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For Ruby Blake, there seems to be no happily ever after...

When Ruby Blake applies to the Catholic Church for an annulment, little does she realise how this one application will change her life forever.

Marriage to Eamonn Blake had been her dream.

Falling in love with him almost at first sight, her dreams finally came true when she became Mrs. Blake.

Supported by her best friends, Judy, Brenda and Marjory, her wedding couldn't have been a more special day.

So what could have gone so terribly wrong with their marriage, for Ruby to apply for an annulment?

Eamonn simply can't understand Ruby's actions.

How could she do this to him?

But for Ruby, the marriage has been nothing more than a scam from start to finish.

Father Ebb is in charge of hearing both sides of the story, and then submitting the request to Rome, where the final decision on annulment is to be made.

Ruby, fully convinced their marriage was a sham, is desperate to convince the Church that their marriage wasn't anything more than a piece of paper.

However, her reasons for this conviction do not match those of the Church.

Never has Father Ebb heard of marriage in such terms. But she's right, isn't she? To some extent at least!

Ruby's application, unintentionally, affects the lives of those around her, including Father Ebb ...

Is her marriage really over? Or perhaps it's just the beginning... .?

With a compelling blend of insight and humour, Null & Void takes you on a journey of self-discovery.

Praise for Catherine Barry

"Vivid, honest and brave" - Deirdre Purcell

Catherine Barry was born on 2nd January 1963 on the North side of Dublin. She is a poet, short story writer, playwright and novelist. Her books have been translated and published in many other European countries. Catherine has also written several plays two of which have gone to stage. Her short play 'The Deal' was staged in The Irish Cultural Center in Paris in June 2015 to commemorate W.B. Yeats 150th Birthday.
As the annulment process progresses, Father Ebb becomes more and more convinced of his own views in relation to the Blake's marriage. Ruby, has her own demons to fight, and with Father Ebb's support, she is able to confront them.


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Hardback Editions

October 2004 : UK Hardback

Title: NULL & VOID
ISBN: 1-84395-477-X / 978-1-84395-477-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Imprint unknown
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Paperback Editions

October 2016 : Paperback

Title: Null & Void
Author(s): Catherine Barry
ISBN: 1-5395-0882-X / 978-1-5395-0882-3
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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July 2003 : UK Paperback

Title: Null and Void
Author(s): Catherine Barry
ISBN: 1-903650-22-4 / 978-1-903650-22-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books/TownHouse
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Kindle Editions

September 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Null and Void
Author(s): Catherine Barry
Publisher: Endeavour Press
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