Home from England
Seen through the eyes of a young boy growing up in the Irish countryside in the 1960s, HOME FROM ENGLAND gently, humourously exopses the foolishness of hanging onto the past – real or imagined: the father returning home to a hero’s medal for his part in a freedom fight he was too young to remember, his daughters dancing in their Irish costumes to the sounds of rock ‘n’ roll. More than anything, it is a novel about coming home, about the pain of the emigrant who returns to find the world he left behind had changed in his absence.
‘Brilliant … It is hard to believe that this is Ryan’s first novel’ – TLS
‘James Ryan has written a first novel of unusual accomplishment. Its themes – the relationship between a son and his father and the deep wound of the Irish emigrant experience – are explored with a quiet persistence that avoids sentimentality and polemic’ – IRISH TIMES
‘HOME FROM ENGLAND sets out very firmly to explore that unsettling limbo of a family who regard their home as one place and where they live as another … it is brimming with tiny, brilliantly realised insights’ – Sunday Tribune