In this follow-up to The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, John Kelly gives us a sweeping account of the Great Famine in mid-19th-century Ireland. He not only provides the startling facts of this disaster—which claimed twice as many lives as the American Civil War—he also examines the confluence of political greed, bacterial infection, religious intolerance, and racism that made it possible. Despite the shocking, infuriating implications of his findings, The Graves Are Walking is ultimately a story of triumph—of one people's ability to remake themselves in a new land in the face of the unthinkable.
"A moving account of the famine.... Kelly has produced a powerful indictment of the British mind-set in the 19th century, and of the British policy that resulted from it."—NYTBR
"An engrossing narrative of the famine, vividly detailing Victorian society and the historical phenomena (natural and man-made) that converged to form the disaster."—Economist (London)