally imposed in the the case of murder or other crimes. Only the muirder of a near relative was thought to be serious enough to incur the death penalty, and in that case the guilty party was put in aboat with no oars and allowed to drift out to sea. It was felt then that the ultimate decision belonged to God.

Tue Apr 19 19:32:34 2011

I was just rereading i was Jane Austen's best friend and Jane Austen stole my boyfriend and i really hope you plan to write a third book on what happens after the wedding.

Tue Apr 19 18:02:33 2011

Beth Muir writes from United States
Dear Cora,

I recently found your book Eye of the Law at my local library - they put out a nice selection of books about Ireland. I'm finding the history of the law in Ireland fascinating and am wondering about the sources for the laws. I recently finished a degree in Anthropology and for one of my classes (on Mummies of the world), I wrote a paper on the Old Croghan Man and I'm wondering about a possible connection/explanation for the remains. I realize that many people with much more knowledge than myself have probably researched these previously, but I would love to learn more on my own. Thanks for your help.

You have a very great gift for storytelling and I'm looking forward to reading more of your books.

Thanks for your time,

Beth Muir

Mon Apr 18 19:11:19 2011

Janis Foley writes from Canada

Except for the book, "Writ in Stone", I've read all the books in the Burren Series. I hate finishing one of them because I feel like Mara and the other wonderful characters are friends, and I miss them when I've finished a book. I hope you will be adding more books to the series.

I've also read "I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend" and since I'm a huge Austen fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and learning more about Jane and her family. I will be reading the sequel, too.

I too am a teacher and appreciate your efforts to nurture a love of literacy in children, through reading and writing, with a hostorical perspective. I could go on, but let me end by saying thank you for your great books about Ireland, the land of my forebearers.

Best wishes in your future writing endeavours.

Sat Apr 16 02:23:45 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Aayushi: That is quite a coincidence. I hope that you like Jenny and think that you are pleased to be sharing a birthday with her.
Have you read 'I was Jane Austen's Best Friend'? That is book one. I'm not sure whether there will be a book three or not.

Thu Apr 14 19:23:21 2011

Aayushi writes from England
Yesterday, I got 'Jane Austen Stole my Boyfriend' for my birthday and it was lovely to see that Jenny Cooper and I shared the same birthday although she is 222 years older than me! I have finished the book and really enjoyed it! I was wondering if there would be another book after this sequel? (:

Thu Apr 14 16:58:28 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm delighted that you like them, Esme.

re pronunciation I'm always worried about not doing this correctly, but very roughly:
Nuala= new-a-la
Teige= Tie-g
Turlough= Tur(as in the first three letters of turn) + lock
Malachy= Mal-a-key

Don't know whether this helps!

Wed Apr 13 22:22:45 2011

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