The Blooming of John Musgrave by Robert Burke
Neurotic author meets beguiling temptress. Chaos follows.
John Musgrave is content with his life - or so he thinks. A successful author of crime fiction, he lives a solitary life in the Dublin suburbs, churning out blockbusters and tending to his beloved garden. However, frustrated by the lack of critical acclaim for his work, he embarks on a project to produce a more literary tome.
An encounter at his latest book launch with the intriguing Anna Stilerova - a writer of racy erotica - stirs suppressed passions and throws his life into turmoil. And when his childhood friend Josephine begins a relationship with arch-critic David Lenihan, their friendship is threatened.
As salacious accounts of his newfound celebrity begin to appear in the tabloid press, his uneasy relationship with his curmudgeonly father deteriorates further. And at the promptings of his philandering brother Liam, he begins on his most daunting endeavour yet - the search for love.
As his persistence with his new literary direction leads to conflict with his publisher, and his love life - or lack of it - becomes more frustrating and complicated, where will it lead? All will be revealed as John documents it all in his never-to-be-seen diary...
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- Classification: Moderate
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- First submitted July 8, 2009
- Last updated July 8, 2009
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