The Oyster Catcher

Dooleybridge, County Galway: the last place Fiona Clutterbuck expects to end up, alone, on her wedding night.

But after the words ‘I do’ have barely left her mouth, that’s exactly where she is – with only her sequinned shoes and a crashed camper van for company.

One thing is certain: Fi can’t go back. So when the opportunity arises to work for brooding local oyster farmer, Sean Thornton, she jumps at the chance. Now Fi must navigate suspicious locals, jealous rivals and an unpredictable boss if she’s to find a new life, and love, on the Irish coast. And nothing – not even a chronic fear of water  – is going to hold her back.

Join Fi as she learns the rules of the ocean – and picks up a few pearls of Irish wisdom along the way…


Inspiration

My First Taste of Oysters

Posted on 11/12/2014

I remember my first oyster clearly. I think most people do. I wonder why that is? It was New Year’s Eve. The children were young and tucked up in bed. My brother, who’s a chef, had been to the fish market in Cardiff at the end of the day and bought all kinds of wonderful shellfish. There were prawns, mussels, crab claws and…oysters. They looked knarled and knobbly and didn’t seem to promise the wonderful experience that everyone talked about. How could they, looking like that?

Give it a Go

Jo’s tips for food courses

Posted on 08/09/2015

If you’ve ever been tempted to try your hand at shucking an oyster or dabbling in some wine tasting, do have a look at some of these food courses which I’ve taken as part of my research.

http://en.vins-saint-emilion.com/discover-saint-emilions-wines-wine-school

http://www.galwaybayseafoods.com/cookery-courses.html

A heart-warming tale full of Celtic charm, set against a beautiful landscape. What more could you wish for?

Ali McNamara

A perfect pearl of a story. I loved it

Milly Johnson