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Anne Barnett grew up in a farming community outside Belfast in mid-Ulster – the area where she has set this, her first novel.
Formerly an accountant who travelled between New York and London, she now lives in Belfast with her young family.
A gently paced, reflective debut novel, yet it still reveals the diversions, the slights and sometimes harsh stings of everyday life. Prepare to open a window to a different time, to an Ireland of faith, gossip, envy, friendship and love, set between 1879 and 1956. Anne Barnett opens up fleeting yet vivid glimpses of rural life, to thoughts and feelings, and although the focus remains on Felix and Sarah-Ann, who are fascinating in their own right, it’s the secondary characters who really bring this tale to life. The Largest Baby in Ireland After the Famine is a novel that you can dip in and out of, it doesn't demand to be read in one sitting, in fact it almost feels as though this is several short stories that intertwine and link into one novel. Enjoyable, interesting and amusing, this is a novel about real life, in all its pain and glory. ~ Liz Robinson