'THE BRIGHTEST DAY, THE DARKEST NIGHT'

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9780007163427: 'THE BRIGHTEST DAY, THE DARKEST NIGHT'

From the author of the highly acclaimed `The Whitest Flower' and its sequel comes a new novel just as vast in scope and powerful storytelling as its predecessors.Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, the powerful new novel from the author of the acclaimed The Whitest Flower and The Element of Fire poignantly explores forgiveness, longing, and the changing role of women set free by war from the protection of their men.Ellen O'Malley, together with her natural daughter Mary and adopted daughter Louisa, helps tend the wounds of the soldiers who have fallen in battle. In the killing fields of Virginia she toils, not realising that her estranged son, Patrick, and Lavelle, the husband she desperately seeks, are on opposing sides of the terrible conflict.Meanwhile, Lavelle and Ellen's former lover, Stephen joyce, likewise seek her out - and each other - with tragic repercussions.The inspiring story of Ellen's race against the ravages of war is a tale of great loves, impossible choices and the triumph of the human spirit against all odds.

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Brendan Graham's, You Raise Me Up (music by Rolf Lovland), is a song which has become a global phenomenon, touching the hearts and minds of people the world over. With over one thousand recordings in forty languages it has amassed 100 million sales and one billion internet views. Apart from its commercial success, You Raise Me Up, has become a worldwide anthem of celebration, commemoration and inspiration, crossing boundaries of culture, creed and country.Both his musical and narrative work has demonstrated the ability to touch the nerve of humanity, to inspire and to give hope. His self-narrated essays for RTE Radio's Sunday Miscellany have evoked similar reactions, while the RTE Radio documentary, Fumbling for the Light, explored these aspects of his life and writings.Renowned for the spiritual and historical dimensions to his work, his songs and stories continue to travel, far beyond the door of his home in the remote mountains and lakes of County Mayo, where he lives.The Whitest Flower trilogy of documentary novels span the mid-part of 19th Century Ireland and tell the story of the Irish diaspora in America, Canada and Australia.

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'A harrowing journey through late nineteenth-century America...Graham's writing is beautifully descriptive of the varying landscapes and cultural diversities on both sides of the conflict.' Irish Independent'A story on so many levels, many twists and turns, beauty and horror...' Irish News

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