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Publisher's Summary

Wild Chicory is the story of a journey from Ireland to Australia in the early 1900s, along threads of love, family, war and peace. It's a slice of ordinary life rich in history, folklore and fairy tale and a portrait of the precious bond between a granddaughter, Brigid, and her grandmother, Nell. From the windswept emerald coast of County Kerry to the slums of Sydney's Surry Hills; and from the bitter sectarian violence of Ulster to the tranquility of rural New South Wales, Brigid weaves her grandmother's tales into a small but beautiful epic of romance and tragedy, of laughter and the cold reality of loss. It's Nell's tales, tall and true, that spur Brigid to write her own, too. Ultimately it's a story of finding your feet in a new land - be that a new country or a new emotional space - and the wonderful trove of narrative we carry with us wherever we might go.

In many ways Brigid and Nell are Kim and her grandmother, Lillian Kelly, and many snippets of story in this work belong especially to them. It is primarily a work of fiction, but while the Kennedys and the O'Halligans in Wild Chicory are not the Kellys and O'Reillys of Kim's own family history, they have sprung direct from her heart and show listeners just how it is she came to be a writer of stories herself.

©2015 Kim Kelly (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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  • 24-08-2018

Blue Sky beautiful,

Story, narration and overall production fantastic.
The narration brought the book alive. I will be raading more narrated by Edwina Wren.






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Wonderful

An intricately eoven tale of a family through the generations. I really enjoyed it.

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Wonderful!

Deeply beautiful tale tumbling back and forth across generations. Inspiring and sensitively read. Highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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wonderful but expect tears at the end.

a nostalgic web of tales made more poignant through the melodic tones and accents of the narrator's craft.

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  • 27-11-2021

Wonderful Remembrance

My own Grandmother was one of 7 siblings with her parents that immigrated to the US right after WWI from Ireland. This book reminded me of some of the stories she used to tell my sisters and me growing up. Tales of Ireland and tales of being an immigrant growing up in Pittsburgh, Pa. I truly loved and connected to this book. The narrator was soft spoken and attentive to each character. Wonderful book.

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  • Debbie Kinman
  • 19-01-2022

Beautiful

The most beautiful, heartwarming story ever written. Full of family love, hardships and happiness throughout the generations.

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