Hannah, May and Eleanor are sisters whose early life in Dublin with their middle class parents, has prepared them for a comfortable future of marriage, children and servants. Further North, Mary and Cecilia are also sisters, struggling to make a living in the linen mills of Belfast amid rising political tension. The lives of all the sisters are destined to unfold in ways that none of them could have imagined and Another Kind Of Life is the intricately crafted tale of how their lives entwine, against the backdrop of the rapidly changing Ireland of the late 19th century. In her eagerly awaited new novel Catherine Dunne returns to the themes of family ties, love and loyalty which she has delineated so finely in her earlier work but this time she opens out her canvas to tell us a much wider story. Perceptive, absorbing and beautifully told, Another Kind Of Life is an unforgettable portrait of a family, and of Ireland, which will stay with the reader long after the last page.
Catherine Dunne was born in Dublin. Her first novel, IN THE BEGINNING, was published in 1997. It became an international bestseller and was shortlisted for the Bancarella, the Italian Booksellers' Prize. A NAME FOR HIMSELF, which followed in 1998, was shortlisted for the Kerry Ingredients Book of the Year Award. THE WALLED GARDEN was published in 2000, to critical and popular acclaim. It was translated into several languages and broadcast on RTE Radio. She lives in Dublin with her husband and son.