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Ireland
Frank Delaney

Classification : General & Literary Fiction
Pub Date : Aug 25, 2005
Imprint : Time Warner Paperbacks
Page Extent : 496
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780751535259
Price : 799

About the book
One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced and mysterious at a house in the Irish countryside. By the November fireside he begins to tell the story of this extraordinary land. One of his listeners, a nine-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves, he devotes his life to finding him again. It is a search that uncovers both passions and mysteries, in his own life as well as the old man's, and their solving becomes the thrilling climax to this tale. But the life of this boy is more than just his story: it is also the telling of a people, the narrative of a nation, the history of Ireland in all its drama, intrigue and heroism.
IRELAND travels through the centuries by way of story after story, from the savage grip of the Ice Age to the green and troubled land of tourist brochures and news headlines. Along the way, we meet foolish kings and innocent monks, god-heroes and great works of art, shrewd Norman raiders and envoys from Rome, leaders, poets and lovers. Each illuminates the magic of Ireland, the power of England and the eternal connection to the land.
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'Frank Delaney's latest book celebrates the Irish storyteller and readers of the novel will not only be told a good story themselves, but they will also learn a great deal about Irish history along the way' WOMAN'S WAY
'A very earnest and ambitious novel' TLS
'IRELAND: A NOVEL is a big, rich read, full to bursting with bright shining moments and events, following the quite often painful trail of Ireland's history . . . as an entertaining introduction to this island's multi-coloured past it won't be bested. Go on, go out and buy it and find out how much you didn't know' IRISH EXAMINER
'Multi-talented Frank Delaney has come up with a weighty tome here and it is a masterpiece. The story of a boy who is so impressed by an itinerant storyteller that he makes it his mission to find this man again. Interwoven with this is the fascinating history of the country. Unputdownable' ABERDEEN EVENING EXPRESS
'Beautifully written, IRELAND is a treasure trove of narrative that blends myth, history and memory . . . Frank Delaney's descriptions are vivid and his characters memorable, particularly the mythic Storyteller. A master craftsman who knows his homeland and her people, Delaney ingeniously sums up what it is to be Irish. This ambitious novel is moving and memorable and will tug at your heartstrings long after you turn the last page' RTE GUIDE
'[Delaney] is a natural-born storyteller . . . You can see why Irish people have embraced this novel' IRISH WORLD
'Full of drama, passion, intrigue and heroism, it's a fascinating portrait of a beguiling country' CHOICE
'One of the most engaging, enjoyable reads I have come across all year . . . Delaney's triumph is to engage us simultaneously in the general and the particular. The historical, folkloric, mythical sense of Ireland, though always lively in its telling, is equalled and finally overwhelmed by the mounting drama of Ronan's life . . . The central characters are engaging, the plot intriguing and believable, and the book - which is often beautifully written - concludes with a thwack of satisfaction, the equal of anything in the storyteller's repertoire' SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
'If only all history books were written by Frank Delaney. He adopts the discipline of meticulous research and historical fact in his latest novel, Ireland, but he has the ability to hook the reader into the dialogue and so enables one to visualise events that took place centuries ago . . . the writing flows effortlessly. It's a big book and a big slice of Ireland to enjoy. Take time to step into the pages and become involved with the people' IRISH NEWS
     
Frank Delaney
A BBC presenter for over 5 years, Delaney is considered 'one of the best loved broadcasters in Britain' (Times). Born in Ireland but now New York-based, he wrote James Joyce's Odyssey, a Top 5 non-...(+)
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