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The Only Glow of the Day

The Only Glow of the Day
  • The Only Glow of the Day by Martin Malone



Winter 1863. Rosanna Doyle, hopeful of a happy future with soldier Johnny, takes off to the Curragh camp to surprise him. But life still has some tough lessons for Rosanna and she finds herself forced to join Bridget and the other wren women of the Curragh plains. Making their homes in the furze bushes surrounding the camp, the wrens survive by offering their services to the soldiers.

Another more distinguished visitor is there that same winter. The great Charles Dickens has commissioned pressman Richard Tone to write about the women and he soon becomes engrossed in their lives.

Grounded in historical fact and based on his acclaimed radio play, Rosanna Night-walker, Martin Malone’s elegant prose shines a light on the harsh reality of Rosanna’s life.



‘Malone has written a wishful and at times shocking book about a little known and rarely discussed aspect of Irish colonial history.’ — Irish Voice

‘intriguingly unfamiliar’ – Irish Independent


Martin Malone


C-format, paperback





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Weight .200 g
Dimensions .245 × .171 × .22 mm


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