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About the Author

Máirín Mc Sweeney grew up in beautiful County Kerry, Ireland. With her family she moved to Dublin at age 14 and fell in love with the city which would become the subject of her debut novel How We Mortals Blame The God. She has had many varied careers from running her own interior architecture business, working on humanitarian projects in Gautemala and South Africa, to more recently becoming a teacher of English Literature in Geneva, Switzerland. She earned an MA in Creative Writing in the University of Cape Town, South Africa. An avid traveller, she currently lives on Lake Annecy in France.

How We Mortals Blame The Gods is Máirín’s first novel, which follows the intricate twists and turns of two couples living on one day in Dublin, June 16th 2004. Inspired by her favourite book Ulysses by James Joyce, her prose is punchy, and modern with a nod to the great man himself.

Book Blurb

If the characters of James Joyce’s Ulysses were alive in modern Ireland, who might they be?

It is June 16th, 2004, Dublin, Ireland. Centenary celebrations for James Joyce’s Ulysses are in full flow.

A troubled boy is about to walk into the Bloomsday Centenary Concert, which is packed full of dignitaries, and commit a violent act

Inside the concert hall, the lives of four unsuspecting people spin towards each other. Omar Wilde, half-Irish/half-Egyptian journalist is covering the Bloomsday events of the day. He is

struggling with an ailing marriage to Flora, his headstrong Polish wife, who he suspects is cheating on him, but with whom? Determined to prove himself to her he wanders through the day in search of the perfect story and finds himself at the heart of a potentially tragic event. When an ordinary man has to face the extraordinary who will he find?

Four very different people,
one potentially awful event, and
the dark secrets that bind them together.

Collaborator info and Copyrights

First published June 16th, 2022

Copyright © 2022 Máirín Mc Sweeney

The moral right of the author has been asserted.

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews.

How We Mortals Blame The Gods is a work of fiction. All incidents and dialogue, and all characters with the exception of some well-known historical or public figures, are products of the author’s imagination. Where real-life historical or public figures appear, the situations, incidents and dialogues concerning those persons are fictional and are not intended to change the imagined nature of the work. In all other respects, any resemblance to persons living or dead is entirely coincidental.

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Paperback: 9781739646202
Ebook: 9781739646219

A CIP record for this book is available from the British Library.

Developmental Edit by Henrietta Rose-Innes & Susan Cahill
Copy Edit by Vincent Czyz
Cover art by John Nolan (
Cover design and formatting by Beaux Arts, Donna Cunningham
Photographs by Daniela Harmsen

Araby Publishing
Co. Dublin.