The Collegians

Author(s): Gerald Griffin

Crime Fiction

This romantic melodrama set in rural Killarney in the early 19th century was based on a real case of 1829. Its impressive Irish locations, thrilling characters, complex plot involving love, rivalry, secrecy, betrayal, and impressive denoument made it into one of the most successful thrillers of its day.Recently home from college, young Hardess Cregan rescues poor but striking Eily O'Connor and her father from an unruly mob in the street, with the help of his hunchback foster-brother and sidekick, Danny Mann. Although he is courting his wealthy cousin, Anne Chute, he is smitten by Eily's beauty. And to complicate matters further, his friend and fellow collegian, Kyrle, is also in love with Anne - and vying hard with him for her attentions.He secretly marries Eily, but her unsophisticated ways soon begin to anger him. And - arrogant and full of roguish self-confidence - when his mother starts to push him into the very advantageous marriage with Anne, he starts to reconsider his choices...Married to one, engaged to another: can Hardess extricate himself from this impasse?


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Gerald Griffin was born in Limerick, Ireland, in1803. The son of a brewer, he went to London in 1823 and became a reporter for one of the daily papers, and later turned to writing fiction. In 1838 he burned all of his unpublished manuscripts and joined the Catholic religious order, Congregation of Christian Brothers, in Cork. He later died at their monastery. Gerald Griffin has a street named after him in Limerick City and Cork City, Ireland. Robert Giddings is a well-established literary critic who regularly reviews for many publications including the Sunday Times, the Guardian and the New Statesman.

General Fields

  • : 9781843548553
  • : Atlantic Books
  • : Atlantic Books
  • : 0.376
  • : November 2008
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 30mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : Gerald Griffin
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 823.7
  • : 320