Christopher Nolan Books In Order

Novels

  1. The Banyan Tree (1999)

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Non fiction

  1. Under the Eye of the Clock (1987)

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Christopher Nolan Books Overview

The Banyan Tree

Covering the eighty plus years of the life of Minnie O Brien, The Banyan Tree is a rich saga of rural Ireland in the twentieth century. In prose as lushly layered as the land it describes, Nolan lovingly details the triumphs and tragedies of this spirited woman, who struggles to keep body and soul, as well as her modest hopes, alive. While her three grown children have long since moved away, she is determined to keep her family’s farm from the tightening grip of her unscrupulous neighbor, in the hope that one day her youngest will return to claim what is rightfully his. Weaving from the gentle world of Minnie s youth to the harder realities of the present, this sage and soulful story pays homage to a feisty individual spirit as well as a rich collective past.

Under the Eye of the Clock

‘ Deprived of oxygen for two hours at birth, Christopher Nolan almost died, but he lived to write, at age twenty one, this award winning autobiography, told as the story of one Joseph Meehan. Nolan’s birth injuries left him quadriplegic and completely unable to communicate, so for years no one suspected that his mind, though imprisoned in an inert body, was burning to express his innermost thoughts and ideas to not only his family but the world. Whether he is fighting with the authorities for the right to go to an ordinary school, or going on a ‘normal’ vacation for the first time, Nolan’s story has a touching, often breathtaking intensity. Nolan recounts his ultimate triumph of finally being able to share with others the insight and whimsy of his inner world, unlocking the inventive wordsmith and gifted storyteller within. The result is astonishingly lyrical, filled with powerful description, touching moments of triumph, sadness, and anger, and above all disarming wit. ‘

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