A History of Loneliness

A History of Loneliness

Fiction, General Fiction
Paperback Published on: 07/05/2015
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Odran Yates enters Clonliffe Seminary in 1972 after his mother informs him that he has a vocation to the priesthood. He goes in full of ambition and hope, dedicated to his studies and keen to make friends.

Forty years later, Odran’s devotion has been challenged by the revelations that have shattered the Irish people’s faith in the church. He has seen friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed and has become nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insulting remarks.

But when a family tragedy opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within a once respected institution and recognise his own complicity in their propagation.
It has taken John Boyne fifteen years and twelve novels to write about his home country of Ireland but he has done so now in his most powerful novel to date, a novel about blind dogma and moral courage, and about the dark places where the two can meet. At once courageous and intensely personal, A History of Loneliness confirms Boyne as one of the most searching chroniclers of his generation.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780552778435
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Weight: 329g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 29 mm

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A History of Loneliness
A magnificent achievement
The events unfolding over the last five years concerning sexual abuse has seen the emergence of a bitter and enraged public calling for justice to be seen ... READ MORE
A History of Loneliness
This is a book that is harsh yet so so powerful.
When Odran Yates' father and young brother drowned off a beach during a family holiday, his life changed completely. This was the day when his family turne... READ MORE
Anne Cater
A History of Loneliness
An important story
This book is very unique in the sense that it touches upon the true story of what happened to the Catholic Church and Priesthood in Ireland; in the last tw... READ MORE
Penelope Lavender
A History of Loneliness
Powerfully written
John Boynes writing is extraordinary-he has the ability to weave together the most powerful characters and tell some painful truths. I hadn’t read his wor... READ MORE
Sherrylyn  Peck
A History of Loneliness
A Heart Breaking Insight Into a Dark Period of Ireland's History
I am a huge John Boyne fan! After reading The Heart's Invisible Furies earlier this year, I fell in love with his storytelling and I have read 4 of his oth... READ MORE
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A History of Loneliness
I normally take forever to finish a book, but this one was so well written with an intriguing plot that I couldn't help but race though it. This is the se... READ MORE
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