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Farewell Happy Fields

Farewell Happy Fields


by Norah Hoult

. . . Farewel happy Fields . . .
The mind is its own place, and in it self
Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n.
— John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book I

B-format paperback, 400pp, ISBN 9781848407374, Release date: July 2019

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Adam Palmer, determined to defy God in revenge for his detention in an asylum, embarks on a personal quest to destroy his soul, inflicting small sustained acts of cruelty and violence on those around him. His long-suffering wife, Kathleen, struggles to maintain her self-respect in the face of her husband’s gaslighting.

Among the most elusive of Norah Hoult’s works, Farewell Happy Fields was published in 1948 and, like many of her books, was promptly banned in Ireland. A dark comedy full of acerbic wit, it brings searing insight into a lost post-war generation of lower-middle-class women and men as they deal with shame, financial insecurity and emotional poverty.

Back in print for the first time in decades, New Island is delighted to bring this startling modern Irish classic to a new generation of readers.