The Origins of Benjamin Hackett


“It’s hard to believe ‘The Origins of Benjamin Hackett’ is Gerald O’Connor’s first novel. With the exceptional writing, well-developed characters and fantastic story line, it seems this author has a natural gift. A hilarious tale. Quite unlike any coming of age story I’ve ever read…”

Sheri Hoyte, Readerviews.


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All families have secrets. Most go untold…

Benjamin Hackett has come of age, technically. And in the midst of the celebratory hangover, his world is whipped out from under his feet. His parents have finally shared their lifelong secret with him; he’s adopted. At the age of eighteen, the boy still has some growing up to do, and with the help of JJ, his loquacious consigliore and bodyguard, he embarks on an adventure that’ll put to bed a lifetime of lies.

The Origins of Benjamin Hackett is a tender tale of heartache and displacement told through a wry and courageous voice. Set in Ireland in the summer of 1996, it’s a timely reminder that the world hasn’t moved on just as fast as we fancy. Now, in this emotionally charged story, Gerald M. O’Connor explores conditioned guilt and its consequences in a country still hiding from the sins of its past.

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“The Origins of Benjamin Hackett, the debut novel written by new author Gerald M. O’Connor, is a raucous and riotous coming of age story set in Ireland that is both brutal, tender and hilarious.”

Paul D. Brazill Author of A Case of Noir

“Told with the lilt and panache of Joseph O’Connor and Dermot Bolger in their novels of the 90s, The Origins of Benjamin Hackett has the new and improved voice we’ve been waiting for.”

Gerard Brennan Author of Undercover

“Visceral writing inheriting a long Irish tradition. O’Connor’s narrative contains sharp characterisation and an assured voice, while dramatising conditioned guilt with humour and style.”

Richard Godwin Author of Apostle Rising

“If you’re expecting the usual coming-of-age tale, you’re in for a big shock. An auspicious debut! Don’t begin to read this late at night unless you have the following day off.”

Les Edgerton Author of The Bitch and others.

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