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The Family on Paradise Pier

The Family on Paradise Pier

Dermot Bolger

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'A hauntingly beautiful piece of work. Bolger combines the subtlety of a poet with the artistry of a master storyteller' Joseph O'Connor

'Bolger has written his finest novel: his portrait of a lost Anglo-Irish world reaching out into every struggle of the twentieth century is fantastically adventurous' Sebastian Barry, The Guardian

Donegal, 1915: although war rages in Europe the Goold Verschoyle children seem hardly touched by it, with midnight swims, flower fairies and regatta parties forming the backdrop to their enchanted childhood. But cataclysmic events in Spain, Russian, Ireland and London soon wrench the family apart. Art travels to Moscow to witness communism at first hand; Brendan is caught up in the General Strike in England before running away to experience the Spanish Civil War; Eva follows the more conventional route of marriage and family, but dreams of being an artist. Driven by idealism, wracked by argument and united by love and the vivid memories of childhood, the Goold-Verschoyles' incredible lives capture the struggles, hopes and tensions of a generation that must learn to create a new world from the ashes of the past.

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Author Dermot Bolger
Publisher HarperCollins
Publication date 1 Jan 2006
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9780007154104

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