Niall Williams & Christine Breen In Kiltumper: A Year in an Irish Garden


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'Poignant ... A meditation on life, love and the importance of nature' - IRISH TIMES

When they were in their twenties, Niall Williams and Christine Breen made the impulsive decision to leave New York City and move to Christine's ancestral home in the town of Kiltumper in rural Ireland. In the decades that followed, the pair dedicated themselves to writing, gardening and living a life that followed the rhythms of the earth.

In 2019, with Christine in the final stages of recovery from cancer and the surrounding land threatened by the arrival of turbines, Niall and Christine decided to document a year - in words and Christine's drawings - of living in their garden and in their small corner of a rapidly changing world. Proceeding month by month through the year, this is the story of a garden in all its many splendours, and a couple who have made their life observing its wonders.

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'Moving and surprisingly provocative... This couple's narrative is more than a January-December chronicle, it is the result of decades of care ... In Kiltumper is as much a book about thecherishing of a marriage as it is about the love of a place ...A heartfelt paean to a disappearing way of life'
- Dominique Browning, Wall Street Journal

'A record, both honest and beautiful, of a sustainable but precarious way of life'
- Claire Connolly, Times Literary Supplement

'Poignant ... A meditation on life, love and the importance of nature'
- Brian Maye, Irish Times

'Beautifully written...Awonderfully lyrical and uplifting read'
- Dermot Bolger, Sunday Business Post

'An absorbing and thought-provoking read'
- Diarmuid Gavin, Irish Independent

'Anintimate, meditativegarden memoir'
- Hilary White, Sunday Independent

'While the events chronicled rarely move beyond the garden, and while the descriptions areso intimate they almost elicit grieffor the dying cherry tree andspark exhortationsto the dahlias to hold on to their heavy heads, it is the gardeners' personalities thatbloom'
- Caroline O'Doherty, Irish Independent

'The small Kiltumper acreage is detailed with a sense ofwonderand ofpleasure... Chapter after chapter is enhanced withexquisitepencil drawings ...Frequently quotable, always eloquent ... This is a bookfull of joy, warmly rich with accomplishment and wonderand a strong sense of mutual commitment'
- Mary Leland, Irish Examiner

'Arresting...Remarkable... This book, in Seamus Heaney's phrase,catches the heart off guard ... Uncommonly magical...Read it and be restored to yourself'
- Cahir O'Doherty, Irish Central

'Ilovedtheir two voices,truthful and gentle and generous, so full of care for their land and for each other ... A record of how deeply life can be lived within a garden's walls'
- Georgina Harding


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