Forthcoming Events

Before My Actual Heart Breaks


Tish Delaney

Book Launch

The Georgian House, Alderney 17.00-19.00 hrs.

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Reservations necessary

Join us at The Georgian House on Alderney to celebrate the debut book launch of an exciting new author!

Tish Delaney's debut work, Before My Actual Heart Breaks, recreates life from her rural childhood in Northern Ireland at the heart of The Troubles.

The Story Behind the Book

"Central to Before My Actual Heart Breaks is the theme of secrecy. The main characters Mary and John live a lie in plain sight. His mother is entirely complicit and no-one ever thinks to ask a single question that would rip the scab from the thin skin they’ve grown over their decent Catholic union. This is a situation that was played out in several families when I was a child – it was as accepted as black eyes at the altar steps and the overnight disappearance of Priests who were soon to be fathers of a different kind." Read more.

What other authors say about Before My Actual Heart Breaks:

'This is in many ways a familiar story, but it is told in such a fresh, entertaining, funny and moving way, it felt like I was reading something brand new.' RODDY DOYLE

'Delaney's writing is a beautiful wave flowing lyrically through the life of Mary Rattigan. A touching tale of how one woman survives a tough beginning to eventually end up exactly where her heart belongs.'

ANNE GRIFFIN, author of 'When All is Said'

Reservations required

To attend, please reserve a space as places are limited. Email

Food and beverages will be available.

​First edition hardback copies will be available at the launch, which Tish will be delighted to personalise for you!

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