Ireland (Mass Market)

A Novel

By Frank Delaney

Avon, 9780060563493, 672pp.

Publication Date: February 28, 2006

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (1/31/2005)
Paperback (2/5/2008)
CD-Audio (9/13/2011)
Compact Disc (2/1/2005)
Hardcover (2/15/2005)

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In the winter of 1951, a storyteller arrives at the home of nine-year-old Ronan O'Mara in the Irish countryside. The last practitioner of an honored, centuries-old tradition, the Seanchai enthralls his assembled audience for three evenings running with narratives of foolish kings and fabled saints, of enduring accomplishments and selfless acts -- until he is banished from the household for blasphemy and moves on. But these three incomparable nights have changed young Ronan forever, setting him on the course he will follow for years to come -- as he pursues the elusive, itinerant storyteller . . . and the magical tales that are no less than the glorious saga of his tenacious, troubled, and extraordinary isle.

About the Author

Frank Delaney was born in Tipperary, Ireland. A career in broadcasting earned him fame across the United Kingdom. A judge for the Booker Prize, several of his nonfiction books were bestsellers in the UK, and he writes frequently for American and British publications. He now lives with his wife, Diane Meier, in New York and Connecticut. Ireland is his first novel to be published in the United States.

Praise For Ireland: A Novel

“History, legend, memory and myth come seamlessly together in Frank Delaney’s wonderfully engaging new novel, Ireland.”
— Washington Post

“An epic novel of history and storytelling.”
— U.S. News & World Report

“Delaney gracefully collects essential myths—and invents a few, too—in his heartfelt ode to the oral tradition.”
— Entertainment Weekly

“Dramatic, adventurous, heroic, romantic, slyly comic ... imaginatively [tells] the history of Ireland.”
— Philadelphia Inquirer

“In the end, IRELAND is, as the Irish themselves are fond of saying about everything from cabbage to castles, brilliant.”
— San Antonio Express-News

“Miraculous ... As befits its title, IRELAND touches the heart and moves the soul.”
— Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Extraordinary … Delaney is such a fabulous storyteller that the 560 pages fly by.”
— Connecticut Post

“Delaney has written an epic novel on the history of Ireland....He’s a born storyteller.”
— Hartford Courant

“A sprawling, riveting read ... the stories utterly captivate this rich and satisfying book.”
— Publishers Weekly

“A vivid rendering of Irish history.. reminiscent of the best of James Michener in scope and sheer crowd-pleasing potential.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Highly recommended … fans of Edward Rutherford’s historical sagas will love it.”
— Library Journal (Starred Review)

“A remarkable achievement....Frank Delaney has written a beautiful book.”
— Edward Rutherfurd, New York Times bestselling author of LONDON and THE PRINCES OF IRELAND

“An absolute masterpiece. With this extraordinary novel Frank Delaney joins the ranks of the greatest of Irish writers.”
— Jack Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of Edge of Danger

“If you’re a lover of Irish myths and history, there are rich pickings here.”
— The Guardian