'Take the pleasure and forget the pain', Mary tells Arthur, who has been left at his cousins' farm in Co. Down in 1939. It is a philosophy that plunges her into undreamed of consequences, while the boy, who turns to her for comfort when he is homesick, becomes caught up in a conflict of love. For unknown to the rest of the household, it has another inhabitant....
The writing is assured and detailed. The centre of the novel is Arthur. With great skill the author delineates the sudden push into adulthood before he is ready, a betrayal of childish trust which is at the heart of many adult uncertainties. A Season of Lamplight displays depth and subtlety in its plot development and characterisation. One is quickly absorbed into the emotions and actions of the characters and the story carries one along with a concern to know what happens next.' Tony Fleck (Former Head of the Independent BroadcastingAuthority, N. Ireland)
`It was a novel that would keep you reading from beginning to end. . . Downtown Radio (N. Ireland)
`It would make a marvellous play or TV drama.' BBC Radio Ulster `
`Vaughan makes an auspicious debut with an intriguing and moving story. While the issues, and some of the characters, are reminiscent of L.P. Hartley's The Go Between, the character of Arthur is drawn with a particularly sensitive hand. The tone and setting are just right.' PublishersWeekly (USA)
`The best of three first novels with a film-type approach that is well done.' TheGuardian.
‘A racy read.’ SundayTelegraph
‘The author has a thorough knowledge of the countryside and its tensions: his book is skilfully written and exciting to read.’ Contemporary Review
`The writer has captured elements of Ireland which convey its haunting Celtic qualities . . . the characters and situations are very real, the novel moves gently but quickly through an interaction of tenderness, humour, love and tragedy.' Gifted EducationInternational
Among early, widely praised titles from Tabb House are biographies including THE SLENDER TREE: a Life of Alice Meynell by June Badeni; also A RADICAL ARISTOCRAT: Sir William Molesworth of Pencarrow by Alison Adburgham (republished in paperback in 2007); and MUSIC IN THE AIR, the memoirs of a classical musician, Clifton Helliwell.