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  • Published: 18 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473573383
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272
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The Sunken Road




A powerful and gripping novel about love, loyalty and obsession set during WWI and the Irish Civil War.

'Tremendous' William Boyd

A powerful and gripping novel about love, loyalty and obsession set during World War One and the Irish War of Independence.

Francie, Archie and Annie grew up playing together in the hills and rivers of Fermanagh. But in 1914, the boys are seduced by the drama of the war in Europe and leave the village to join up. Before they leave, Francie swears to Annie that he'll keep her little brother safe.

Six years later Francie is hiding out in the barn of Annie's house. He hasn't seen her since that day. He's on the run, a wanted man in the war for independence that is still igniting along the border. And the British officer who is obsessively pursuing him is his old commander from the Western Front. To reach safety Francie will need Annie's help getting over the border, and that means he'll have to confront the truth about why Archie never came back.

Powerfully gripping, Ciaran McMenamin's accomplished novel explores loyalty, love, heroism and the heartbreaking cost of violence.

  • Published: 18 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473573383
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272
Categories:

About the author

Ciaran McMenamin

Ciaran McMenamin was born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, in 1975. A graduate of the RSAMD, he has worked extensively for the past twenty years as an actor in film, television and theatre. His acclaimed first novel, Skintown, was a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick.

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Praise for The Sunken Road

McMenamin writes with verve and honesty

Irish Times

Ciarán McMenamin confirms his exceptional talent with this admirably powerful and authentic novel about the First World War and the struggle for Irish independence. Tremendous.

William Boyd

It's gorgeously written, it's cracking, it runs along with great vivid passages.'

Rick O'Shea, Top Picks for 2021

A masterful depiction of the human cost of war...reveals how even in the worst of horrors, and against all the odds, love can survive. McMenamin writes with a passionate intensity.

David Park

[A] violent and tender story where memorable characters battle love, loyalty and the terrible truths of war

Eithne Farry, Daily Mail

There is a smooth grace to his prose, and, though it's an historical novel, it's written in a modern style, jumping between past and present timelines in a way that feels immediate and filmic...The tension between the compulsions of history and circumstance, and personal moral choice, are played out compellingly

Irish Independent

Excellent, gripping...a powerful reflection on complex loyalties, divisions and identities, a romantic drama and a page-turning thriller

Irish Times

Ambitious and powerful...superbly drawn...a stirring novel broad in location and historical sweep...within a tradition that includes O'Connor, Liam O'Flaherty, Sebastian Barry and Frank McGuinness... Paramount in this tradition is the need to expose the big lies, to help us to see the conflict with fresh eyes - and on all of these counts, McMenamin's ambitious novel scores big

Sunday Times

This gripping novel shifts between [the] race to the south and a slow reveal of what happened between the three men on the Western Front...McMenamin never puts a foot wrong, expertly interweaving the historical and the imagined, right up to his masterly denouement

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