The Naming of Eliza Quinn
By (author) Carol Birch
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Naming of Eliza Quinn by Carol Birch
Book DescriptionThis is an extraordinarily haunting novel, inspired by a true story. In the late 1960s, in the hollow of an ancient oak tree beyond a derelict cottage in Cork, were found the bones of a three-year-old girl. It was thought that they dated back to the time of the great potato famine of the mid 1800s. The bones were discovered by an American woman, who had inherited the cottage which had lain empty and broken for forty years. Local searches reveal that the house had originally belonged to The Quinns. Eliza Quinn was their baby. This is a story that speaks of generations and of landscapes: abandoned villages, famine graves, old potato ridges sinking back into the earth, traces of a population that fell by two and a half million in less than ten years. It is also about hunger, both physical and emotional. But above all, it is the story of the Quinn family. And it is Carol Birch's tour de force. 'Deeply rooted humanity and highly intelligent understanding of the simulataneous complexity and simplicity of individual lives' Alex Clark. TLS
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844081462
(198mm x 127mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 3-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Carol Birch
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The dazzling new novel, evoking the strange and thrilling world of the Victorian carnival, from the Man Booker-shortlisted author of Jamrach's Menagerie
Life in the Palace, Paperback (May 2011)
* A reissue of Carol Birch's lively, compassionate first novel: winner of the 1988 David Higham Award - a hard-edged and often very funny story of love, death and survival.
Little Sister, Paperback (May 2011)» View all books by Carol Birch
*From this award-winning author, a powerful novel about the love and rivalry that is the bond between sisters
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Author Biography - Carol Birch
Carol Birch was born in Manchester. Author of seven novels, she has won the David Higham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was longlisted for the 2003 ManBooker Prize. She lives in Lancaster.
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