eing a mum, and a scientist, it was possibly only a matter of time before Mairian Brennan got around to writing a sci-fi book for kids.
That The Inventions Of Finn O’Shea should be set in Greystones only makes this fun and informative little adventure all the more inviting to our local budding Einsteins and Lonsdales.
Named after the Irish legend Fionn Mac Cumhaill, our 7-year-old hero spends all his free time making robots and gadgets out of bits and bobs. Trouble is, while school work is no problem, he is being picked on at school, and his little sister at home keeps breaking all his stuff.
The stakes are high as Finn tries to get a handle on everything before the big science competition. Naturally, he wants his entry to go off with a bang. And a great big trail of smoke into the sky.
Having completed her degree in science, Marian Brennan abandoned us and moved to the big city, where the clever clogs currently works at the RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her research interests are in bacterial infection and antibiotic resistance, and she is currently working on a large global community-based study to identify drugs for the treatment of Covid-19.
That The Inventions Of Finn O’Shea has become a major hit has taken Marian by surprise.
“We did not expect the book to hit the bestseller list,” she says, “or for there to be such a high level of local demand. Now we are struggling to get enough copies into the bookshops…“
So, you may want to get yourself down to Halfway Up The Stairs pretty darn pronto. You can also find it in The Bridge Street Bookshop in Wicklow Town or in Kevin Gildea’s Brilliant Bookstore in Dun Laoghaire, among others. And if all else fails, there’s always the lazy-ass option, Amazon.
In the meantime, you can check out other local writers up to no good – and some good – right over here.
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