“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
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. Download and start listening now!