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1949

(2003)
A Novel of The Irish Free State
(The third book in the Irish Century series)
A novel by

 
 
Morgan Llywelyn's masterly epic, The Irish Century, continues in 1949, a sequel to 1916 and 1921.

The struggle of the Irish people for independence is one of the compelling historical dramas of the twentieth century. 1949 tells the story of Ursula Halloran, a fiercely independent young woman who comes of age in the 1920s. The tragedy of Irish civil war gives way in the 1920s to a repressive Catholic state led by Eamon De Valera. Married women cannot hold jobs, divorce is illegal, and the IRA has become a band of outlaws still devoted to and fighting for a Republic that never lived. The Great Depression stalks the world, and war is always on the horizon, whether in Northern Ireland, Spain, or elsewhere on the European continent.

Ursula works for the fledgling Irish radio service and then for the League of Nations, while her personal life is torn between two men: an Irish civil servant and an English pilot.

Defying Church and State, Ursula bears a child out of wedlock, though she must leave the country to do so, and nearly loses her life in the opening days of World War II. Eventually she returns to an Ireland that is steadfastly determined to remain neutral during the war.

1949 is the story of one strong woman who lives through the progress of Ireland from a broken land to the beginnings of a modern independent state.

The Irish Century Novels
1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion
1921: The Great Novel of the Irish Civil War
1949: A Novel of the Irish Free State
1972: A Novel of Ireland's Unfinished Revolution
1999: A Novel of the Celtic Tiger and the Search for Peace

Genre: Historical

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Hardback Editions

February 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: 1949: A Novel of the Irish Free State
Author(s): Morgan Llywelyn
ISBN: 0-312-86753-0 / 978-0-312-86753-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forge Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: 1949: A Novel of the Irish Free State (Irish Century)
Author(s): Morgan Llywelyn
ISBN: 0-7653-8134-6 / 978-0-7653-8134-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forge Books
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March 2004 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: 1949: A Novel of the Irish Free State (Irish Century)
Author(s): Morgan Llywelyn
ISBN: 0-8125-7080-4 / 978-0-8125-7080-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forge Books
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Kindle Editions

April 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: 1949: A Novel of the Irish Free State (Irish Century Book 3)
Author(s): Morgan Llywelyn
Publisher: Forge Books
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