Reviews: Under the Almond Tree

Under the Almond Tree is something of a publishing coup: a beautiful fiction book that can straddle the Young Adult (YA) and adult markets… As a meditation on war, loss, hope and the plight of the refugee, Under the Almond Tree is as indispensable as it is timeless… a truly essential read.” – Irish Independent

vivid… memorable… comes brilliantly to life… the sorrowful story is humanised and never preachy… the power of the imagination to sustain unbearable tragedy is weaved throughout…”     – Irish Times

a novel look at displacement and belonging, and how we make sense of the world through story” – The i Paper

an incredibly entertaining and effortless read” – Reader’s digest

A warm, wonderful debut novel that will stay with you even after the journey has ended.”- New Internationalist Magazine

“…rich with feeling… there is real emotional payback for those who share the family’s long trek…” – The Big Issue

a striking debut… a moving examination of the transformative power of storytelling and the imagination.” – Traveller Magazine

Under the Almond Tree on Irish Times Books to Watch List 2017.

“…a story that pulls you in from the very first page. A world so absorbing that it’s disappointing to leave it and return to reality… It’s a beautiful novel that you’ll be sorry to see end.” – IMAGE Magazine

“…a story of resilience, bravery and hope… knowledge of people facing conflict and loss shines through.” – Stylist Magazine

Under the Almond Tree is a vibrant and tender modern fable of a young life blighted by war” – Bookanista

a beautifully written debut novel…poignant, moving and completely unforgettable…it is a story  of today.” – The Last Word Book Review

Commendable for the skill and daring of the storytelling and the beautiful writing, but above all, for the compassionate but uplifting portrayal of resilience in the face of unimaginable suffering…” – The Literary Sofa

Imbued with literary and historical references… an emotional, descriptive, and wistful story about the power of ideas and stories, depicted as a form of quiet resistance.” – The Reader (Booksellers NZ)

Richly told tale...” – Grazia Magazine

Reviews include Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish News, Irish Examiner, Belfast Telegraph, Herald on Sunday, The i Paper, New Internationalist Magazine, Reader’s digest, IMAGE Magazine, Stylist Magazine, The Big Issue, Bookanista, The Last Word Book Review, The Literary Sofa, The Reader, Grazia Magazine.