In Kiltumper: A Year in an Irish Garden by Niall Williams with Christine Breen 279 pages

The authors have been living in a stone house in Kiltumper, Ireland for 34 years. The house has belonged to the Breens for five generations. The authors have raised two children in the house, met some wonderful neighbors and planted an unbelievable constantly evolving garden. With the news that wind turbines are to be erected right next to their property, Niall and Christine feel that they must record the next year in Kiltumper because it just may be their final year in this rainy, wind-swept, magnificent place.

If you enjoyed This Is Happiness and/or History of the Rain, you will want to read In Kiltumper. Yes, it is a gardening book, but it is so much more. Both authors write with wit, compassion and intelligence throughout the memoir. Also, always in the authors’ and readers’ minds as they progress through the year is the question: what is most important progress, nature or history?

In Kiltumper: A Year in an Irish Garden by Niall Williams with Christine Breen 279 pages

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