Novel's action disappears into the past

Sanctuary Line by Jane Urquhart. Mac Lehose Press, €16.35. Reviewed by Róisín O'Dea.

4th March, 2012
Novel's action disappears into the past
Jane Urquhart succeeds in immersing the reader in life on the farm over generations.


The past can offer a fruitful source of inspiration for writers, as Canadian novelist Jane Urquhart knows well. Over the course of her career, Urquhart has woven stories from World War I and the Irish Famine into her historical novels, which include The Stone Carvers (2001) and A Map of Glass (2005).

Her latest novel, Sanctuary Line, is set in the present day, but more truly inhabits a series of sticky childhood summers on a farm on...

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