Magpie: A tender Irish journey into the broken heart of Australia (Paperback)

  1. Magpie: A tender Irish journey into the broken heart of Australia, by Alan Ryan.


He wanted to leave, but she asked if he was staying for the fight. How could he not…


It is February 1990. Jim Macken talks to trees. He dances around the fire and has made peace with the flies. In a bid to escape a mundane life, the broken-hearted Irish backpacker has gone walkabout in the Western Australia Goldfields. The scorched land is hurting. The summer rains never came and the temperatures soar.


On a rare trip to the remote Aurora Inn, the young Irishman watches a tainted icon fall, while another, released from twenty-seven years in prison, walks free.


An assault at the inn brings Jim’s day to a premature close. He sleeps outside across the wide front seat of his beat-up truck. A body lies in the dust. The evidence, much of it manufactured, suggests Jim is a killer and Kelly Porcini, the disillusioned barmaid, is an accessory to murder.


Fearing for their lives, Jim and Kelly, flee into the hostile interior of the continent. Along the way the young couple find a beautiful but damaged country. There is the possibility of love and the opportunity for betrayal. Ultimately, an ancient and indigenous Dreamtime landscape may decide how their stories end.


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reader Reviews

‘Fab book! Real page Turner’

‘Great story. Not your usual type of hero, just an average guy in the wrong place wrong time.’

‘A wonderful read. Captures the desolate landscape of Western Australia so vividly. I need to go Walkabout.

‘An intriguing page-turner, well worth your time, highly recommended.

‘A fantastic read! Beautifully descriptive writing, deftly plotted, with characters to both love and hate. Highly recommend.

‘I highly recommend this gripping book!

‘Great book …enjoyed it.’

‘A cut above the usual.’

‘Loved this book.’

‘This is a fascinating read. Enjoyed it a lot.’


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As with most things in his life, Alan Ryan took his time writing Magpie. The idea first germinated thirty years ago when he lived in a tree. Over the intervening years, Alan experimented with different careers, most notably working as a geologist in Australia. In middle age he took up long distance triathlon. Slow and steady, it suited his temperament. Aged in his forties, he set an Irish Ironman record and has known success at world level. Around this time, he became a father. He lives in Wexford with his wife and two children. When not writing, he paints oil paintings, and still enjoys the odd run, bike or swim. You can catch up on all the latest Magpie news or check out Alan's paintings at Follow him on social media. He welcomes feedback from readers.

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