Author(s): Frank Delaney
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. First published 2004.
'A beautiful book' EDWARD RUTHERFURD * 'An absolute masterpiece. With this extraordinary novel, Frank Delaney joins the ranks of the greatest of Irish writers' JACK HIGGINS *'Hugely entertaining, truly epic and quite irresistible' SUNDAY INDEPENDENT *'If you're a lover of Irish myths and history, there are rich pickings here' GUARDIAN '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
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, THE CELTS and BETJEMAN COUNTRY, all Top 5 non-fiction bestsellers in b