Released on 05 August 2011.

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2012 Short-listed

James Tait Black Prize for Fiction

2012 Winner

Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize

2011 Short-listed

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year


‘A wonderful novel. I was deeply moved. Outstanding.’ John Boyne

Mark Casey did not expect to fall in love. But from the minute he saw Joanne Lynch across the garden of a Dublin pub, it seemed that nothing else was possible.

But Mark is also drawn back – guiltily – to his family and the land they have farmed for generations, and when he discovers the truth behind a family feud, it threatens to destroy this passionate love affair.

‘A novel of quiet power, filled with moments of carefully-told truth’ Colm Tóibín

‘Elegant, consuming and richly inspired. Superb.’ Colum McCann

‘Powerful and beautifully paced . . . I was totally gripped.’ Catherine O’Flynn