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Going Back by Rachael English

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A debut novel by a one of Ireland’s most popular radio presenters, Going Back charmingly contrasts the emigration experience of the eighties with the financial crisis of the noughties with an inevitable love story thrown in. But its uncommon style and subject as well as its mature heroine set it apart from the average rom-com.

If you like Rachael English you might also like to read books by Cathy Kelly, Patricia Scanlan and Sheila O'Flanagan.

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Going Back by Rachael English

In June 1988, Elizabeth Kelly's parents think she belongs at home in Ireland. Her boyfriend is certain of it. Unwilling to settle down just yet, she decides to spend the summer in Boston with her college friends. But the next four months change all of them, especially Elizabeth. Quiet and dutiful at home, she surprises herself and everyone else by falling for Danny Esposito, a restless charmer with a troublesome family. More than 20 years later with opportunities in Ireland scarce once again, a new generation looks to America, awakening memories of a golden summer for their parents. When a crisis occurs, Elizabeth returns to Boston where she is drawn back into the life she once lived. But will she be able to reconcile the dreams of her 20-year-old self with the woman she has become?


A thoroughly enjoyable novel about being young and in love and about life coming full circle. Rachael English paints a vivid portrait of what it was to be Irish in America in the nineteen eighties and what it is to be Irish now. Witty and perceptive, she has a voice that is all her own -- Kathleen MacMahon

An impressive debut Irish World a distinctive new voice in a clever, nuanced debut. - IRISH SUNDAY INDEPENDENT

Anyone who has wondered what life might have been like if they'd stayed together with a summer love will be charmed by [Rachael English's] warm, heartfelt debut novel. - IRISH TIMES

About the Author

Rachael English

Rachael English is a presenter on Ireland's most popular radio show, Morning Ireland. During more than twenty years as a journalist, she has worked on most of RTE Radio's leading current affairs programmes, covering a huge range of national and international stories. Going Back is her first novel.

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22nd May 2014


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Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


368 pages


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