Book launch scheduled for Coventry’s Fargo Village

Dennis Carey

Dennis Carey

An Irish author will be celebrating his latest book launch in Coventry’s Fargo Village.

Dennis Carey’s newly-published novel An Untilled Field will be on sale at The Big Comfy Bookshop in Fargo Village this month, where guests can buy the book for £7.99 and have it signed by Dennis himself.

An Untilled Field follows the story of a young family’s eviction in Ireland 1879, in the lead up to the Irish Land Wars of the 1880s.
Sixteen-year-old Liam Walshe, whose parents are taken away by the Royal Irish Constabulary after the family’s eviction, is left homeless and caring for his sickly four-year-old brother Aiden.

Liam forms a plan to keep his brother alive, find his parents and come back to avenge his family’s eviction.

Though a fictional novel, the story is inspired by true events and is set on and around the Farmhill Estate, in the barony of Tirawley in County Mayo, that belonged to Harriet Gardiner until the early 1900s.

Harriet Gardiner was a notorious landowner of the time and the author draws on some of her antics in the story.

Dennis said: “Irish history is a rich source of fascinating stories.

The book sleeve of An Untilled Field

The book sleeve of An Untilled Field

“By the late 1870s Ireland was recovering from the catastrophe of the mid-1840s but a number of factors caused a recurrence of agricultural difficulties.

“The landowners held all the power, the tenant farmers and their families paid the price.”

Denis said he was delighted with the reviews his book had received so far.

He said:” I’m delighted with the positive response to the book so far, particularly within the Irish community, where it seems to have been well received.”

One Amazon reviewer awarded the book a maximum five stars, saying: “A very good read! Had me glued to the page from the first few lines! Dennis Carey is the master of character. I felt like I was there with them through all their ups and downs. So good, I’m re-reading it already, something I’d normally only do after a year or so.”

An Untilled Field is Dennis Carey’s second novel. His first, The Ditcher, is an account of Bord na Móna establishing its milled peat extraction site in Bangor Erris, County Mayo, in the 1950s.

The Midland book launch will take place on Saturday February 20 from 2pm until 4pm at The Big Comfy Bookshop in Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, Coventry.

An Untilled Field is available to download or order in paperback from Amazon, or by visiting myBook.to/AnUntilledField.