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Johnston, Jennifer 1930-

Works: 160 works in 714 publications in 10 languages and 13,587 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Juvenile works  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Bildungsromans  Love stories  Christmas stories 
Roles: Author, Performer, Editor
Classifications: PR6060.O394, 823.914
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How many miles to Babylon? A novel by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
46 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,199 libraries worldwide
Whitbread Literary Award–winning novelist Jennifer Johnston’s story of two young Irish men, whose defiant friendship spans class and, later, rank at the onset of World War I Born to an aristocratic family on an estate outside of Dublin, Alexander Moore feels the constraints of his position most acutely in his friendship with Jerry Crowe, a Catholic laborer in town. Jerry is one of the few bright spots in Alec’s otherwise troubled life. The boys bond over their love of swimming and horses, despite the admonitions of Alec’s cold and overbearing mother, who scolds her son for venturing outside of his class. When the Great War begins, he seizes the opportunity to escape his overbearing mother and taciturn father, and enlists in the British army. Jerry, too, enlists—not out of loyalty to Britain, but to prepare himself for the Republican cause. Stationed in Flanders, the young men are reunited and find that, while encamped in the trenches, their commonalities are what help them survive. Now a lieutenant and an officer, Alec and Jerry again find their friendship under assault, this time from the rigid Major Glendinning, whose unyielding adherence to rank leads the two men toward a harrowing impasse that will change their lives forever
The old jest by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
47 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 986 libraries worldwide
Nancy lives with her aunt and ailing grandfather in a seaside town not far from Dublin. Eighteen and about to go to university, Nancy has spent her summer consumed in part by unrequited thoughts of her first love, Harry, a man eight years her senior. Nancy's one haven is the beach, where she has discovered an abandoned hut and claimed it as her personal sanctuary. One day, she arrives there to find that her inner sanctum has been invaded by a grizzled and desperate-looking man whom she names Cassius. An IRA foot soldier on the run, Cassius becomes something of a father figure to Nancy, and in a pivotal moment she agrees to deliver a message for him--a decision that will change her life forever. A beautiful coming-of-age novel set against the nascent Irish Troubles, The Old Jest is an award-winning portrait of loyalty, loss, and of one fateful encounter that propels a young woman into adulthood
Shadows on our skin by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
45 editions published between 1977 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 948 libraries worldwide
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize: In the midst of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, a young schoolboy struggles to escape the destruction storming around him Inside his home in Derry, Joe Logan’s life is ruled by his tormented father; outside, by the tension and violence of the Troubles. Sometimes his father makes him run errands despite the nearby reports of gunfire. Other times his mother, afraid to be alone with her volatile and war-wounded husband, confines Joe to the home. A bright and sensitive young man, Joe finds solace and freedom in writing—a pursuit encouraged by Kathleen Doherty, a young teacher at a nearby school whom he meets and befriends. In Kathleen, Joe has found a friend who understands him, makes him laugh, and allows him to forget his burdens for a time. But everything changes when his brother, Brendan, arrives home from London, newly energized to join the raging fray, and cavalierly bringing the war straight into their home
Fool's sanctuary by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
27 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 882 libraries worldwide
Jennifer Johnston's powerful novel of 1920s Ireland and one woman, on her deathbed, looking back on the tragic day that changed the course of her life In northwest Ireland, eighteen-year-old Miranda Martin lives in a country estate home with her father. A recent widower, he spends his days consumed by a project to reforest their tranquil Donegal surroundings. Miranda, on the cusp of adulthood, spends her summer engrossed in a chaste but passionate courtship with a local boy named Cathal. Members of the Anglo-Irish class and the Protestant Ascendancy, Miranda and her father are sympathetic to the burgeoning movement for home rule. On the other side of the argument is Miranda's brother, Andrew, a soldier in the British military during the First World War. On leave from service, Andrew has come home with his friend and fellow soldier, Harry. Their fateful visit, recalled by Miranda years later, is marked by tensions over the family's disparate politics and culminates in a heartrending cataclysm foreshadowing what’s to come for Ireland in the twentieth century
The Christmas tree by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
37 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 800 libraries worldwide
Set in Ireland. Constance Keating, alienated from her family, returns to her family home to die._
The railway station man by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
32 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and Czech and held by 785 libraries worldwide
Portrays the life of an Irish widow whose purpose for existence is stirred by a World War II veteran and is marred by the politics of the time and region
The great shark escape by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 683 libraries worldwide
Miss Frizzle's class travel under the ocean
The invisible worm by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
26 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 628 libraries worldwide
Laura's father, the Senator, has died, and now Laura remembers and reconsiders how her family was overwhelmed by past secrets
Foolish mortals by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
22 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 558 libraries worldwide
After a shocking accident, one family gathers for an unforgettable Christmas overflowing with secrets and revelations in this deeply felt novel by one of Ireland’s foremost modern writers Henry has been estranged from his children since his divorce with their mother, Stephanie. But when a car accident claims the life of his second wife and leaves him with partial amnesia, Henry embarks on the fraught journey of making amends. As the family gathers for Christmas dinner, Henry’s memory comes back in starts and stops—the wedges that drove his daughter, Ciara, away; the slow onset of his mother’s dementia; the real cause of his break with his ex-wife. A tragicomedy of near-Shakespearean proportions, Foolish Mortals is at once a novel of the mending of a dysfunctional family and a portrait of the modernizing gradient blending old Ireland into new
The illusionist by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
29 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 524 libraries worldwide
Hovedpersonen, en midaldrende, irsk, kvindelig forfatter får besøg af sin voksne datter, som blev hos faderen, da moderen år tilbage forlod sin mand. I tilbageblik berettes om det undertrykkende ægteskab
The gingerbread woman by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
24 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 514 libraries worldwide
A powerful novel, by one of Ireland's preeminent writers, of two damaged people and their fateful, restorative friendship For Laurence, trauma came in the form of a random act of violence that claimed his wife and daughter a decade ago. For Clara, it was something she has kept hidden, confined to her own memory and unknown to those closest to her. By chance, they meet atop a cliff overlooking Dublin Bay, where Laurence finds Clara standing uncomfortably close to the edge. Days later they encounter each other again, this time at a pub, and begin a tentative friendship rooted in their kindred he
This is not a novel by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
16 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 483 libraries worldwide
"I was eighteen years two months and two days when my father came to see me in the nursing home and told me that Johnny was dead. Drowned. Lost at sea." "Johnny, an outstanding young swimmer, went missing nearly thirty years ago: drowned, or so everyone except his sister Imogen, the narrator of Jennifer Johnston's novel, believes." "The event literally leaves Imogen speechless, for how could this happen? Johnny, encouraged, pushed even, from a child by his father, could have made the Olympic team, couldn't he? In the company of his friend Bruno, the handsome young German tutor, Imogen has seen him slicing through the water, staying out for hours before racing back gleaming. She has sailed with the two young men out across the bay that lies beneath the old stone house Great Grandfather bought at the beginning of the century."--BOOK JACKET
Grace and truth by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
17 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and Slovenian and held by 454 libraries worldwide
Sally, a successful actress, has been told by her husband Charlie that he is leaving her. Sally begins to doubt herself and wonders if she is difficult to live with. She reminisces her childhood years and her lonely secretive unmarried mother who kept her at home with her, not allowing her to mix with other children. Sally wonders who she really is, and contacts her grandfather a reserved, dignified old Bishop
The captains and the kings by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
47 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 448 libraries worldwide
Winner of the Author’s Club First Novel Award: Alone with melancholic memories of his past, a widower finds new life after striking up a friendship with a village boy In County Wicklow, south of Dublin, Mr. Prendergast lives alone in the Big House of his village. A remnant of the long-gone days of the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy, Prendergast’s mansion has been witness to many of the most important years of his life, including his childhood, marked by his mother’s open preference for his older brother, Alexander. Following Alexander’s death in the First World War, Prendergast traveled the world, returning home decades later to a greatly changed place. Now in the 1970s, his wife and daughter are both gone, leaving the house an empty monument to his isolation and melancholy. But when the young, redheaded Diarmid arrives on Prendergast’s doorstep, the boy’s thrill at the house’s history sparks an unlikely friendship—one that revives in Prendergast a sense of vitality and sets in motion a final, fateful confrontation with the outside world he’d shunned for so many years
Truth or fiction by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
14 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 406 libraries worldwide
When journalist Caroline Wallace is asked to go to Dublin to meet Desmond Fitzmaurice, a literary giant of the 30s, she finds it hard to care about a writer whose star faded a very long time ago. But in Desmond's quiet house, and quiet life, Caroline finds much, much more than she bargained for
Shadowstory by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
9 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 371 libraries worldwide
A novel
Two moons by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
19 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 309 libraries worldwide
Mimi og hendes datter Grace, som bor i et hus ud til Dublin-bugten, får uventet besøg af Graces datter Polly og hendes nye ven, et besøg, som får indflydelse på deres fremtidige liv og og bringer minder fra fortiden til live
The gates by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
27 editions published between 1973 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 268 libraries worldwide
A sixpenny song by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 144 libraries worldwide
The essential Jennifer Johnston by Jennifer Johnston( Book )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 124 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Johnston, J.
English (464)
French (19)
Italian (14)
Czech (5)
Polish (3)
Spanish (3)
Slovenian (2)
German (1)
Russian (1)
Danish (1)
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