In the 1700s, an Irish noblewoman, on discovering her husband has been murdered, drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary poem. Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill's Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire, famously referred to by Peter Levi, Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, as 'the greatest poem written in either Ireland or Britain during the eighteenth century.'
In the present day, a young mother narrowly avoids tragedy. On encountering the poem, she becomes obsessed with its echoes in her own life, and sets out to track down the rest of the story.
"When we first met, I was a child, and she had been dead for centuries..."
"This is a female text, which is also a caoineadh: a dirge and a drudge song, an anthem of praise, a chant and a keen, a lament and an echo, a chorus and a hymn. Join in."
This book is completely gorgeous and it will stay with me for a long, long time. It would be a really lovely one to listen to in an audio format, so I have my fingers crossed that this may happen at some time in the future.
Do yourself a huge favour and get yourself a copy from your favourite book retailer now.
Thank you to Turnaround Publisher Services for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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