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Racy novel causes a stir on Irish border

A racy novel set along the Donegal and Fermanagh border is flying off the shelves as locals search for clues to the identity of its characters.

First-time author and retired dentist Pat McEniff from Bundoran, Co Donegal, has whet appetites by revealing that the thriller is loosely based on fact.

McEniff, a brother of hoteliers Sean and Brian, has woven a tale which includes sex, spying and terrorism.

The novel ‘Thelma's People', is for sale in just five shops in the neighbouring Donegal towns of Bundoran and Ballyshannon, and the town of Belleek just across the border in Co Fermanagh.

Mr McEniff and his unidentified joint author ‘Marita Mulcahy', claim the fictional book, which puts a senior RUC officer's Protestant wife, Thelma, in bed with a Catholic gravedigger, is “very loosely based on fact”.

People in Donegal and Fermanagh are convinced they can recognise the characters.

But Mr McEniff claimed: “None of these people exist, except in my imagination”.

Only 1,000 copies of the book were printed and more than 300 copies have been sold in a week. Mr McEniff said Easons were reading the book before making a decision on whether or not to stock it.

Belfast Telegraph

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