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The Sea and the Silence




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The Sea and the Silence by Peter Cunningham
Published by New Island in 2008

Peter Cunninham's latest novel is set in 1945 in Monument, the scene for three of his previous books. The war in Europe has just ended and change is about to sweep away the old order. The war had adversely affected Ireland in terms of food shortages, rationing, trade and way of life. The Sea and the Silence tells the story of Iz, a beautiful young woman, as she settles down to try and make a life on the south-east coast with her new husband. Times were harsh and the circumstances that have brought her to Monument are shrouded in mystery. Iz is trapped in an unhappy, adulterous marriage, and haunted by a great love in her past.

Soaring across the decades that follow Ireland’s newly won independence and through the class and land issues that once defined Irish society, The Sea and the Silence is an epic love story set amid the fading grandeur of the Anglo-Irish class.

'A terrific novel. Moving and hugely entertaining.' Roddy Doyle

'Cunningham, a magician with words, has penned a vast panorama of a novel.’
Vincent Banville

‘Cunningham’s descriptive writing is as superb as his characterization.’ Sue Leonard, Irish Examiner

Peter Cunningham will read at the Ennis Book Club Festival from 12.00 – 1.00 pm on Saturday 7th March. To book contact Glór Box Office. Tel. 065 6843103
Further festival details at or phone 087 2262259.

By the same author
The Bear’s Requiem
Consequences of the Heart
Hostile Bid
Love in One Edition
Tapes of the River Delta
Who Trespass Against Us