THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER, SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 IRISH BOOK AWARDS
With the threat of the First World War looming, tension simmers under the surface of Ireland.
Bright, beautiful and intelligent, the Gifford sisters Grace, Muriel and Nellie kick against the conventions of their privileged, wealthy Anglo-Irish background and their mother Isabella’s expectations.
As War erupts across Europe, the spirited sisters soon find themselves caught up in Ireland’s struggle for freedom.
Muriel falls deeply in love with writer Thomas MacDonagh, artist Grace meets the enigmatic Joe Plunkett – both leaders of ‘The Rising’ – while Nellie joins ‘The Citizen Army’ and takes up arms to fight alongside Countess Markievicz in the rebellion.
On Easter Monday 1916, the Rising begins, and the world of the Gifford sisters and everyone they hold dear is torn apart in a fight that is destined for tragedy.
‘Engrossing’ Irish Sunday Times
‘Finally, women are being written back into the history of [Ireland's] awakening’ Irish Mail on Sunday
Transworld; February 2016
- ISBN 9781473508606
- Read online, or download in secure EPUB format
- Title: Rebel Sisters
- Author: Marita Conlon-McKenna
Imprint: Transworld Digital
In The Press
"What is most admirable, most brave about Rebel Sisters, is that Marita Conlon-McKenna has dared to write a book that lacks a hero or heroine. In the violent times of its setting there can be no losers nor winners, only those who survive and those who do not. It is a mark of her moral honesty that Marita Conlon-McKenna does not run from such difficult confusions and conclusions. She will deliver the truth as her story tells it, and in doing so, pay searing testimony to the Giffords’ lives. I congratulate her on a most moving, and indeed necessary book. It is a terrific achievement by a terrific writer"
About The Author
Marita Conlon-McKenna is a hugely successful Irish children's writer. Her first novel, UNDER THE HAWTHORN TREE , sold over 250,000 copies in the Irish market alone.
Her debut adult novel, THE MAGDALEN, was a number one bestseller in Ireland.
Marita lives in Dublin with her husband