Once Upon a Hill
Love in Troubled Times
By (author) Glenn Patterson
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Once Upon a Hill by Glenn Patterson
Book DescriptionAt the heart of Once Upon a Hill are the author's grandparents, Jack and Kate, whose sedate old age belies the turmoil of their early life together, and apart - they had to wait ten years to marry. For Glenn Patterson trying to make sense of this small-town life in a family dominated by a formidable matriarch becomes a detective story written against the reluctance of surviving family members to talk and the simple erosion of memory. It becomes, too, a revelation of how much his own life - not least his own mixed marriage - has been shaped by events decades before he was born. So Once Upon a Hill is part memoir, part all-of-themoir. It is the story of what happens when history tries to squeeze itself into a town of ten thousand people, most of them related somewhere down the line. It is about the consequences of violence and the conditions required for love to survive. It is a story of frailty, fortitude, and finally forgiveness.* *With footnotes.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780747581604
(216mm x 135mm x mm)
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Glenn Patterson
Glenn Patterson was born in Belfast in 1961 and studied for a Creative Writing MA at UEA, taught by Malcolm Bradbury. He is author of five novels. His first, Burning Your Own (1988), won a Betty Trask Award and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Glenn Patterson has been Writer in Residence at the Universities of East Anglia, Cork and Queen's University, Belfast.
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