• Wild Chicory

  • By: Kim Kelly
  • Narrated by: Edwina Wren
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Wild Chicory

By: Kim Kelly
Narrated by: Edwina Wren
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Publisher's Summary

Wild Chicory is the story of a journey from Ireland to Australia in the early 1900s, along threads of love, family, war and peace. It's a slice of ordinary life rich in history, folklore and fairy tale and a portrait of the precious bond between a granddaughter, Brigid, and her grandmother, Nell. From the windswept emerald coast of County Kerry to the slums of Sydney's Surry Hills; and from the bitter sectarian violence of Ulster to the tranquility of rural New South Wales, Brigid weaves her grandmother's tales into a small but beautiful epic of romance and tragedy, of laughter and the cold reality of loss. It's Nell's tales, tall and true, that spur Brigid to write her own, too. Ultimately it's a story of finding your feet in a new land - be that a new country or a new emotional space - and the wonderful trove of narrative we carry with us wherever we might go.

In many ways Brigid and Nell are Kim and her grandmother, Lillian Kelly, and many snippets of story in this work belong especially to them. It is primarily a work of fiction, but while the Kennedys and the O'Halligans in Wild Chicory are not the Kellys and O'Reillys of Kim's own family history, they have sprung direct from her heart and show listeners just how it is she came to be a writer of stories herself.

©2015 Kim Kelly (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Wonderful Remembrance

My own Grandmother was one of 7 siblings with her parents that immigrated to the US right after WWI from Ireland. This book reminded me of some of the stories she used to tell my sisters and me growing up. Tales of Ireland and tales of being an immigrant growing up in Pittsburgh, Pa. I truly loved and connected to this book. The narrator was soft spoken and attentive to each character. Wonderful book.

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Wonderful story

I laughed and I cried I loved it. Excellent story telling, wonderful narration! Beautiful story.

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Nice little read

Follow a family of four generations from Ireland to Australia. Includes family stories and folklores told by each generation. How they survived war, the Great Depression, hard times and the good times.

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Loved this book!

Truly beautiful words gracefully read. The story reminded me of my mom and I cried thinking I wish she had read this book for I know it would have reminded her of her grandmother. A real treasure

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A beautiful, heart- wrenching story.

I never write reviews, but this story touched me so deeply and was so beautifully written that I wanted to say thank you to the author. You have an extraordinary talent.

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Beautiful

The most beautiful, heartwarming story ever written. Full of family love, hardships and happiness throughout the generations.

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  • Meg
  • 08-24-18

Blue Sky beautiful,

Story, narration and overall production fantastic.
The narration brought the book alive. I will be raading more narrated by Edwina Wren.






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  • julee latimer
  • 01-12-22

Wonderful

An intricately eoven tale of a family through the generations. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Ms I L-Harding
  • 05-13-19

Wonderful!

Deeply beautiful tale tumbling back and forth across generations. Inspiring and sensitively read. Highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-17

wonderful but expect tears at the end.

a nostalgic web of tales made more poignant through the melodic tones and accents of the narrator's craft.

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  • Michael
  • 05-23-22

Short but Poignant

This is my second Kim Kelly book and I will look for more. A great Australian flavour in her storytelling.

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  • 05-09-22

Enchanting

Captivating story brought alive by wonderful narration. It was almost like being at the theatre in the dark listening to the story unfold. I will be searching for books narrated by Edwina as her performance was stellar

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-19-22

Stunning.

The author paints pictures with such eloquent words I felt as though I was sitting beside wee Bridget listening to Nelly’s stories. It was such a beautiful, at times funny and heartbreaking journey to go on.
Edwina’s performance was absolutely superb and the way she nailed the accents - amazing.