In Kiltumper: A Year in an Irish Garden


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$28.99  $26.96
Bloomsbury Publishing
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6.56 X 9.54 X 1.1 inches | 1.16 pounds

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About the Author

Niall Williams is the author of ten novels including This Is Happiness, named a best book of the year by The Washington Post and Real Simple, History of the Rain, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Four Letters of Love, for which he has recently completed the screenplay.

Christine Breen is the author of Her Name Is Rose and the co-author of four non-fiction books on country living in Ireland.

Together, they live in Kiltumper in County Clare, Ireland.


"Moving and surprisingly provocative... This memoir won't teach you to garden, but it will show you a way of living in and through a garden. [Williams] is a readerly writer, as I think of it; one of the joys of his prose is the generous thrum of other voices--T.S. Eliot, R.W. Emerson, even, in the occasional lilt of a sentence, the King James Bible." - Wall Street Journal

"Gorgeous prose... Mostly, though, the focus of their lives, and this book, is the garden -- the flowers, vegetables and birds they tend and observe every day, and the peace it brings them. 'We are both still alive, ' Williams says when he has been fretting about things he cannot control. 'We are here now.' That thought calms him, and it will calm you." - Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Graceful, evocative... A warm homage to a piece of beloved Irish land." - Kirkus

"What makes this book so remarkable isn't just the quality of the prose, which at times almost made me gasp with its insights into the unique rhythms of Irish life, which it conjures so effortlessly, but also the sense of an ending, a running out of road somewhere up ahead that need not always be dwelled upon." - Irish Central

"Heartbreaking... uplifting... it has been a delight to step out of this city and into Niall and Chris's precious garden, into the rhythms of their way of living, and to be refreshed." - Tim Pears, author of THE HORSEMAN