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The Bird Woman Paperback – 2 Oct 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; New Ed edition (2 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007232772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007232772
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,614,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for ‘The Bird Woman’:

‘Keenly observed, this atmospheric tale has eloquence and a lyrical quality.’
Irish Independent

‘“The Bird Woman” is Ellen's story, and within its fine and meaningful framework it's essentially an account of domestic life, with plenty of sex, scope for betrayal and misunderstanding, family relations, clashes of culture and viewpoint.’
Irish Times

‘an exploration of love and the nature of exile you will find hard to put down.’
Nottingham Evening Post

‘haunting, highly emotional second novel.’
Yorkshire Evening Post

‘This is a beautiful novel, well written and absorbing.’
Tonic Magazine

‘beautiful, singing prose…This moving exploration of her struggle for identity intrigues from start to finish.’
The Sainsbury’s Magazine

‘deeply moving and beautifully executed’
Western Daily Press

Praise for ‘Hannie Bennet's Winter Marriage':

‘Kerry Hardie provides us with a heroine whose claim on a reader's heart is both aching and relentless.' Alice Sebold, author of 'The Lovely Bones'

‘Kerry Hardie's startling prose unfolds a story that is part painting, a portrait of the enigma of human feeling that moves to its conclusion as subtly as the dark season that is its setting.' Rachel Cusk, author of 'The Lucky Ones' and 'In the Fold'

'Kerry Hardie is an Irish poet, and her first novel is poetic and very Irish. Set in rural Waterford, whose landscape, rhythms and populace are lyrically evoked, it tells a peculiarly Irish story – rambling, eccentric, slow to unfold and strangely unsettling.' Carla McKay, Daily Mail

'A masterly work by one of Ireland's most talented poets that succeeds in making a seemingly unlikeable character – a middle-aged, thrice-married, chain-smoking man-hunter with a creepy and viscious teenage son – both vulnerable and appealing.' Economist

About the Author

Kerry Hardie was born in 1951 and went to school in Bangor, Northern Ireland. She has worked for the BBC in Belfast and for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. She is the author of one previous novel, ‘Hannie Bennet's Winter Marriage’, and four books of poetry, ‘A Furious Place’, ‘Cry for the Hot Belly’, ‘The Sky Didn't Fall’ and ‘The Silence Came Close’. She lives in County Kilkenny with her husband, Sean.

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