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.
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.