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DR SOPHIA HILLAN was Director of the Queen's University of Belfast's Institute of Irish Studies MA programme at both Belfast and Armagh. Her published work includes The Silken Twine: A Study of the Works of Michael McLaverty (1989); and (as editor) In Quiet Places: The Uncollected Stories, Letters and Critical Prose of Michael McLaverty (1992); and her most recent work is The Edge of Dark: the Sense of Place in Writings of Sam Hanna Bell and Michael McLaverty (2001). Her short story, Roses, was featured as part of BBC Radio 4's, Up and Coming Irish Writers.
An extensively researched document of the lives of the landed gentry of 19th century in these islands. * Tirconaill Tribune * a must for all lovers of Irish history and of Jane Austen * Dungarvan Observer * interesting for Austen fans and a sturdy read for anyone curious about the 19th century * Irish Independent Review * beautifully researched and extremely detailed * Senior Times *