Lost Fields

Lost Fields: A classic Irish novel set during the Great Depression


Michael McLaverty

Michael McLaverty – a mentor for the young Seamus Heaney – is one of the greats of Irish writing. This novel of the Great Depression tells the story of working-class family life in 1930s Belfast.

Number of Pages: 224
Published: 02 September 2004

SKU: 9780856407598. Category: .

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Mrs Griffin feels out of place in an overcrowded house in the back streets of Belfast. Unemployment has brought her son Johnny and his family to the brink of eviction and it is only by giving up her home in the country and moving in with the family that she can give them a chance of survival. The consequences of the grandmother’s harsh uprooting reverberate through the novel, and as relationships within the family change and develop, her sacrifice brings tragedy and, unexpectedly, redemption.

A powerful and unsentimental account of working-class life in Belfast during the Great Depression of the 1930s by one of our most influential Irish writers.


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