Two Sisters Singing

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  • “If you want to wake in the magical countryside of Ireland's past or step into shabby but beautiful Dublin streets of 1942, then you must read Two Sisters Singing. Our heroine Lily will draw you irresistibly along as she loves and sings, and faces up to what it really means to be a sister, in Emergency Ireland. Shining prose from a talented new Irish writer.” —An Bhradan
  • “A flawlessly accurate recapturing of Dublin in the 1940s” —Mary Kenny, Irish Independent

Meet The Author

Carmen Cullen was born in County Tipperary and is the niece of singer Delia Murphy. Her first novel, Two Sisters Singing, published by Liberties Press in 2013, is loosely based on the life of her iconic aunt; Carmen has toured a one-woman show based on Two Sisters Singing around the world. Carmen was Head English in Coláiste Dhúlaigh Secondary School in Dublin for more than twenty years and afterwards Director of the Oscar Wilde Autumn School in Bray. She is now a full-time writer. Carmen lives in Bray, County Wicklow. Hello Love is her second novel.

Surrounded by the beauty of her native Mayo, eighteen-year-old Lily dreams of being a famous singer on the London stage – but her parents have planned a more normal life for her, pursuing a degree in UCD.

However, leaving home also means leaving a passionate romance with a handsome, visiting American named Theo. Once in Dublin, secrets and betrayal abound when Lily’s sister Moyra begins a relationship with Theo and Lily’s Aunt Terry, a nun, appears to be harbouring a hidden past. As Moyra’s relationship with Theo turns grim, she desperately needs her sister’s support to keep tragedy at bay. But, still longing to perform, Lily finds herself at a crossroads in life.

Disturbing yet heart-warming, critical yet nostalgic, Carmen Cullen delivers a convincing portrayal of both the warmth and the wrath of 1940s Ireland. Never flinching from the savage social impact of the Church’s power, Cullen’s writing also conveys the charming and simplistic quality of the time, as reflected in the lines of classic Irish ballads, particularly those by the author’s iconic aunt, Delia Murphy. This heartfelt and bittersweet story is a stirring evocation of a bygone era.

Weight 0.434 kg