Jennifer Johnston

Jennifer Johnston is an Irish novelist known for her works that often explore themes of family, history, and the complexities of human relationships. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to literature.


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  1. 1. The Captains And The Kings

    "The Captains And The Kings" is a poignant and introspective novel that delves into the complex dynamics of a wealthy Irish family. Set against the backdrop of political unrest and social change in Ireland, the story follows the lives of the dysfunctional King family as they navigate through personal tragedies, secrets, and the weight of their own expectations. With beautifully crafted prose and deeply flawed characters, the book explores themes of love, loss, and the enduring power of family bonds.

    The 6901st Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. How Many Miles To Babylon?

    "How Many Miles To Babylon?" is a poignant and gripping novel set during World War I, exploring the complex friendship between two young Irishmen, Alec and Jerry. Born into different social classes, their lives intertwine as they navigate the harsh realities of war, family expectations, and their own desires for freedom and happiness. As they face the horrors of the trenches and the devastating consequences of their choices, the novel delves into themes of love, sacrifice, and the futility of war, leaving readers with a profound reflection on the human condition.

    The 6998th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Old Jest

    The novel is set in Ireland during the Irish War of Independence and follows the story of an 18-year-old girl who befriends an elderly man living in a beach hut. As she navigates her transition into adulthood, she is also confronted with the harsh realities of war and political unrest. The story explores themes of friendship, coming-of-age, and the personal impact of political conflict.

    The 11324th Greatest Book of All Time