Deals with the cultural history of the generation who transformed Ireland. This book was the winner of the times Literary Supplement Books of the Year and Observer Books of the year 2014. It surveys the lives and beliefs of the people who made the Irish Revolution: linked together by youth, radicalism, subversive activities, enthusiasm and love.
Gerald O'Donovan's novel Vocations (1921) is set in a small town in late Victorian Ireland, and is a searing indictment of treating young women like commodities, in the marriage market or the market in nuns.
She isn't pregnant, her husband is gone and her beloved dog is dead. But she knows she might risk losing the baby forever. Anna McPartlin's new novel is a powerful and poignant exploration of motherhood, filled with unique and unforgettable characters, as funny as it is moving, and as poignant as it is wise.