In the 1970s, Charles Foran met the McNallys, a Catholic family living in Belfast. Many years and many trips later, Foran came to see their home as a window onto the often violent and volatile world of Northern Ireland. First published to great acclaim in 1995, The Last House of Ulster continues to resonate with readers today. This is the story of Mairtin, arrested at twenty as a member of the IRA, of his sister Patricia who, dazed and exhausted, approaches a soldier and demands that he lower his gun, and of gentle Sean, who grows up knowing that he must leave Belfast. Most of all, this is the story of James and Maureen McNally, who struggle to hold on to their own hopes and dreams while raising their family in a war-torn country.
About the author
CHARLES FORAN is an award-winning journalist and author of ten books, including four previous novels. His biography Mordecai: The Life and Times won the Charles Taylor Prize, the Governor General’s Award, the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Literary Nonfiction and the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto and University College, Dublin. He lives in Toronto.
Other titles by Charles Foran
Just Once, No More
On Fathers, Sons, and Who We Are Until We Are No Longer
Extraordinary Canadians: Maurice Richard
The Story Of My Life (so Far)
House On Fire
The Life & Times
Join the Revolution, Comrade
Journeys and Essays