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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (656 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Delaney Narrator: Frank Delaney Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“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 novel—a sweeping epic of obsession, profound devotion, and compelling history involving a turbulent era that would shape modern Ireland.

Born into a respected Irish-Anglo family in 1860, Charles 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—and witnessing the painful, often violent birth of land-reform measures destined to lead to Irish independence.

At the age of forty, summoned to Paris to treat his dying countryman—the infamous Oscar Wilde—Charles experiences the fateful moment of his life. In a chance encounter with a beautiful and determined young Englishwoman, eighteen-year-old April Burke, he is instantly and passionately smitten—but 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 life—and 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, including Charles Parnell, William Butler Yeats, and George Bernard Shaw. And he also falls victim to less well-known characters—who 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 Charles’s story.

In this gloriously absorbing and utterly satisfying novel, a man’s passion for the woman he loves is twinned with his country’s emergence as a nation. With storytelling as sweeping and dramatic as the land itself, myth, fact, and fiction are all woven together with the power of the great nineteenth-century novelists. Tipperary once again proves Frank Delaney’s unrivaled mastery at bringing Irish history to life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The narrative moves swiftly and surely…A sort of Irish Gone with the Wind, marked by sly humor, historical awareness, and plenty of staying power.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Another meticulously researched journey…Delaney’s careful scholarship and compelling storytelling bring it uniquely alive. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred)

  • “Sophisticated and creative.”


  • “Delaney’s confident storytelling and quirky characterizations enrich a fascinating and complex period of Irish history.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Loren Lemke | 2/6/2014

    " The second book I read from this author. I love his style and hios story telling "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jennifer | 1/15/2014

    " This is a novel that fits right in to my favorite genre - historical fiction, of course! The book follows the main character, Charles O'Brien, through his life through a series of journal entries written by his mother, other friends, as well as his own "History". Most of the drama in the story takes place as a result of events surrounding the Irish War of Independence, the restoration of the large castle in Tipperary, and Charles's life-long love interest April Burke. A decent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bob | 1/10/2014

    " An enjoyable tale of the life of an an Irish "Healer" set during years surrounding the Irish Revolution. A history written as a novel and a story of unrequited love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jill | 12/30/2013

    " Ugh. I love a good historical fiction book. This was NOT a good HF book. Although most HF books have too many characters, this one goes a step further by having different characters tell the story in first person. There is no indication when the narrator changes except a small separation on the page, so it gets really confusing. If this gimmick added anything to the book, I wouldn't have minded as much, but since each character's voice essentially sounds the same, and they often end up just repeating something that was already stated, there's just no reason for it. Speaking of characters, pretty much none of them are likable, and the final "resolution" of the modern-day narrator's relationship to the book was just sort of hokey. To be honest, I just skimmed the second half of the book to hit the major plot points. It's my understanding that other Frank Delaney books are much better written, so I'll probably give him another try, but this one was a real bummer. "

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