This short novel takes its title from the chorus of the moving and immensely popular modern Irish folk song The Fields of Athenry. However, it is not ‘the book of the song’. The song provides the inspiration, the theme and the emotional register but not the story.
It was with some trepidation that I approached this book given the title…. However, I found freshness in Tully’s writing style that took the edge off the relentless misery.