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Elegant writing haunted by the sinister threat of violence
on 21 January 2017
The Last September is set during the Irish War of Independence where the Anglo-Irish aristocratic Naylors remain calm and polite despite the constant menace of violence and upheaval. Their niece, Lois, spends her time flirting with a British soldier called Gerald Lesworth but despite their best efforts, they can’t keep ignoring the fact that the world as they know it is falling apart around them. The Last September is one of those Irish novels which deal with what is commonly referred to as Big House fiction. Big House referring to the mansions Anglo-Irish built around the Irish countryside to the dismay of the local Irish who had resented what they saw as the English invaders, the hatred was private at first and eventually becomes more public. It is a beautiful novel in many ways, elegant writing haunted by the sinister threat of violence on every page.