Niamh Boyce

Her Kind
  • Her Kind

  • Niamh Boyce

    'Gripping ... a complicated story of loss, ambition, misogyny, family love and what it means to belong ... evocative and atmospheric' Irish Times

    'Beautifully written and transports us to the 14th century, though its themes loudly resonate today' Eileen Dunne, RTE.ie

    'A beautifully absorbing novel, illuminating the remarkable story of a woman whose life has since been subsumed into folklore. Highly recommended' Hot Press

    The eagerly awaited new novel from the award-winning author of No 1 bestseller, The Herbalist

    1324, Kilkennie

    A woman seeks refuge for herself and her daughter in the household of a childhood friend.

    The friend, Alice Kytler, gives her former companion a new name, Petronelle, a job as a servant, and warns her to hide their old connection.

    Before long Petronelle comes to understand that in the city pride, greed and envy are as dangerous as the wolves that prowl the savage countryside. And she realizes that Alice's household is no place of safety.

    Once again, Petronelle decides to flee. But this time she confronts forces greater than she could ever have imagined and she finds herself fighting for more than her freedom ...

    Tense, moving and atmospheric, Her Kind is a vivid re-imagining of the events leading up to the Kilkenny Witch Trial.

    'Shines a light on women who have been silenced. This tightly paced novel confirms Boyce as an important voice in Irish literature' Louise O'Neill

    'The plot is pacey and menacing, and the writing is clear, sharp and studded with glistening phrases ... a wonderful shout through time' Nuala O'Connor

    'Pulls us into a world both seductively alien, yet uneasily, all-too-humanly, familiar' Mia Gallagher

    'Niamh Boyce has taken a bleak and dismal period and sent a bolt of beautiful and revealing light into the darkness' John MacKenna

    'Moving and atmospheric' Irish Country Magazine

    'Masterful ... Boyce delicately unfolds this atmospheric, magical thriller with pace and juice, while also making sure that the sentiments (vilification of women, policing of female biology, etc) echo through time' Sunday Independent

    '[Her Kind] sings of these modern times' RTÉ Guide

    'Enthralling' Irish Examiner


    Praise for The Herbalist:

    'The most entertaining yet substantial historical novel since Joseph O'Connor's Star of the Sea' Irish Times

    'An elegant morality tale about the inescapable strictures of women's lives ... Her publisher describes her as "a dazzling new voice". I cannot disagree' Sunday Times

    'A serious new literary talent' TV3

    'Comparisons to Edna O'Brien and Pat McCabe are more than justified. That said, Boyce has a unique voice and sensibility, one that's entirely her own' Image Magazine

Niamh Boyce was named Newcomer of the Year at the 2013 Irish Book Awards for The Herbalist, her first novel ('The most entertaining yet substantial historical novel since Joseph O'Connor's Star of the Sea' Irish Times) which was also a Number One bestseller. She won the 2012 Hennesssy XO New Irish Writer Of The Year Award and Emerging Poetry Award for her poem 'Kitty'. Her short fiction has been widely published in anthologies. Her Kind is her second novel.