Ciarán Mc Menamin The Sunken Road


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

Most men came back from the Great War expecting to find a land fit for heroes. Francie Leonard came back to a land fit for another war.

Francie, Archie and Annie grow up together in the beautiful countryside of Fermanagh. But in 1914, the boys are seduced by the drama of the war in Europe and leave the village to join up, despite Francie ending up as the only Catholic in an entirely Protestant regiment. Before they leave, Francie swears to Annie that he won't come home without Archie.

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 reason why Archie never came back.

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

About the Author

Ciarán 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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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 *

Ciaran 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

[A] violent and tender story where memorable characters battle love, loyalty and the terrible truths of war
- Eithne Farry * Daily Mail *


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