The triumphant conclusion to Tim Robinson’s extraordinary Connemara trilogy, which Robert Macfarlane has called ‘one of the most remarkable non-fiction projects undertaken in English’.
Robinson writes about the people, places and history of south Connemara – one of Ireland’s last Gaelic-speaking enclaves – with the encyclopaedic knowledge of a cartographer and the grace of a born writer. From the man who has been praised in the highest terms by Joseph O’Connor (‘One of contemporary Ireland’s finest literary stylists”), John Burnside (‘one of the finest of contemporary prose stylists’), Fintan O’Toole (‘Simply one of the best non-fiction prose writers currently at work’) and Giles Foden (‘an indubitable classic’), among many others, this is one of the publishing events of 2011 and the conclusion of one of the great literary projects of our time.
‘One of the greatest writers of lands … No one has disentangled the tales the stones of Ireland have to tell so deftly and retold them so beautifully’ Fintan O’Toole
‘He is that rarest of phenomena, a scientist and an artist, and his method is to combine scientific rigour with artistic reverie in a seamless blend that both informs and delights.’ John Banville, Guardian
‘The Proust & Ruskin of modern place-writing, deep-mapper of Irish landscapes, visionary thinker, and human of exceptional intellectual generosity & kindness. He was an immense inspiration to & encourager of me & my work’ Robert Macfarlane
‘A masterpiece of travel and topographical writing, and an incomparable and enthralling meditation on times past … This perfectly pitched work opens readers up to the world around them’ Sunday Times
‘Will endure into the far future … He knows this world as no one else does, and writes about it with awe and love, but also with measured grace, an artist’s eye and a scientist’s sensibility’ Colm Toibin, Sunday Business Post Books of the Year
‘Anyone willing to get lost in this book will be left with indelible mental images of places they may never have visited but will now never forget’ Dermot Bolger, Irish Mail on Sunday