The Loney Book Launch: A Review

Author Andrew Michael Hurley captivated his audience at Blackpool Central Library last week with the launch of his debut novel “The Loney”

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Andrew harks from Preston and his novel is based on our local coastline, making the book even more interesting and enchanting to us locals. It left us asking, where is “Loney”?

To quote from the book…. “If it had another name, I never knew, but the locals called it The Loney — that strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune.… Dull and featureless it may have looked, but The Loney was a dangerous place. A wild and useless length of English coastline. A dead mouth of a bay that filled and emptied twice a day and made Coldbarrow an island.”

Andrew shared with us that although the precise location in the novel is between the rivers Lune and Wyre, it is really an amalgam of other areas including Cockerham, Silverdale and Morecambe Bay.

Andrew engaged the audience reading passages from his book that dealt with many different themes; family, faith, love and fear. Andrew manages to intertwine these huge themes cleverly and creatively to create a very atmospheric, eerie and unsettling read.

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Andrew is now working on his second novel and last night’s audience were privileged with the information that the setting will be The Trough of Bowland. We await it with relish!

Contributed by Jane Berry – Team Leader at Moor Park & Anchorsholme Library