When as a child those around you are not helping you, but hurting you, sing a song. Such is the message in The Singing Warrior, the haunting, but heart-warming memoir of Irish born Niamh Ni Bhroin, who is now a local resident in De
Bomenbuurt. Niamh (pronounced Neve) has been a regular here at La Buena Vida on the Fahrenheitstraat since we opened six months ago, and I wrote about her story a few months back in Where Everybody Knows Your Name:
One day another regular came in, and I introduced Neve (an Irish woman raising her daughter alone here in the Netherlands) to Maude, and they have become fast friends with a lot in common. We missed Neve the past couple of weeks as she has just returned from a trip to New York City to promote her upcoming book, The Singing Warrior to be published by Summertime Publishing on the 30th of November. I have read an extract of her book and her life journey, and this is a woman who has endured significant pain in her life and yet continues to be one of the sunniest people I have met.
Her tagline for her book is:
The Singing Warrior: Finding Happiness after a past filled with pain
This is a story of survival. Raped inside a wardrobe by the father of one of her school friends when she was just nine years old, an Irish Catholic growing up in Dublin who was called the Whore of Babylon by the nuns because she was left-handed: this was just the beginning of a life of abuse. Singing saved her life and her sanity.
During the holidays Niamh dropped in to hand deliver and sign a copy of her newly published book, and I have been reading it during our recent new year’s trip to Barcelona. It is a well written, emotional journey which will have you laughing and crying while on the same page. It is clear Niamh’s active imagination has helped her throughout her life to look at the sunny side of the situation through song and poems. Her ultimate triumph is well deserved, as she is a deserving soul. Making her life story a public memoir has ultimately been a healing process for her, as she has grown to love herself during her poignant path.
We at La Buena Vida are honored to host a book signing for our newest neighborhood celebrity, Niamh Ni Bhroin, author of The Singing Warrior on Saturday, the 15th of January at 10:00am. The book is now available at Bruna on de Fahrenheitstraat or you can pick up a signed copy at La Buena Vida on the 15th during her book signing for 17,95.
We are located at Fahrenheitstraat 582 The Hague. Please join us to celebrate Niamh’s success!
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