Climbing Patrick's Mountain

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Brindle and Glass, 2009 - Fiction - 281 pages
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Climbing Patrick's Mountain is bestselling author Des Kennedy's haunting and elegant tale about coming to terms with one's past.

Expatriate Irishman Patrick Gallagher, an accomplished but eccentric breeder of prized roses, returns to Ireland as a celebrity host to lead a tour of Irish gardens, and hopes to attract the eye of a wealthy patron to donate funds to his garden back home. What is planned to be a pleasant and lucrative trip soon becomes a voyage of overcoming a painful history as the protagonist encounters the very reasons he left Ireland in the first place. Just as Patrick begins to reconcile with his demons, time runs out in a poignant conclusion.

A vivid coming-of-middle-age story set in today's Ireland, Climbing Patrick's Mountain embraces the contradiction of the Irish sensibility: grand humour in the face of ultimate tragedy.

 

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Four out of five stars. I loved this easy funny read. Patrick is a love able scoundrel.

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
13
Section 3
26
Section 4
30
Section 5
40
Section 6
50
Section 7
58
Section 8
70
Section 15
155
Section 16
162
Section 17
173
Section 18
182
Section 19
196
Section 20
207
Section 21
215
Section 22
231

Section 9
86
Section 10
99
Section 11
107
Section 12
118
Section 13
130
Section 14
141
Section 23
250
Section 24
254
Section 25
262
Section 26
273
Section 27
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About the author (2009)

Des Kennedy is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author and environmental activist. He is the author of four books of essays, including The Passionate Gardener, a memoir and three novels, including Climbing Patrick's Mountain. Noted as one of the most influential personalities on the Canadian gardening scene, Des writes a regular column for GardenWise magazine and has been a columnist for the Globe and Mail. Des lives on Denman Island, BC.

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