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The Sunken Road by Ciaran McMenamin

The Sunken Road

Ciaran McMenamin

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Imprint: Harvill Secker
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 18 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781787301900

'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.

4 stars out of 5
1 Mar 2021

"The violence in The Sunken Road is unceasing"

Ciarán McMenamin’s excellent, gripping second novel, The Sunken Road, is a frequently brutal war story, a fictional recreation of the last important battle in the Irish struggle for independence, a powerful reflection on complex Irish loyalties, divisions and identities, a romantic drama, and a page-turning thriller. The action switches chapter by chapter between earlier scenes of Francie, Archie and their comrades in the trenches, fields and towns of France in 1915-1916, and Francie and Annie’s later escape from Crozier over the countryside before they enter a fierce gunfight between Irish and British forces on the disputed Donegal-Fermanagh border.

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