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Ireland, 1950. Nina Hardy wakes in the big house where she grew up. Now aged fifty, she has returned to the fading beauty of her old home, and its unkempt gardens, its views of the wild Irish Sea, and its long-buried memories. With her childhood friend George, she is seeking peace from a turbulent world. But by the end of the day, a brutal crime will have been committed, which will alter their lives forever.



As Nina tries to make sense of everything that has happened, a remarkable story unfolds – a story of a childhood, of extraordinary friendships, and of a war. With wonderful characters, full of passion and drama, Shade is an unforgettable novel that will make great holiday reading.

Reviews

'Neil Jordan...is essentially a gifted writer who happens to make movies...a novel of immensely sinister charm.' THE IRISH TIMES 'The time you pass reading Shade is only the start of an experience; this novel will continue to haunt and fascinate well beyond the final page.'THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT. 'The first novel by Neil Jordan in a decade is his most moving and poetic'- THE SUNDAY TRIBUNE. 'Shade is a superbly dark and mesmerising portrait of an Irish childhood and a sad tale of innocence lost. It's also a powerful and moving love story but, needless to say coming from the pen of one of Ireland's most intelligent and provocative artists, it's far from being a conventional one.' HOT PRESS A seductive read with its stark images and its dreamy, evocative portrayal of childhood.' IRELAND ON SUNDAY 'Fiction told with a shocking density of thought and language.'THE EVENING HERALD 'Extraordinary...an enormously powerful book. I'd stake a bet it'll win him prizes'-THE DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Romantic...lyrical...a novel of atmosphere...it succeeds powerfully' THE SUNDAY TIMES 'Compelling, intriguing, at once a human drama and a fascinating metaphysical mystery'-PATRICK MCCABE