The Young Are Desperate: two novels

The young are the heroes of these two boisterous novels by the renowned poet Brendan Kennelly.
The Crooked Cross tells the dramatic story of a village in the south west of Ireland as it endures a prolonged drought, while The Florentines follows a young man who has left Ireland to go to an English university. Sharply unsentimental, these novels are told in attractive, spare and supple prose. More

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About Brendan Kennelly

Brendan Kennelly was born in Ballylongford, County Kerry, in 1936. He was Professor of Modern Literature at Trinity College Dublin from 1973 to 2005. A hugely popular public figure, he has published over 30 volumes of poetry, as well as plays, anthologies and these two novels.

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