Welcome to my world.


Through Streets Broad and Narrow.




The saga of Ivy Rose Murphy begins with Through Streets Broad and Narrow. The books are about Dublin the city I was born and grew up in. It’s not my Dublin though. It’s the Dublin of my parents.

Who knew all those hours of being told to sit there and shut up would reap rewards. Children were meant to be ‘seen and not heard’. Adults seemed to truly believe we couldn’t understand their spoken word.

Well, guess what. I understood every word said.

When I sat down to write these books I discovered I had a fount of background information available to me in all of those gossip sessions I was forced to sit through.

Ha’penny Chance follows Ivy and her friends around Dublin. She is determined to improve her lot in life – if only people would let her.


The Ha’penny Place is the third book in the series.


21 Responses to Through Streets Broad and Narrow.

  1. Gemma says:

    Thanks so much Bridget.

    My second book will be out in June of 2014. I’m hoping Poolbeg will allow me to spend more time in Ivy’s world. This is a new development for the publishers as to my knowledge no one else does a serial about Dublin life.

    I love Ivy’s world and feel as if she stands over my shoulder shouting at me to hurry up and tell the story.That probably sounds like I’m a nut case. Ah, well not to worry I’d always planned to grow old disgracefully.

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Through Streets Broad and Narrow. It’s impossible to explain how much it means to a writer to be told that someone paid good money for her book and enjoyed entering her world. Thank you.

    Happy New Year.

    Gemma Jackson

  2. Nora Nordan says:

    I bought your book at Dublin Airport yesterday to read on the plane back to Oslo. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the sequel. I have become intrigued by all your characters and hope you will tie up all the loose ends and answer all the questions I have about how life will treat them in the future. I feel as if I could personally have known some of them. I’m an expat Northside Dubliner, and from my childhood I remember the tenements on Gardiner Street, although I lived further out. I remember the feisty women traders on Henry Street, Moore Street and Coles Lane. Reading your book was a bit like revisiting those days. Thank you for a great book and good luck with the nextvone

    • Gemma says:

      Good Morning Nora,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to come in here and comment on my book. It’s lovely to hear from people who’ve enjoyed entering my world.

      I grew up listening to the stories about ‘old’ Dublin. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to re-create a little bit of the world I’d heard so much about. It’s lovely to see Dublin grow and stretch but I have to admit sometimes I miss the sense of neighbourhood that used to exist in the city center.

      I hope to continue writing about Ivy and friends for a very long time.

      Again, thank you for taking the time to visit. I appreciate it.

      Gemma Jackson

  3. gillian wall says:

    fab book.couldnt recommend it highly enough.cant wait for next one

    • Gemma says:

      Thank you so much Gillian. It’s so wonderful to have people take the time to visit this page and comment on my book. I honestly feel sheer delight that you’ve taken the time to share your opinion of my world on here.



  4. Wendy says:

    What a wonderful read, any dates yet for the follow up book

    • Gemma says:

      Wendy, thank you so much for the kind comments. My manuscript is with the publishers but no news yet as to dates. I’m busy writing the next book and keeping my fingers crossed.

      Again, thank you for taking the time to come in here and comment.


  5. Liz Harris says:

    What a lovely website, Gemma – it’s clear and easy to use.

    Good luck with your novel: it sounds extremely interesting!

    Liz X

  6. Marie-Laure D. says:

    I am French, back from two weeks in Dublin where I discovered your book. I loved it! I am looking forward to reading the next one. Congratulations.

    • Gemma says:

      Good Morning Marie-Laure,

      Mercy Buckets, which is how we Dubliners pronounce a French thank you. I’m thrilled you enjoyed my book and lost in admiration of your willingness to read a book not in your native language. I speak French but have to struggle through the written word. I’m deeply impressed.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me you enjoyed my book. The reaction of readers is such a joy to me.


      Gemma Jackson

  7. Gemma says:

    Thanks Cathy, I’m still dancing on the ceiling.


  8. Gemma says:

    Good Morning Edwina,

    What wonderful comments. It’s such a great feeling to have people give their opinion of my ‘world’. I sometimes feel as if I could turn around and Ivy would be standing behind me waiting for the kettle to boil.

    The fact that you would take the time to visit my site and say such gratifying things has made my day.

    Thank you.

    Gemma Jackson

  9. Genny Stevens says:

    I’ve just finished reading through streets broad and narrow, and was disappointed that it’s only just been published because I cannot wait to read more of you!! I was hoping I’d stumbled upon a wonderful series about Ivy and went looking for this rest of the books. No pressure though! Lol.
    I had such an enjoyable time reading the book and can’t wait to find out more about Ivy, annemarie, Emmy, the connections to Ivy’s mothers family, and the story behind the Priests hatred of her more.
    Thank you!

    • Gemma says:

      Genny, thank you so much for taking the time to come in here and comment. Through Streets is my first published novel after years of trying. The second in the series is already with the publisher but as to a date of publication, who knows.

      I grew up in The Lane, it’s a real place in Dublin. I intend to write many more books about Ivy and pals, God willing. Hope you continue to read them.

      Again, thank you so much. This is so exciting to me. A real person likes my books. What a thrill.

      Gemma Jackson

  10. Helen Phifer says:

    Hi Gemma, congratulations on your publication 🙂 I’m a fellow RNA member and soon to be published, it’s such a stressful time but I’m sure it will be worth it and can’t wait to hear more of your story and read your book.

    Helen x

    • Gemma says:

      Helen, thanks for checking in here. If you look at where I live, it’s heaven but I feel really isolated right now. ROMNA and the RNA have truly been a God send to me. I’ve just checked out out another writer’s site and my word she’s done so much. I didn’t put that much about myself on here but I’m learning.

      What’s the story on your book?

  11. Ruth Huber says:

    BIG CONGRATULATIONS, Gemma, I can’t wait to read your first book!

    • Gemma says:

      Ruth, can you privately send my your mailing address. I want to send you a signed copy.

      • Lorraine Hossington says:

        Hi Gemma, I am so thrilled for you. Enjoy all the attention, look forward to the release of your novel.
        It is so lovely to hear your news.
        Lorraine x

        • Gemma says:

          Thanks a lot and thank you for popping in here. I have been checking out the blog spots of other ROMNA members and have become intimadated.

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