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“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 new novel - a sweeping epic of obsession, profound devotion, and compelling history involving a turbulent era that would shape modern Ireland.Â

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 Charles's story.

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.

 
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Hardback Editions

November 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: Tipperary: A Novel
Author(s): Frank Delaney
ISBN: 1-4000-6523-2 / 978-1-4000-6523-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

June 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Tipperary: A Novel of Ireland
Author(s): Frank Delaney
ISBN: 0-8129-7594-4 / 978-0-8129-7594-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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Audio Editions

November 2007 : USA Audio CD
Title: Tipperary: A Novel of Ireland
Author(s): Frank Delaney
ISBN: 0-7393-3370-4 / 978-0-7393-3370-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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November 2007 : USA Audio edition
Title: Tipperary: A Novel
Author(s): Frank Delaney
Publisher: Random House Audio
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November 2007 : UK Audio edition
Title: Tipperary: A Novel
Author(s): Frank Delaney
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   

November 2007 : USA Audio CD
Title: Tipperary
Author(s): Frank Delaney
ISBN: 1-4159-4009-6 / 978-1-4159-4009-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Book On Tape
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Kindle Editions

November 2007 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Tipperary: A Novel of Ireland
Author(s): Frank Delaney
Publisher: Random House
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