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The Rising of Bella Casey
Written by:
Mary Morrissy 
Read by:
Marcella Riordan 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
10 hours 5 minutes 
January 01 2020 
Available Date:
January 01 2020 
Age Category:
Adult - Explicit 
Fiction; Historical; Historical Fiction 
Bolinda/O'Brien audio 
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Bella is a clever girl who trains as a school teacher, determined to escape the limitations of her genteel impoverishment. However, when the married manager of the school turns his unwanted attention towards her, the only escape is in marriage with a young army corporal. Years later her husband, Nicholas dies from syphilis and Bella realises she is not the only one who has been keeping secrets ...

From a piano abandoned on the strife-torn streets of Dublin at Easter 1916, Mary Morrissy spins the reader backwards through the life of enigmatic beauty Bella Casey, sister of the famed playwright Seán O’Casey. The real and imagined are entwined in a haunting and deeply affecting novel of sexual secrets, obsession and desires.

‘... elegant and unadorned at the same time ... an intimate portrait of a woman and a depiction of Irish history at its most extreme ... a wonderful book from one of our finest writers.’
Colum McCann

‘Mary Morrissy has a genius for lifting characters out of the dim backgrounds of history and brilliantly illuminating them. In The Rising of Bella Casey she evokes the rich Dublin world of the plays of Seán O’Casey.’
John Banville

‘One of the most intelligent, well-written and well-researched historical novels I have read. Mary Morrissy is the Irish Hilary Mantel.’
Eilis Ní Dhuibhne