Troubador The Liffey Flows On By

Released: 01/03/2012

ISBN: 9781780880808

eISBN: 9781780888934

Format: Paperback/eBook

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A family saga of love, tragedy, and war spanning four generations, The Liffey Flows On By is a page-turner that transports readers back to Ireland in the early 1900s.

The story revolves around the Butlers, a wealthy Irish family living on a large estate bordering the River Liffey. With a family tradition of disregarding society’s class distinctions, the Butlers’ lives are interwoven with those of their estate staff. And indeed it is these relationships that repeatedly save the Butler family.

At the novel’s centre are Tom Butler, who with his twin brother fights in the First World War and loves the beautiful Rachel; his son Milo who with his best friend fights in the Second World War and finds love in an unexpected place; and Maggie Flynn, their cook housekeeper who dispenses advice but holds secrets of her own. Throughout the years, the River Liffey, quietly flowing by their property, has a profound importance in all their lives, especially for Milo.

Weaving drama, humor, and historical events to create a story with as many twists and turns as a river, Niki Phillips brings Ireland to life with rich dialogue and memorable characters that will leave readers wanting more.

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Niki Phillips has written a great novel following four generations during the twentieth century. With attention to detail she has brought all the characters to life. Whether it is about life in Ireland or war torn Europe (during both wars) her subject has been researched in depth.
Sad and horrifying in places but warm and humorous in others the story is uplifting, twisting and involving. A terrific read which I found impossible to put down until the end. Highly recommended.

by Schubert


The author has traced the fortunes and tragedies of two Irish families through the first half of the 20th century. The characters in the Butler and Flynn families are well developed, creating an empathy that takes the reader through the triumphs and setbacks of the family and the larger society over those tumultuous years. Her research demonstrates that some deus ex machina plot twists did indeed occur, demonstrating that truth is as at least as strange as fiction. An excellent read; I look forward to future efforts by this author.

by Frank


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