Francie, a young, coquettish, vain and strikingly beautiful orphan, is transplanted from the genteel poverty of her Dublin home to the small
country town of Lismoyle to live with her older cousin, Charlotte.
Socially ambitious, Charlotte schemes to bring about a marriage between Francie and Christopher Dysart, the heir to the local estate.
But Charlotte’s plans begin to go tragically awry, revealing the depths of her own terrible nature.
Somerville and Ross - Edith Anna OEnone Somerville was an Irish novelist who habitually
signed herself as ‘E.OE. Somerville’. She wrote in collaboration with her
cousin ‘Martin Ross’ (VioletMartin) under the pseudonym, “Somerville
and Ross”. By the time Violet died in 1915, they had published fourteen
Colm Tóibín - Colm Tóibín was born in County Wexford in 1955. His journalism, fiction and drama have explored powerful contemporary themes, including personal identity and exile, and have won wide acclaim and many awards. The Master, for example, won the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was shortlisted for the 2004 Booker Prize and won the Los Angeles Times Novel of the Year.