Leaving Ardglass

William King
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’One of the best novels to have come out of Ireland in a long time. It chronicles not just a personal and spiritual journey but the state of a nation over 40 years. Outstanding.’ - John Boland, Irish Independent

In 1961, MJ Galvin, an Irish building contractor in London, brings over his kid brother, Tom, to join the family business. Educated, sensitive and naive, and destined for the seminary, Tom witnesses a killing, learns about dead men and the start in Camden Town, experiences drunken brawls and the excitement of dancehall nights in the Galtymore.

He faces a decision that will shape his future: will he join his successful brother and make a fortune, or follow an inner voice towards the priesthood? The inner voice prevails, Tom enrols as a seminarian, goes to Rome, becomes a monsignor and is tipped for a bishopric.

But he renounces power and prestige, and is relegated to a quiet country parish disillusioned by the betrayal of principles within his Church as a new century dawns.

This powerful family saga evokes the tensions and transformations within a new Ireland as traditional values give way to consumerism and one man's odyssey becomes everyman's.

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ISBN/EAN 9781843511359
Author William King
Publisher Lilliput Press
Publication date 9 Sep 2009
Format Paperback
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