Fanatic heart

Thomas Keneally

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Summer, 1847. People are getting used to the corpses lying by the road and along the ditches. For John Mitchel – lawyer, journalist, activist, politician – the word ‘famine’ will forever conjure the hollowed faces of Ireland’s dead, the liquid Irish of the past now mute on their tongues. Propelled by disgust at the injustice, Mitchel will do all he can to fight for the destitute, the starved, the forgotten. His odyssey will take him all the way to America – that land of promise – but it will draw him into a terrible paradox, blurring the lines that divide liberation from dispossession and forcing him to ask: can one act of devastating cruelty and oppression prevent another?

ISBN: 9780571387977 Category:

Description

Booker Prize winner Thomas Keneally transports us into the life of John Mitchel, one of the most controversial figures of the fight for Irish independence.

Bringing us on a vivid, page-turning odyssey from Mitchel’s revolutionary origins in the depths of the Great Famine, through exile and a troubling political evolution, the master of historical fiction wrestles with the conflicts at the centre of a complicated legacy.

‘One of the world’s greatest writers.’ Spectator
‘Enlightening . . . Keneally’s descriptive gift comes into exquisite play.’ TLS
‘A gripping and resonant story.’ Financial Times

Additional information

Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

464

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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