Rebel Sisters

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  • Rebel Sisters
  • Marita Conlon-McKenna
  • 18 March 2017
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About the Author: Marita Conlon-McKenna

Paperback ç Rebel Sisters eBook ´ rebel mobile, sisters pdf, Rebel SistersRebel Sisters MOBIBorn in Dublin in and brought up in Goatstown, Marita went to school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Mount Anville, later working in the family business, the bank, and a travel agency She has four children with her husband James, and they live in the Stillorgan area of DublinMarita was always fascinated by the Famine period in Irish history and read everything available on the subject When she heard a radio report of an unmarked children s grave from the Famine period being found under a hawthorn tree, she decided to write her first book, Under the Hawthorn TreePublished in May , the book was an immediate success and become a classic It has been translated into over a dozen languages, including Arabic, Bahasa, French, Dutch, German, Swedish, Italian, Japanese and Irish The book has been read on RT Radio and is very popular in schools, both with teachers and pupils It has been made a supplementary curriculum reader in many schools and is also used by schools in Northern Ireland for EMU Education through Mutual Understanding projects It was also filmed by Young Irish Film Makers, in association with RT and Channel This is available as a DVDMarita has writtenbooks for children which were also very well received The Blue Horse reached No on the Bestseller List and won the BISTO BOOK OF THE YEAR Award No Goodbye, which tells of the heartbreak of a young family when their mother leaves home, was recommended by Book Trust in their guide for One Parent Families Safe Harbour is the story of two English children evacuated from London during World War ll to live with their grandfather in Greystones, Co Wicklow and was shortlisted for the BISTO Book of the Year Award A Girl Called Blue follows the life of an orphan, trying to find who she really is in a cold and strict orphanage Marita has also explored the world of fantasy with her book In Deep Dark WoodMarita has won several awards, including the International Reading Association Award, the Osterreichischer Kinder und Jugendbuchpreis, the Reading Association of Ireland Award and the Bisto Book of the Year Award.


Rebel SistersPaperback ç Rebel Sisters eBook ´ rebel mobile, sisters pdf, Rebel SistersRebel Sisters MOBIWith the threat of the First World War looming, tension simmers under the surface of IrelandGrowing up in the privileged confines of Dublin s leafy Rathmines, the bright, beautiful Gifford sisters Grace, Muriel and Nellie kick against the conventions of their wealthy Anglo Irish background and their mother Isabella s expectations Soon, as war erupts across Europe, the spirited sisters find themselves caught up in their country s struggle for freedomMuriel falls deeply in love with writer Thomas MacDonagh, artist Grace meets the enigmatic Joe Plunkett both leaders of The Rising while Nellie joins the Citizen Army and bravely takes up arms, fighting alongside Countess Constance Markievicz in the rebellionOn Easter Monday the biggest uprising in Ireland for two centuries begins The world of the Gifford sisters and everyone they hold dear will be torn apart in a fight that is destined for tragedy.

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10 thoughts on “Rebel Sisters

  1. Margaret Madden says:

    3.5 starsThe Easter Rising, Dublin 1916 Lives are lost, a city is destroyed and for some the results of that fateful weekend are to linger for the rest of their days The Gifford Sisters Grace, Muriel and Nellie, have been part of something that can never be forgotten These women are feisty, independent and strong willed But is their desire for equality and freedom enough Will their personal rebellions be their downfall Based on true stories of the friends and family of the leaders of the 3.5 starsThe Easter Rising, Dublin 1916 Lives are lost, a city is destroyed and for some the results of that fateful weekend are to linger for the rest of their days The Gifford Sisters Grace, Muriel and Nellie, have been part of something that can never be forgotten These women are feisty, independent and strong willed But is their desire for equality and freedom enough Will their personal rebellions be their downfall Based on true stories of the friends and family of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, Marita Conlon McKenna gives and alternative view to this well discussed period of time in Ireland s History Most of us are familiar with the details of Easter Monday 1916, the main characters involved and their legacies, but not many of us would have a complete picture of the others involved during this period The non political figures, the ordinary people who were unwittingly or otherwise a part of creating a new nation, free from British Rule This concept is one coming to the foreground in the lead up to the centenary of this major event The newspapers are full of articles celebrating the Rising, TV shows see Rebellion on RT , are bringing Dublin s History back to life for a whole new generation People who have read nothing about the Rising since they were forced to study a very staid version as part of their secondary education are now fascinated with the stories Children are lucky to have some wonderful fiction titles available to them, all age appropriate and encouraging them to move on to reading about the War of Independence But, what about the adult readers There are literally hundreds of non fiction titles about this subject, varying from academic tomes to stunning coffee table books See Diarmuid Ferriter and Shane Hegarty for two of my favourites There are also middle of the road, complete fiction titles, with very little historical content and lots of romance instead Rebel Sisters is at theaccessible scale A factual based story, interlaced with fictional elements, means that readers are getting the best of both book worlds The Gifford Sisters were from a large, well appointed, Protestant family and, as children, mixed in very different circles to the Rebels However, when Muriel meets Thomas MacDonagh, her life takes a dramatic turn Grace meets Joe Plunkett and sees how the passion he feels for his cause is something worth fighting for Meanwhile, Nellie feels strongly about equality for all, regardless of sex or religion, and joins Countess Markievicz in the Irish Citizen Army Three women, three powerful personalities, ahead of their time and despairing of their country s circumstances What the author has managed to produce is a novel of truth and belief Years of research can be seen as the reader turns to the next chapter Starting with the Gifford s mother, Isabella, in 1901 we are then brought on the girl s journey through childhood, adolescence and into womanhood The people they meet along the way are real The city they fight for is real The world they foresee for their children and grandchildren is also real There are facts aplenty among the titled chapters, with mentions of 1913 Lockout, Erskine Childers gun running, Bloody Sunday, the taking of the Dublin Garrisons and the executions at Kilmainham Gaol The thing that makes this booksuitable to the mainstream reader, rather than History buffs, are the personal tales Learning that one of our Rebel leaders was a roller skating legend, reading about the many plays being held in various theatres around the city or knowing how much the Gifford girls had to sacrifice to be as devoted as they were these are the heartbeats of the book Mixed in with detailed descriptions of our beautiful city, and how it crumbled over a week of confusion and fear, whilst also being treated to extra locations like Liberty Hall, St.Enda s and Larkfield, means that we can picture the movements of the supporters of the Rebellion We can be observers to a great, political and personal movement that helped shape who we are today And all this without a text book in sight The gentle prose is trademark Conlon McKenna, who moved so many of us with her Under The Hawthorn Tree children s books while bringing life to the inmates of the church run institutions in The Magdalen This is an ideal read for those who want to readabout Ireland s Modern History, but want it in a relaxed and enjoyable way Perfect for fans of RT s Rebellion

  2. Teresa says:

    I bought this book thinking it was mainly about the Rebellion itself It sabout the Gifford family, the sisters in the main, and their lives and the men of the Rebellion they were connected to It does describe the Rebellion and what happened over Easter week I liked it It was a very good read Maybe a bit slow to start with but the story is well told I learned a lot about this time in history and a lot about the Gifford girls They were brave women and very patriotic Anyone interested I bought this book thinking it was mainly about the Rebellion itself It sabout the Gifford family, the sisters in the main, and their lives and the men of the Rebellion they were connected to It does describe the Rebellion and what happened over Easter week I liked it It was a very good read Maybe a bit slow to start with but the story is well told I learned a lot about this time in history and a lot about the Gifford girls They were brave women and very patriotic Anyone interested in history will enjoy it

  3. Miriam says:

    3.5 An informative read based on the Rising with the story of true love running throughout A lovely read

  4. Erin says:

    Find this and other reviews at probably shouldn t admit this, but my decision to read Marita Conlon McKenna s Rebel Sisters was prompted by my frustration with Elizabeth J Sparrow s The Irish Tempest The Easter Rising was the first armed action of the Irish revolutionary period and I didn t feel the latter novel treated the material with the respect it deserved so I went looking for something that would.Did Rebel Sisters fill the void The answer to t Find this and other reviews at probably shouldn t admit this, but my decision to read Marita Conlon McKenna s Rebel Sisters was prompted by my frustration with Elizabeth J Sparrow s The Irish Tempest The Easter Rising was the first armed action of the Irish revolutionary period and I didn t feel the latter novel treated the material with the respect it deserved so I went looking for something that would.Did Rebel Sisters fill the void The answer to that depends on your point of view The book offers a muchdetailed account of the Rising and the cast feels farauthentic than Sparrow s, but I m not above admitting that the structure and tone of Conlon McKenna s narrative made it difficult to get lost in.Rebel Sisters is told from four alternating perspectives, but the author failed to create appropriate balance between Grace, Muriel, Nellie, and Isabella The end result left significant disparities between the four narrators and I ultimately found myself questioning the author s decision to utilize so many voices Each character is interesting in her own right, but I think the novel would have been stronger if Conlon McKenna had narrowed her scope to only two of the sisters and regulated their mother to a supporting role.Conlon McKenna s prose is straightforward, but it lacks the fiery passion and patriotism of the men and women who inspired it The research is sound, but the story is light on theme and doesn t pack the punch one would expect from revolution era fiction The narrative also doesn t afford adequate closure and while I appreciated what Colon Mckenna attempted to do with the novel, I can t help feeling she bit offthan she could chew when she committed herself to the project

  5. Lauralee says:

    Rebel Sisters is about the Easter Rising told from the three Gifford sisters Grace, Muriel, and Nellie These sisters are determined to fulfill their dreams Grace yearns to be an artist, Muriel wants to be a nurse, and Nellie wants to be a cook However, while they are pursuing their dreams, they meet certain people that would draw them into the Irish rebellion Little do they know that the Irish cause would make these girls sacrifice everything that they held dear I really liked how this sto Rebel Sisters is about the Easter Rising told from the three Gifford sisters Grace, Muriel, and Nellie These sisters are determined to fulfill their dreams Grace yearns to be an artist, Muriel wants to be a nurse, and Nellie wants to be a cook However, while they are pursuing their dreams, they meet certain people that would draw them into the Irish rebellion Little do they know that the Irish cause would make these girls sacrifice everything that they held dear I really liked how this story focuses on the personal accounts of these three sisters The reader first sees them when they are very young, and we get a sense of what they were like and how they changed over time These women were once a close knit and peaceful family However, the death of their brother changes them They soon want to be independent These sisters are also passionate and want to fulfill their dreams Over time, these women become stronger Not only are they passionate, but they are also loyal and patriotic Each of them wants freedom and equality These women are very bold and courageous This made me feel sorry for them as they go through the personal tragedies in their own lives Overall, this book was about friendship, family, love, loss, loyalty, and sacrifice The writing is very beautiful and it grips you from the very beginning These sisters were both admirable because they made a lot of risks and had to deal with the results Therefore, this story was a very emotional read I also loved the vivid descriptions of Ireland My only complaint about this book is that I would have likedfocus on the Easter Rising Nevertheless, this is a great portrait of these three courageous women, and this tale will linger with you long after you have read the last page I recommend this story for those who would like a personal account of historical events, stories set in Ireland, and heroines who have to stand fast in the face of danger and heartache Note This book was given to me as part of a blog tour in exchange for an honest review

  6. Jennifer says:

    My favourite genre of books is historical fiction, and Rebel Sisters by Marita Conlon McKenna is exactly the reason why While it is a novel, Rebel Sisters tells the very true and real story of the Gifford family, specifically three of the Gifford sisters Muriel, Grace, and Nellie Set in Ireland between 1901 and 1916, we follow the sisters as they come of age, each in their own, unique way.During this time, there were four major conflicts happening simultaneously Ireland was dealing with wome My favourite genre of books is historical fiction, and Rebel Sisters by Marita Conlon McKenna is exactly the reason why While it is a novel, Rebel Sisters tells the very true and real story of the Gifford family, specifically three of the Gifford sisters Muriel, Grace, and Nellie Set in Ireland between 1901 and 1916, we follow the sisters as they come of age, each in their own, unique way.During this time, there were four major conflicts happening simultaneously Ireland was dealing with women s suffrage, the industrial movement, the nationalist movement, and World War One Muriel, Grace, and Nellie all became involved in these conflicts themselves and through the men with whom they fell in love I learned so much about Ireland s history and especially their fight for independence while reading this book The Giffords are a real family, and their tragic stories are still recounted in Ireland today Rebel Sisters offers insight into the private lives of some of the key leaders of the rebellion 2016 is especially significant as the year of publication for this book because it marks the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Rising I was a little unsure why the author was spending so much time early on giving a detailed history of each of the three sisters, but as I started googlingabout Irish independence while I was reading, I learned that these women actually existed These events, and places, and people were real, and I became so invested in learning their stories.Rebel Sisters is also a great book for fans of Downton Abbey There are elements from the love story of Sybil and Branson here, and we learn about the ideologies for which Branson is always so passionate.If you re interested in learningabout Ireland and its history, absolutely pick up this book Seeat

  7. Daniele says:

    2 stars is generousI know nothing of Irish history, but I assume Ms Conlon McKenna did her research well I m always game to delve into historical fiction in hopes of learning something new, but this endeavor was simplistically written with boring details about the Gifford sisters early adulthood and too little detail about the the 1916 Easter Rising Everyone fell flat, and the excitement of the era was missing Rebel Sisters just turned out to be not my thing, but other may enjoy it.I receive 2 stars is generousI know nothing of Irish history, but I assume Ms Conlon McKenna did her research well I m always game to delve into historical fiction in hopes of learning something new, but this endeavor was simplistically written with boring details about the Gifford sisters early adulthood and too little detail about the the 1916 Easter Rising Everyone fell flat, and the excitement of the era was missing Rebel Sisters just turned out to be not my thing, but other may enjoy it.I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  8. Caitlin says:

    Brought this with me on holidays, and even then I found it hard to get into it The writing is fairly basic prose, she hardly tries to differentiate the three narrating sisters from each other Grace did show a bit of promise near the beginning being a little different from the other characters but by the end they may as well all have been the same person Alright for younger readers, but not for those who are familiar with good books I also noticed spelling errors, inaccuracies and inconsisten Brought this with me on holidays, and even then I found it hard to get into it The writing is fairly basic prose, she hardly tries to differentiate the three narrating sisters from each other Grace did show a bit of promise near the beginning being a little different from the other characters but by the end they may as well all have been the same person Alright for younger readers, but not for those who are familiar with good books I also noticed spelling errors, inaccuracies and inconsistencies throughout

  9. Jordan says:

    The facts of 1916 are tragic, esp the love story of Joe Plunkett and Grace Gifford But the writing in this book is terrible You could have just had the last 1 8th of the book and it would have been enough But the author drags you through unnecessary years of these characters lives.It s useful if you want to see how not to write a book Great research but very lazy writing.

  10. Loureads says:

    A great story but just not great writing Ion lay found out at the end it s based on a true story I didn t really feel I got to know any of the sisters even though there was lots of detail it just felt flat I was nice to learn a bitabout the rising but wouldn t read it again