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 April 2, 2024

The Steam Catcher by Jim O'Sullivan

Jim O'Sullivan's novel, The Steam Catcher was published recently by Rymour books and is already on its second print run. 
Here's a brief synopsis;
GLOUCESTER, 1915. Haunted by his father's madness, Tom Casey flees home after being falsely accused of murder. He survives the First World War and the Irish War for Independence. But survival demands a heavy price: the loss of his beloved family and everything he was raised to believe in. Now an amoral drifter caught up in the violent, seedy underworld of 1920s Europe, Tom falls under the spell of Matilde, a brilliant, beautiful bank robber. To find love, hope and a sense of belonging he must run again, fight and even kill. 

The Steam Catcher draws on the proud, often overlooked history of the Irish community in Britain to examine how class and identity shapes and fractures our lives.

Jim O'Sullivan was born in Cheltenham and raised in a large working class Irish family. The Steam Catcher is his first novel. You can buy it here

Jim would be delighted to discuss The Steam Catcher and/or the writing process with other members of Gloucestershire Writers Network in any way shape or form. You can contact him through



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