Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

Love and Summer – William Trevor

 Long Listed for the Booker Prize 2009 Love and Summer begins with a funeral. A mysterious stranger arrives and starts to photograph the mourners. A few of the guests spot him and are wary, especially because the deceased is said to own half the town. The plot builds slowly, through the observations of several members of […]

Brooklyn – Colm Tóibín

 Long listed for the Booker prize 2009 Brooklyn is a gentle story about a young woman emigrating from a small town in Ireland to Brooklyn in the 1950s. The writing is very simple and the plot basic, but this meant it could be read very quickly. The book captures the nostalgia of someone who leaves […]

Reading in the Dark – Seamus Deane

Short Listed for the Booker Prize 1996 Reading in the Dark is set during the troubled times of Ireland, between 1945 and 1961. The story is told through the eyes of a young boy growing up within the violence, under strict Catholic parents. The unnamed boy has to deal with family secrets, and his mother becoming […]

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha – Roddy Doyle

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha won the Booker Prize in 1993. It is the first Roddy Doyle book I have read, so I didn’t really know what to expect.  It follows Paddy Clarke, as he grows up in 1960’s Dublin, witnessing the break down of his parent’s marriage He has a real talent for being able […]