Declan O'Rourke The Pawnbroker's Reward


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1846. County Cork. On the barren outskirts of Macroom, Pádraig and Cáit ua Buachalla face a perilous winter after the failure of their blighted crop. At the centre of town, pawnbroker Cornelius Creed sees the poor in their darkest hour, his shop often being their last stop
on the way to the workhouse.

Their stories, and those of many others, are woven into a powerful account of the Great Famine's grip on a
single Irish town.

At once epic and intimate, this meticulously researched, multi-layered work from one of Ireland's best-loved songwriter's delivers a rich, lyrical debut based on real lives and events from this defining moment in Ireland's history.

'A powerful and gripping piece
of writing from a born storyteller.' Joseph O'Connor.

'The narrative is just like his singing voice, full of powerful strength and
compassion.' Michael Harding.

'Lucid, lovingly-written and lyrical.' Professor Christine Kinealy.

About the Author

Declan O’Rourke’s artistry has been described as ‘proffering reassurance in the face of inevitable sorrow’ by Jon Pareles, chief music critic of the New York Times. ‘Galileo’ was described by Paul Weller as the song he most wished he’d written from the past 30 years.

Other notable fans of O’Rourke are the Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, Imelda May, Pete Townshend and Eddi Reader, who described Declan as ‘one of the finest songwriters on the planet’.

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