History of the Rain.

Williams, Niall.

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Ruth Swain is 19 years old and bed-bound in her attic room beneath the rain. She goes in search of her father and to understand him she must look at the mysteries of her ancestors. The stories pour forth from Ruth in 'a celebration of books, love, and the healing power of imagination.' It was read on BBC radio 4.


SKU: 9781408852033


We are our stories. We tell them to stay alive or keep alive those who only live now in the telling. In Faha, County Clare, everyone is a long story... Bedbound in her attic room beneath the falling rain, in the margin between this world and the next, Plain Ruth Swain is in search of her father. To find him, enfolded in the mystery of ancestors, Ruthie must first trace the jutting jaw lines, narrow faces and gleamy skin of the Swains from the restless Reverend Swain, her great-grandfather, to grandfather Abraham, to her father, Virgil - via pole-vaulting, leaping salmon, poetry and the three thousand, nine hundred and fifty eight books piled high beneath the two skylights in her room, beneath the rain. The stories - of her golden twin brother Aeney, their closeness even as he slips away; of their dogged pursuit of the Swains' Impossible Standard and forever falling just short; of the wild, rain-sodden history of fourteen acres of the worst farming land in Ireland - pour forth in Ruthie's still, small, strong, hopeful voice. A celebration of books, love and the healing power of the imagination, this is an exquisite, funny, moving novel in which every sentence sings.

Book Details

Author Williams, Niall.
Format PB
Publish Date 0/01/1900
Catalogue ER018
Catalogue book number 1005