Marita Conlon-McKenna: when the hunger still burns

As Marita Conlon-McKenna’s Under the Hawthorn Tree – a children’s novel about the Great Famine – celebrates its 30th anniversary, its author returns with The Hungry Road, a harrowing look at the same topic, but this time very much for grown-ups only

26th January, 2020
Marita Conlon-McKenna: when the hunger still burns
Author Marita Conlon-McKenna. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Marita Conlon-McKenna did not want to write another book about the Irish Famine. Why would she, after all? As Conlon-McKenna settles into her chair in a city-centre hotel on a rainy day in Dublin, the Irish author doesn’t need to make any false boasts about how well her previous books on the Famine have done: the statistics speak for themselves. Conlon-McKenna’s children’s novel Under the Hawthorn Tree was published in 1990 and has never been...

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