Declan O’Rourke’s award-winning album, Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine, was released to critical acclaim in 2017. It illuminated an extraordinary series of eye-witness accounts, including the story of Pádraig and Cáit ua Buachalla. Four years on, in Declan’s meticulously researched literary debut, the story of the ua Buachalla family is woven into a powerful, multilayered work showing us the famine as it happened through the lens of a single town – Macroom, Co. Cork – and its environs.

Local pawnbroker Cornelius Creed is at the juncture between the classes. Sensitive and empathetic, he is a voice on behalf of the poor, and his story is entwined with that of Pádraig ua Buachalla. Through these characters – utilising local history and documentary evidence - Declan creates a kaleidoscopic view of this defining moment in Ireland’s history.

'A powerful and gripping piece of writing from a born storyteller.' Joseph O’Connor

‘The narrative is just like his singing voice, full of powerful strength and compassion.’ Michael Harding

‘Lucid, lovingly-written and lyrical.’ Professor Christine Kinealy

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ISBN/EAN 9780717186327
Author Declan O’Rourke
Publisher Gill Books
Publication date 31 Oct 2020
Format Hardback
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The Pawnbroker's Reward (Famine Trilogy Book 1) Hardback

Declan O’Rourke
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Declan’s meticulously researched literary debut, the story of the ua Buachalla family is woven into a powerful, multilayered work showing us the famine as it happened.

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