Tom Phelan had just turned fifty when his first novel, In the Season of the Daisies, was accepted for publication by Lilliput Press in Dublin. Books Ireland’s reviewer wrote, “The most obvious question posed by a novelistic debut with as much resounding vigour as this is: Where has Mr. Phelan been?”
Since then, Tom has written five more novels—Iscariot, Derrycloney, The Canal Bridge, Nailer, and Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told—and has seen his works published in four countries and three languages. He has also written for Newsday, the Irish Echo, the journal of the American Irish Historical Association, and other publications. He is currently working on a novel set against the backdrop of a Marian apparition in Ireland.
Born and raised on a farm in Mountmellick, County Laois, in the Irish midlands, Phelan now makes his home in New York.
Trace Literary secured a two-book deal for Tom Phelan with Arcade, a division of Skyhorse Publishing. In 2014, Arcade published the U.S. edition of his novel of Ireland in World War I, The Canal Bridge; Books Ireland calls the book “a powerful and deeply affecting novel.” In 2015, Arcade published Phelan’sLies the Mushroom Pickers Told, which Shelf Awareness describes as “a masterful portrait of Irish village life disguised as a murder mystery.”
We are currently looking for a publisher for Tom Phelan’s memoir, Working for JohnJoe, which deals with his life growing up–and working–on his father’s small farm in Ireland.