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Here is a debut novel of skilled poetic prose. Our narrator Mary has been cast as a Universal Mother with the weight of the world on her shoulders. She is any mother struggling with domesticity, the current economic climate and self-worth. She seeks love unaware that love is already a constant force in her life. Through the beauty of her island home she learns to grow in N ...more
Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published November 12th 2012 by Council House Publishing
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Angela Webb
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An evocative and deeply moving story of a mother's quest for self. Leaves the reader with a strong sense of Scottish landscapes.
Orla Broderick
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
‘And Christ comes with a January Flower.” This is the last line of the poem Advent by Patrick Kavanagh.
The January Flower by Orla Broderick gained its title, in part, from this poem.
Kavanagh often referred to the hardships of life. In this poem he reminds us of children and of Love. He refers to the power of Nature and the cycles of life.
Here is a debut novel of skilled poetic prose. Our narrator Mary has been cast as a Universal Mother with the weight of the world on her shoulders. She is a
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Áine
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin to review The January Flower by Orla Broderick? Broderick has written a hymn to the life of her "little snowdrop," her daughter, and a hymn to a sort of traveller life on the Isle of Skye.

It is full of the most lyrical and beautiful prose - Irish prose - not Scottish. The Hi-Arts Council embraces her and she did study at Moniack Mhór, but I claim her for the Irish. One friend has compared her to Dylan Thomas. I said to that friend after hearing Broderick's recording of "The Lost C
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Max
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Unique writing, very different to anything else I have read in a long time if ever. The story did not flow for me, but felt disjointed and at times was disorientating. It felt more like trying to follow a dream, than a plot. But that being said, I enjoyed it in small sections. Rather than wolfing it down over a couple of evenings, instead I read it over weeks. I enjoyed the last quarter of the book the very most, the ending was almost perfect. It wrapped up beautifully.

If you buy it and then wan
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Stephen Oram
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I finished reading this novel a while ago and it’s stayed with me, vividly. Broderick tells the gritty story of some seriously dysfunctional and yet likeable people and she does it with such wonderful language that somehow it leaves a beauty behind. I recommend this to anyone who likes language, likes earthy edgy characters and who is fascinated by the variety of relationships we’re all capable of given a particular set of circumstances.
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Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lyrical, absorbing, passionate, funny and candid. Dare you to be able to put it down. I couldn't!
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