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The Gamal
by Ciarán Collins
(Bloomsbury 2013)



You can email Ciarán Collins here ciarancollinsauthor@gmail.com

Alternatively you can contact his publishers



Watch the book trailer here







Read an extract from The Gamal here


Watch Ciarán speak with John Kelly on RTÉ Television's arts programme The Works here
(Go to April 11, 2013 Episode, 19 minutes in)

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  • You'll find interviews with the author here
Ciarán has written some thoughts on the music in The Gamal for the music and literature website Largehearted Boy 
Listen to music from The Gamal with the Spotify Playlist here
  • The Sunday Business Post asked some authors to share a memory of theirs for a piece about teenage angst. Read what Ciarán wrote here 
Below is a list of all music mentioned in The Gamal:


  1. Out on the Weekend –Neil Young
  2. The Gulf of Araby –Katell Keineg
  3. Ag Críost an Síol –Seán Ó Riada (composer)
  4. We All Stand Together –Paul McCartney
  5. Country Fair –Van Morrison
  6. Ar Éireann ní Neosfainn Cé hí –Unknown
  7. Blue Moon –Elvis Presley (written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart)
  8. Pennyroyal Tea –Kurt Cobain
  9. You Are Not Alone –Michael Jackson
  10. Boolavogue –written by Patrick Joseph McCall
  11. The Ould Triangle –(written by Dominic Behan)
  12. Táimse im’ Chodladh –(Unknown)
  13. Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie –Bod Dylan
  14. Love, Oh Love –Lionel Richie (In Irish!)
  15. Fairytale of New York –The Pogues (by Shane McGowan)
  16. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis –Ralph Vaughan Williams (composer)
  17. Moonlight Sonata –Ludwig Van Beethoven (composer)
  18. High Summer –Van Morrison
  19. Twistin’ the Night Away –Sam Cooke
  20. This Woman’s Work –Kate Bush
  21. Carraig Aonair –written by Conchubhar Ó Laoghaire
  22. Bad –U2
  23. The Banks of my Own Lovely Lee –written by Dick Forbes and J.C. Flanahan
  24. Molly Malone –Unknown
  25. Time After Time –Cyndi Lauper
  26. Tangled Up In Blue –Bob Dylan
  27. Coming Around Again –Carly Simon
  28. In Dreams –Roy Orbison
  29. Don’t Look Back –John Lee Hooker
  30. Silver Threads among the Gold –written by Eben E. Rexford and H. P. Danks
  31. River –Joni Mitchell
  32. Solsbury Hill –Peter Gabriel
  33. Spiegel im Spiegel –Arvo Part (composer)
  34. The Healing Game –Van Morrison
  35. Love –John Lennon
  36. Madame George –Van Morrison
  37. For All We Know –Nina Simone
  38. Sam Hall –Johnny Cash (songwriter unknown, traditional)
  39. Bonnie James Campbell (songwriter unknown, traditional)
  40. Today –Randy Sparks
  41. If It Be Your Will -Leonard Cohen
  42. Country Feedback -REM
  43. The Two Sisters (songwriter unknown, traditional)
  44. Percy's Song -Bob Dylan
  45. Valentine Melody -Tim Buckley
  46. Black -Pearl Jam
  47. This Is Not A Song -The Frank and Walters
  48. I Will Always Love You -Dolly Parton
  49. Lés Beatitudes -The Sirene Ensemble
  50. El Malei Rachamim (Holocaust version) -Jewish Religious, traditional
  51. Veruyu (Credo) -Slavonic Orthadox Liturgy Chant
  52. I Was Young When I Left Home -Bob Dylan

Author’s sister, artist Úna Collins’ depiction. See her work here: http://www.unacollinsartist.com/index.html






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