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In the Time of Famine

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In 1845 a blight of unknown origin destroyed the potato crop in Ireland triggering a series of events that would change forever the course of Ireland’s history. The British government called the famine an act of God. The Irish called it genocide. By any name the famine caused the death of over one million men, women, and children by starvation and disease. Another two mill ...more
Kindle Edition, 428 pages
Published August 17th 2011 (first published July 26th 2011)
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Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ireland
Sad story about Ireland and the starving of millions of Irish by the English government. The potato famine lasted a little over 5 years (it wasn't until 1882 that the reason for the plague was discovered). In the mean time it is estimated that one million Irish were starved to death and over two million had to migrate to the United States or Canada. Five hundred thousand of the Irish "tenant farmers" were driven from homes by English landholders who felt if the farmers couldn't pay the rents, th ...more
Maggie Conlon-Martin
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, fiction
Sorry, but I couldn't finish this book. I'd mistakenly thought it was non-fiction; was wanting to read the history of the Irish potato famine. While well written, by about the fourth chapter it started to feel like a romance novel, which isn't my thing.
Lori Deamon
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
God Bless Ireland

So sad what our ancestors had to endure. This is a history lesson that all Irish descendants should read and pass on to the next generation.
James P McComas
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sad, interesting commentary on the potato famine of Ireland woven into a well written novel.
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just finished this book and it was a great read. Michael Grant did a wonderful research job. It was 1845 and one day in Ireland the farmers woke up to an extreme stench in the air, together with a strange mist. This was the start of the famine because the potatoes were hit with a blight that no one could understand. The main food for the farmers were potatoes. They worked the land for the landlords, had a little land for themselves where they had mud thatched cottages, grew vegetables, wh ...more
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never read or studied about the famine in Ireland when the potato crops were blighted for several years in a row. I vaguely knew that many Irish had immigrated to America when the potato crops failed, but that's about it. This story explains the horrific experiences these tenant farmers went through and the callousness of the English government in dealing with the situation. The government agent in charge of finding solutions to the starvation was ultimately knighted by Queen Victoria, som ...more
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
I can't believe that I am the first person to review this book. I am from an Irish background and have an interest in the history of the country and I have read other books and documents, both fiction and non-fiction on the famine. Many times I have wondered how this could have happened.

"In the Time of Famine" includes real people from the history of the era and their stories are interwoven with fictional characters. It is well-written, detailed and descriptive, without being overwhelming and i
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Heart Breaking

This was a great book from start to finish. It saddened me to see all the struggles the people endured. You felt like you were there having no food getting sick and seeing people dying all because a disease had infected the potatoes. Also it angered me to see cruel men that had power to force people off their land and close work so no one could earn money. I think i would recommend it anyone who has interest in the famine. It makes one feel grateful that they didn't have to face th
Tricia Murphy
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as part of my research into the Irish famine when writing my own book Aine. It was the first Michael Grant book I had come across. I stayed up until 2 am to finish it as it was impossible to put down. Since then I have read several more of Michael's books - my favorite after this one would be: Back to Venice. Michael is a very approachable and friendly author who is very generous with his advice and help. If you are looking for fiction with a conscience then this is the author f ...more
Janet K. Cook
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great historical novel

Really well-written historical novel . I don't know how much of this family is historically based but of course all of the background action historical. I especially like the way they switched back and forth from the families day today struggle and the British scientific team that was trying to help against the ridiculously stupid Trevelyan who thought it was fine that all the Irish people died or were forced to leave . Pretty pathetic that the British still consider him wo
Mary Carabelli
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Must Reading for all Irish Americans

An honest story of the the native Irish striving to survive in the midst of a famine and indifference of their landlords. The English, led by the notorious Charles Trevelyan did little to alleviate the suffering and implicated the Irish in their own misfortune
Rosemary Mccaffrey
I downloaded this kindle book because of an upcoming trip to Ireland, and it was a wonderful read. I truly knew little about the famine in Ireland before reading this book. It is absolutely unbelievable that over a million Irish tenant farmers and their families starved to death. There are a few errors that the editor missed, but I give it 5 stars anyway. All in all, a great historical novel.
Diane Koch
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Real life during Ireland’s Potato Famine

Life during the famine (1845-52) from inside one cottage. I loved the depth of the characters, the honest language of the people, and the examples of the landlord’s effect on the local people. So if you’re ready boyo, don’t be an eejit , get a cup of tea and dive in!
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not bad...

This wasn't too bad. I'm not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't really a love story and it there wasn't enough to history so I'm not sure where it falls. I liked it. I did. The characters were good, but I just didn't LOVE them.
nancy c
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Famine in Ireland

This was a sad but good story of a famine I did not know existed. I do not know how these people kept their faith and just kept going. It makes me appreciate more of what I have
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Great deal of information incorporated into a well written fictional account of a horrendous time in Ireland. Well worth reading. I will explore more of Grant's work.
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, read it in two days!
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mitzi Thomas
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed learning about mid 1800s famine in Ireland.

So many of our American roots come from our families who were able to escape this era. We are so blessed that they did.
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow. An extremely compelling memoir of famine times in Ireland. Simply but elegantly written, I couldn't put this down.
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