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Making Way

Making Way


By Theo Dorgan

A powerful and emotive first novel from the pen of poet and essayist Theo Dorgan which takes place in the close confines of a small boat as the newly acquainted Tom and Clare sail the Mediterranean Sea.

Trade paperback | 224pp | ISBN: 978-1-84840-224-9 | Release Date: April 2013

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You have to see what's through and under and over and behind things. You have to pay real attention. Tom, an aging music executive, retiree and sailor meets Clare, a young, beautiful and somewhat mysterious woman on the quays of a Sicilian port. The two strangers share an unpredictable voyage around the Mediterranean Sea. As their voyage together takes its twists and turns, the destination turns out to be very different to what either of them expected, and will change both of their lives forever. Making Way is no ordinary love story; it is more than that. It is about joy and pain; life and loss; who we are and what really matters to us. I bail out, you see, I get myself out here, just me and the boat, and I get in touch again


This is a book about growing up, growing old, time passing, love and fate all propelled along by the choices made and the wind in the sails.
— - Southward, Munster Lit