A BBC presenter for over 5 years, Frank Delaney is considered â€˜one of the best loved broadcasters in Britainâ€™ (Times). Born in Ireland but now New York-based, he wrote James Joyce's Odyssey, a Top 5 non-fiction bestseller in Britain, as were The Celts & Betjeman Country
This convenient eBook package contains three novels of Ireland from New York Times bestselling author Frank Delaney: Tipperary Shannon Venetia Kelly's Traveling ShowTipperary:';My wooing began in passion, was defined by violence and circumscribed by land; all these elements molded my soul.' So writes Charles O'Brien, the unforgettable hero of bestselling author Frank Delaney's extraordinary new novela sweeping epic of obsession, profound devotion, and compelling history involving a turbulent era that would shape modern Ireland. Shannon:In the summer of 1922, Robert Shannon, a Marine chaplain and a young American hero of the Great War, lands in Ireland. He still suffers from shell shock, and his mentor hopes that a journey Robert had always wanted to maketo find his family roots along the banks of the River Shannonwill restore his equilibrium and his vocation. But there is more to the story: On his return from the war, Robert had witnessed startling corruption in the Archdiocese of Boston. He has been sent to Ireland to secure his silencepermanently. As Robert faces the dangers of a strife-torn Ireland roiling in civil war, the nation's myths and people, its beliefs and traditions, unfurl healingly before him. And the River Shannon gives comfort to the young man who is inspired by the words of his mentor: ';Find your soul and you'll live.'Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show:';She sprang from the womb and waved to the crowd. Then smiled and took a bow.' And so we first meet Venetia Kelly, the beguiling actress at the center of this new, spellbinding, and epic novel by Frank Delaney, the bestselling author of Ireland and Shannon.Teeming with intrigue, pathos, and humor, Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show explores two of Ireland's great national passions: theater and politics. Writing with his signature mastery and lyrical prose, Frank Delaney once again delivers an unforgettable story as big and boisterous as the people and events it chronicles.
In the summer of 1922, Robert Shannon, a young American hero of the Great War, lands in Ireland. A Marine chaplain, he was present at the frightful Battle of Belleau Wood, and he still suffers from shell shock. His mentor hopes that a journey Robert had always wanted to make to find his family roots will restore his equilibrium and his vocation. But there is more to the story: On his return from the war, Robert Shannon witnessed startling and lethal corruption in the Archdiocese of Boston. As a consequence, he has also been sent to Ireland to secure his silence permanently.At dawn one morning, Robert steps ashore from a freighter in the rivers estuary and is thrust headlong into the maelstrom of Irish politics, with the country now roiling from the civil war that followed the 1921 Treaty with Britain. While Robert faces the dangers of a strife-torn nation and is pursued by the venom of true evil, Irelands myths and people, its beliefs and traditions, its humor and wit, unfurl healingly before his feet every step of the way. Shannon is a timeless and unforgettable account of salvation, belief, duty, and the healing power of discovering ones roots.From the Compact Disc edition.
The Celtic peoples fed on a rich mixture of legend and myth which, in many versions and derivations, were told at the firesides of Europe since before literacy. The Celts' ancestors had come from the foothills of the Himalayas, through the Middle East into Europe, and consequently many of the mythologies of the world connect with Celtic motifs. The most powerfully intact of the Celtic myths and legends are to be found in the Irish, Welsh and Breton tradition. Frank Delaney has been reading the Celtic legends since childhood and in this volume draws together their main strands, in a retelling of many of the most important mythologies. This book brings up-to-date the story-telling powers of the Celts.
Born into a respected Irish-Anglo family in 1860, Charles OBrien loves his native land and its long-suffering but irrepressible people. As a healer, he travels the countryside dispensing traditional cures while soaking up stories and legends of bygone times.At the age of forty, summoned to Paris to treat his dying countrymanthe famous and infamous Oscar WildeCharles experiences the fateful moment of his life. In a chance encounter with a young Englishwoman, eighteen-year-old April Burke, he is instantly and passionately smittenbut callously rejected. Vowing to improve himself, Charles returns to Ireland, where he undertakes the preservation of the great and abandoned estate of Tipperary, in whose shadow he has lived his whole lifeand which, he discovers, may belong to April and her father. As Charles pursues his obsession, he writes the History of his own life and country. While doing so, he meets the great figures of the day, and also falls victim to less well-known characterswho prove far more dangerous. TIPPERARY also features a second historian: a present-day commentator, a retired and obscure history teacher who suddenly discovers that he has much at stake in the telling of Charless story.In this gloriously absorbing and utterly satisfying novel, a mans passion for the woman he loves is twinned with his countrys emergence as a nation. TIPPERARY once again proves Frank Delaneys unrivaled mastery at bringing Irish history to life.From the Compact Disc edition.
HEAVEN HELP THE SAILOR ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS.old folk prayerIn late December 1951, laden with passengers and nearly forty metric tons of cargo, the freighter S.S. Flying Enterprise steamed westward from Europe toward America. A few days into the voyage, she hit the eye of a ferocious storm. Force 12 winds tossed men about like playthings and turned drops of freezing Atlantic foam into icy missiles. When, in the space of twenty-eight hours, the ship was slammed by two rogue wavessolid walls of water more than sixty feet highthe impacts cracked the decks and hull almost down to the waterline, threw the vessel over on her side, and thrust all on board into terror.Flying Enterprises captain, Kurt Carlsen, a seaman of rare ability and valor, mustered all hands to patch the cracks and then try to right the ship. When these efforts came to naught, he helped transfer, across waves forty feet high, the passengers and the entire crew to lifeboats sent from nearby ships. Then, for reasons both professional and intensely personal, and to the amazement of the world, Carlsen defied all requests and entreaties to abandon ship. Instead, for the next two weeks, he fought to bring Flying Enterprise and her cargo to port. His heroic endeavor became the worlds biggest news.In a narrative as dramatic as the oceans fury, acclaimed bestselling author Frank Delaney tells, for the first time, the full story of this unmatched bravery and endurance at sea. We meet the devoted family whose well-being and safety impelled Carlsen to stay with his ship. And we read of Flying Enterprises buccaneering owner, the fearless and unorthodox Hans Isbrandtsen, who played a crucial role in Kurt Carlsens fate.Drawing on historical documents and contemporary accounts and on exclusive interviews with Carlsens family, Delaney opens a window into the world of the merchant marine. With deep affectionand respectfor the weather and all that goes with it, he places us in the heart of the storm, a biblical tempest of unimaginable power. He illuminates the bravery and ingenuity of Carlsen and the extraordinary courage that the thirty-seven-year-old captain inspired in his stalwart crew. This is a gripping, absorbing narrative that highlights one mans outstanding fortitude and heroic sense of duty. One of the great sea stories of the twentieth century [a] surefire nautical crowd-pleaser.--Booklist (starred review)Frank Delaney has written a completely absorbing, thrilling and inspirational account of a disaster at sea that occasioned heroism of the first order.In the hands of a gifted storyteller, the simple courage of the ships captain and the young radio man who risked their lives to bring a mortally wounded ship to port reveals the essence and power of all true couragea stubborn devotion to the things we love.Senator John McCainFrom the Hardcover edition.
One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced and mysterious at a house in the Irish countryside. By the November fireside he begins to tell the story of this extraordinary land. One of his listeners, a nine-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves, he devotes his life to finding him again. It is a search that uncovers both passions and mysteries, in his own life as well as the old man's, and their solving becomes the thrilling climax to this tale. But the life of this boy is more than just his story: it is also the telling of a people, the narrative of a nation, the history of Ireland in all its drama, intrigue and heroism. IRELAND travels through the centuries by way of story after story, from the savage grip of the Ice Age to the green and troubled land of tourist brochures and news headlines. Along the way, we meet foolish kings and innocent monks, god-heroes and great works of art, shrewd Norman raiders and envoys from Rome, leaders, poets and lovers. Each illuminates the magic of Ireland, the power of England and the eternal connection to the land.
From a land famous for storytelling comes an epic novel of Ireland that captures the intimate, passionate texture of the Irish spirit.One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside, and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Ronan, a nine-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again.Ronan's search for the Storyteller becomes both a journey of self-discovery, long unspoken family secrets, and an immersion into the sometimes conflicting histories of his native land.A sweeping novel of huge ambition, Ireland is the beautifully told story of a remarkable nation. It rings with the truth of a writer passionate about his country and in full command of his craft.