Book Launch: Under the Wild Sky by Mary Ryan
Tuesday 29 March 2016
All are welcome to the launch of Under the Wild Sky by Mary Ryan – a captivating story of passion and intrigue in a time of revolt.
Making a welcome return to bookshops this month is gifted storyteller Mary Ryan with her eleventh novel, Under the Wild Sky which will be launched in Dublin on Tuesday, 29 March. Amongst her acclaimed novels are bestsellers Whispers in the Wind, Into the West (companion book to the screenplay by Jim Sheridan), Shadows from the Fire and The Song of the Tide.
Under the Wild Sky is set in a period of political and social unrest in Ireland leading up to the 1916 Rising and its aftermath. Young trainee teacher Ellen Healy falls in love with Guy Forrister, a cadet in the British army. For their love to flourish, they must confront and overcome the deeply entrenched political and religious beliefs of their time.
Ellen’s brother Harry, spurred on by a nationalistic fervour gripping Ireland, joins the fledgling Irish Volunteers. His fiancée Deirdre is determined to fight alongside him, but when rebellion takes hold of Dublin during Easter 1916, the brutal consequences of taking on an empire become clear.
Under the Wild Sky is an intensely moving novel that deftly mixes elements of different genres: part thriller, part romance and part historical fiction. Embodying her characters with great humanity and warmth, Mary Ryan’s clean, elegant prose makes for a riveting and entertaining read.
Published by Erris Books Under the Wild Sky retails at all good independent bookstores.
Mary Ryan is the bestselling author of Whispers in the Wind, Glenallen, Into the West, Mask of the Night, Shadows from the Fire, Summer’s End, The Seduction of Mrs. Caine, The Promise, The Song of the Tide and Hope. To date, more than 300,000 copies of her books have sold in Ireland and internationally and she has featured on several bestseller lists. Her novels have been translated into German, French, Greek, Korean and Swedish. A retired solicitor and mother of two children, she lives in Dublin.