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Catherine Dunne - The Walled Garden

The Walled Garden opens when Alice is near death and her daughter Beth has flown home to help her brother look after their mother. The novel charts the last days of Alice’s life, with flashbacks to her illness and to her early life. Catherine Dunne describes the nightmare of Alice’s gradual loss of memory through a series of small strokes so evocatively that it is hard to believe that she has not been through the experience herself.

The Walled Garden by Catherine Dunne

There is very little action in The Walled Garden, but I adored this sensitively written novel, with its exploration into the subtleties of family relationships. The final chapters, describing the uniting effect of death and a funeral are brilliantly observed. Altogether a highly satisfying and wonderfully written novel.
Review by Sue Leonard, Books Ireland.

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