The second part of the Irish epic from the bestselling author of SARUM, RUSSKA, LONDON and DUBLIN.
Edward Rutherfurd was born in England, in the cathedral city of Salisbury. Educated locally, and at the universities of Cambridge, and Stanford, California, he worked in political research, bookselling and publishing. After numerous attempts to write books and plays, he finally abandoned his career in the book trade in 1983, and returned to his childhood home to write Sarum. Four years later, when the book was published, it became an instant international bestseller, remaining 23 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Since then he has written seven more bestsellers- Russka, a novel of Russia; London; The Forest, set in England's New Forest which lies close by Sarum; two novels which cover the story of Ireland from the time just before Saint Patrick to the twentieth century; New York; and Paris. His books have been translated into over twenty languages.
The author bounds excitingly through Irish history...there is much
action, some grinding poverty and violence, and an excitement that
Rutherford keeps racing through 863 pages. His fictional characters
become as vivid as the real life Irish heroes who stride the
plot-cum-history * Daily Express *
This is historical fiction and family saga on a grand scale * The Good Book Guide *
The characters are expertly sketched through the lens of love, loss, rebellion andcommerce...an absorbing and enjoyable read * The Sunday Business Post *
Rutherford delivers on what is promised...(he) handles difficult material accurately and well...his ability to maintain a healthy narrative pace with an engaging popular style distinguishes Ireland Awakening as one of the better epic histprical novels * Evening Herald *
Riveting sequel * The Irish Post *