January 2010

West Cork is a magical place. We Irish know this, as do the international celebrities who have been attracted by its beauty and security.
The countryside has remained unspoiled and the people unaffected.

A Place Near Heaven is the story of a calendar year in West Cork, told in month-by-month observations of the natural world. Tranquil and beautifully written, it is a book in the finest tradition of writing on rural life and the natural world. In tracing the course of a full year, from January to December, Damien Enright captures the special atmosphere of the world in which he has chosen to live and which he loves with such obvious passion.

A Place Near Heaven was broadcast by RTE Radio 1 (Irish public-service broadcaster) as the “Book on One” in January 2010.

To listen to Damien reading from this book please click here.

A Place Near Heaven
ISBN10: 0717136892 ISBN13: 9780717136896
Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd
Edition: illustrated edition
Format: Paperback
Publication date: 01 Apr 2004

“Damien Enright’s writing has drawn praise from Alice Taylor, Aidan Higgins, Denise Hall, Tim Severin and Dick Warner, among others. A Place Near Heaven will establish him in the very first rank of Irish nature writers.”
The above is quoted from a limited edition calendar based on A Place Near Heaven 2004 s published by Gill & Macmillan for Irish booksellers.

“Enright takes us on an enchanting journey. . . . It is at once a diary, a natural history and an astute observation of rural life. . . . Poet Edmund Spenser was also a blow in . . . Both men are inspired by the beauty of the ever-changing landscape and the spectacular abundance and variety of wildlife.”
Martin Noonan, Irish Times

“. . . likely to become an instant classic — powerfully evocative, lyrical, funny and moving.”
Irish Walking World Ireland

“Filled with quiet observations of natural world written like a diary, it will draw readers into a more meditative space.”
Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times

“This is a book of months and holds within its chapters real people, animals and happenings of everyday life as well as the poetry of nature and the chronicling of the passage of migratory birds and the tragedies of dolphins that die alone on muddy banks and lonely shores. It could lie around for years and, when you eventually come upon it, would be as freshly minted as the breeze trilling in from Courtmacsherry.”
Irish Independent

“Every page is suffused with the love Enright feels for the part of West Cork. Every sentence is awash with the sensual pleasure.”
Sunday Independent

“First rate nature writing and fresh, enthusiastic observation”
Alannah Hopkin, Irish Times

“Poetic sentences and passages which sing with a love of the land . . . a master of the art of evoking a landscape and its people in lyrical sentences.”
Evening Echo

“A vivid picture you won’t find in travel guides . . . sharp and humorous observations about mankind. Ireland’s living culture shines through his stories.”
The Irish Letter

“Beautifully written, it is a work in the finest tradition of writing on rural life and nature, inspiring and suffused with a sense of place.”
Inside Cork Heritage Watch

“He writes like an angel . . . a delightful book that will not only give you great pleasure as you read it but one that will give you lasting joy. Every month brings its own beauties, regardless of the weather”
Irish Farmers Journal

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