The Secrets Left Behind by Antoinette Tyrrell / #Interview #BookTour #InternationalWomensDayFestival2.0 @zooloosBT @AntoinetteTyrr @SpellBoundBks


Hungry for scandal, the villagers of Rathmichael congregate in the grand Hatchwood House.

Before the night is over, the elusive Kate Millington will lie dead at the bottom of the Hatchwood stairs – her death opening a disturbing window into the past for three women.

Alice, Kate’s daughter, is faced with her grief for a mother who was forever distant. As the circumstances of Kate’s death, and her state of mind, are drawn into question, Alice struggles to understand the appalling truth about her mother’s past.

In New York, a death bed secret brings Faith Cranston to Ireland, where news of a shocking accident in a rural community leads her to a distressing discovery.

Nancy Canning has only seen Kate from afar. Ashamed of her past, an overwhelming fear of human relationships drives Nancy. As the news of Kate’s death spreads through the village, she is forced to overcome her fear of connection, and come to terms with the fact that the shame she feels may not be hers alone.

Over the course of a harsh Irish winter, the women battle misogyny and impediment as they struggle to reveal the secrets about Kate’s past. But will they ever be able to make peace with the devastating truth they’re about to uncover?




When and where do you prefer to write?

In my sunroom at home, I have a spectacular mountain view but even when I was writing my first book and didn’t have a nice view, I need to be somewhere that is soothing and if I can have some fresh air, that’s an invaluable added bonus.

Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?

Definitely, total silence. I love being on my own, I can’t write when there are any distractions. I need stillness and calm.

If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

Dolly Alderton, her take on life for young women now is searingly honest, I’d think we could do a fab younger/older woman take on life.

Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

The bad one, everyone thinks I’d be the good one, so it’d be fun to shock people. I’ve learned to use peoples’ habit of underestimating me as my secret superpower – I’m really not that nice at all.

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

Samantha Power, I am a huge fan. She is the Irish woman who was a senior advisor to Barack Obama and now serves as Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. I’ve seen her interviewed and I would love to talk to her. She strikes me as one of those people who just gets things done. She’s a doer, not a talker – I admire that greatly.

Where can I find you when you are reading?

Curled up on a comfy chair with my dog at my feet and telling my partner that I am only going to read for 5 more minutes.

Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

Outside, walking, gardening, anything at all that involves being outside and in nature – for me it is the best thing I can do to keep myself sane.

What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

Christ on a bike, I can’t believe someone published me for a second time.

How do you come up with a title for your book?

At the end of writing it. For my first book, it came very naturally, but for The Secrets Left Behind, it took quite a bit of work, playing with words, seeing what fit best.

How do you pick a cover for your book?

With a lot of help from my publisher.’

Thank you, Antoinette Tyrrell and Zooloo’s Book Tours


About the author

Antoinette’s dream in life is to be paid to read books but as a close second, she’s happy to write them instead. She studied English and History at NUI Maynooth, followed by a career in public relations. Her debut novel, Home to Cavendish, was published by Poolbeg Press in 2019, the same year that Antoinette decided she’d had enough of 9 to 5 life and endless commuting.

Her decision to set up her own writing consultancy coincided neatly with the start of a global health pandemic but despite some setbacks, she has established herself as a successful business and ghost-writer. She recently moved to the Costa Blanca with her partner Ahmed. True to her Irish roots she spends most of her days convinced that it is going to start raining, any minute now.

The Secrets Left Behind, her second novel, is a multi-layered tale of the savage severing of maternal ties, a crumbling marriage built on conjecture, and the devastating impact on the next generation of women. It is set against the backdrop of the patriarchal regime once imposed by the Catholic Church in Ireland and spans the period from 1952 to 1981.


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