Rachael English is a radio journalist for RTE in Ireland. During her ten years in radio, she has regularly worked on some of their prime-time programmes, including the Today Show with Pat Kenny and Five Seven Live. Rachael's most memorable professional experience was being in Stormont on the day the Good Friday Agreement was signed, and she covered the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
Rachael's debut novel GOING BACK was published in May 2013 to fantastic reviews. Her second novel EACH AND EVERY ONE will be published in September 2014 by Orion.
Your family are always there for you...aren't they?
For Tara, Vee, Niall and Damian, the children of the Shine family, their parents have seen them through thick and thin. In fact, Gus and Joan's lifetime of hard work has given their children a very comfortable start in life. But with the Irish economy in crisis - money is thin on the ground and perhaps it's time to for the younger generation to learn a few home truths.
As the children are forced to live a life without the Bank of Mum and Dad, they start to find out who they really are - but in uncovering their real selves, they realise their family holds more secrets than they ever could have imagined. And sometimes the truth isn't easy to face...
A novel of full of warmth and wisdom, exploring the lessons we learn in life - and the ones we never do.
How do you know where you belong?
In June 1988, Elizabeth Kelly's parents think she belongs at home in Ireland. Her boyfriend is certain of it. Unwilling to settle down just yet, she decides to spend the summer in Boston with her college friends. But the next four months change all of them, especially Elizabeth. Quiet and dutiful at home, she surprises herself and everyone else by falling for Danny Esposito, a restless charmer with a troublesome family.
More than twenty years later with opportunities in Ireland scarce once again, a new generation looks to America, awakening memories of a golden summer for their parents. When a crisis occurs, Elizabeth returns to Boston where she is drawn back into the life she once lived. But will she be able to reconcile the dreams of her twenty-year-old self with the woman she has become?
Going Back is a story of family, friendships and love, of difficult decisions and lifelong consequences.