Saturday, 21 October 2017
Footsteps in the Dew
The author spent his early childhood living in the community of Dolla which is in Tipperary.
This is the third novel in his trilogy, the other titles in it include The Early Morning Light and A New Day Dawning.
In many ways this book continues in the fine tradition of Irish storytelling, with his ability to evoke an Ireland of former, less technologically damaged times between the two World Wars.
You'll read of the relationships between Catholicism and other denominations such as Protestantism and Quakerism, of the changes in society, of the changing roles of men and women, even in those distant times, as Ireland was subjected to the changes that were sweeping over the world in one way or another.
The story deals with issues that were a part of the dichotomy of life in Ireland, including Nationalism, the commoners and the gentry, illegitimacy, the malign influence of the nuns and their "laundries" and tales of family relationships, of adventures, murders and also of love and romance.
It is a gently humorous and deeply humane novel and will make a great Christmas gift for lovers of the works of this author.
It is published by Matador at £12.99 and can be bought here https://goo.gl/wdCFDG.