Wrecker by Noel O’Reilly
With historical fiction set to be one of the biggest literary trends of 2018 and Cornwall heralded as the new literary capital of the UK, Wrecker is perfectly placed to make a huge splash in the summer. Noel was a student on the New Writing South Advanced writing course, and has worked as a journalist and editor before turning his hand to writing novels. He was inspired to write Wrecker after seeing the cover of a book called Lost Cornwall – it featured a grainy photograph of a girl carrying pails of water down a steep lane in gritty nineteenth century Newlyn. This caught Noel’s imagination, and from this point the life and trials of Mary Blight were born. Many of the events that occur in the book were also inspired by real life incidents in Cornish history .