Publications

Books and publications by Dezi Jay M are available to buy online, in print and e-book editions.


Legacies
by Dezi Jay M



A collection of poetry and prose that represents a personal odyssey but also addressing the current state of the world, as the author sees it, probing key questions that concern the survival and fate of the human race. Man cannot function solely on his own ego.

Recognition of the shared human experience and a refusal to let the prejudices of the past dictate the present are what inform the author's view. Can any legacy really be so sacred as to be oblivious to the harm it may have done, on any level, even if unintentional?

Issues of 'faith and fatherland', church and state figure prominently. Where do we all stand at this juncture in history? Can the human race continue along the present path? Just what is the legacy that we have been bequeathed and what do we do with it?

While the starting point of this volume may be from the perspective of an Irish Catholic who grew up in De Valera household, with portraits of 'the long fellow', JFK and the Sacred Heart adorning the walls, that is not where the story ends. Rather, the view posed represents a certain summation and an attempt to see beyond the walls that have been imposed.

A soul-searching body of work that invites the reader to do the same.

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Legacies by Dezi Jay M is available to buy online in its printed edition from CreateSpace.

It is also available to buy in e-book format. For the Kindle edition, please visit Amazon.


The Dubious Tales of Cliff White and Eileen Dover
by Dezi Jay M



A collection of tales that may or may not be true but don't lose anything for the telling, carrying as they do, an air of honesty, even as the narrative style is tongue-in-cheek.

Characters whose lives are portrayed range from the ordinary to the extraordinary: Chip, the monk who gets barred from the zoo; Jacob Pence from the town of Farthing; John Fat Burns who avoids being fried, or the Pontiff who wishes he could be closer to his flock. A picture is formed of a world in which everyone has their own problems, perplexities and personal demons to wrestle with, to conquer and overcome.

The stories told here are, by turns, wryly humorous and poignantly sad, witty yet conflicted but never boring. We don’t always control the events in life that befall us but we take charge the moment that we accept responsibility and face the consequences of our actions.

A look at modern life that will not fail to amuse.

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The Dubious Tales of Cliff White and Eileen Dover by Dezi Jay M is available to buy online in its printed edition from CreateSpace.

It is also available to buy in e-book format. For the Kindle edition, please visit Amazon.


The Day the Poppy Met the Shamrock
by Dezi Jay M



The Day the Poppy Met the Shamrock is a personal account that deals with the problem of homelessness, charting one person's journey from homelessness to resettlement: not just a matter of physical abode but also the deeper, more searching question of finding a home within oneself. God does not close one door without opening another.

Dezi Jay M. grew up in Coolock, Dublin amidst abuse and addiction. At the age of 17, he was treated for compulsive gambling and later alcoholism, which took over his life for a while. He experienced several periods of homelessness, including that following the break-up of his marriage, in 2008.

This is the story of the author's struggle within himself, leading to the epiphany that he experienced on a November day, at a WWI Armistice Day commemoration in the Irish Peace Park in Messines, near Ypres in Belgium. It was an experience that helped him to put his life into perspective. The profound sense of history that he felt on that occasion is described here in absorbingly vivid and moving detail.

"It was a very cold day, though far from the conditions in the trenches during the fighting. With God's grace, I held the Irish flag above my head in the cold for one and a half hours, with the poppy on my heart while a Belgian bishop celebrated Mass. Yes, someone was looking after me; my heart was going in the right direction, releasing a long-held bitterness from my soul."

For the author, seeing himself as a product of the society he was born into, being able to relate his own troubled past to his country's turbulent history, with its still unresolved tensions, marked the turning point in his life. Like all social problems, the issue of homelessness has to be addressed on an individual and personal level. The story does not end there however.

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The Day the Poppy Met the Shamrock by Dezi Jay M is available to buy online in its printed edition from CreateSpace.

It is also available to buy in e-Book formats:

  • For the Kindle edition, please visit Amazon
  • Other e-book formats (including ePub and PDF) are available from Smashwords
  • Also available in ePub format from Apple (iTunes) and Kobo.