Genealogy novels

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     Web Editor

    I’m giving a talk tomorrow at the Open Day on genealogy novels and whether they’re any good.

    After the talk, I’ll post up some reviews of ones I’ve read but I’d like to open it up for discussion.


     Web Editor

    So I talked about Steve Robinson’s series featuring American genealogist Jefferson Tayte.

    MJ Lee writes about ex-cop Jayne Sinclair who is now a genealogist.

    Dan Wadell’s series about Nigel Brand is a little dated but I liked the story in the first book.

    I also read Nathan Dylan Goodwin’s first book: Hiding the Past.

    None of these books are great literature but if you like genealogy, then you’ll probably enjoy these books.

     Hilary Tulloch

    I would like to recommend Charles Egan’s novels about the famine which are based on his own family. The period has been well-researched and covers the multi-faceted experiences of various levels of society both in Ireland and abroad. The trilogy is: ‘The Killing Snows’, ‘The Exile Breed’ and ‘Cold is the Dawn’.

     Web Editor

    Started reading the Killing Snows but found it very tough going. Decided to have a break and read something else.

    Even when fiction, it’s quite a challenge to read about the famine.


    I found the children’s trilogy  “Under the Hawthorne Tree”  by Marita Conlon-McKenna very readable.  A good insight without the nightmares.


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