This is Happiness by Niall Williams


This book is a rare gem, it is a keeper among all the books which I read, and that is a lot.

Williams writes with an almost poetic style, he is easy to read while still savouring his style. The book is set in West Clare, at a particular point in our recent past. It is gentle like the drizzle that drenches but hilarious in observations of the minutia of daily life.

He has the knack of allowing the characters to gradually become more developed as the story unfolds. The coming of the new communication system is balanced by the search for the traditional music of the area, we know how it will end but the experience is so worth it.

This book brings a fresh insight into how rural life deals with change against the solid foundation of a traditional Irish family. I can recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a captivating story gently told with style.


You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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