© Photo 'phase change' by P. Duffy
Duffy’s writing is almost poetic but there is a realism to it that draws the reader into each scene and activity. His archaeological imagination plays a large part in what makes this novel special, alongside Duffy’s historical knowledge and skill as a storyteller.
Fertile descriptions of the Irish countryside meet with poetry and the rituals of kings. An eye-opening, high-wire exploration of Ireland's violent history - 5 Stars.
A dark vision of life in a turbulent era. Strongly recommended, especially to those with romantic delusions about life in the past—or present, for that matter
Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound is a shining example of what historical fiction should be. Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound will definitely be one of my "Books of the Year."
author of The Greatest Knight
With luminous, gothic prose, Paul Duffy puts flesh on the bones of ancient Ireland. A novel rich in imagination and scholarly knowledge.
There can be few people today with a greater knowledge than Paul Duffy of the historical realities that underpin Alberic's fictional journey, and he brings them forcefully to life in this wonderful novel.
author of Beyond the Sea and Grace
Dr ELIZABETH BOYLE
author of Fierce Appetites
A thrillingly immersive journey into twelfth-century Ireland, Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound is a beautiful artefact in its own right-an immaculately researched, authentic and lyrically written historical novel.
Irish Book Award winner and author of The Herbalist and Her Kind
Poetic prose full of inventive metaphor and a power of historical imagination.
Professor HOWARD CLARKE
author of Medieval Dublin: the making of a metropolis
Duffy uses the freedom of historical fiction to convey a more convincing picture - and perhaps a more profound truth - than is possible in academic works. I look forward to the rest of the trilogy!
Dr COLIN VEACH
author of Lordship in the Four Realms
Pacy and vividly written, Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound offers a fascinating insight into Ireland at a crucial juncture in its history
Fata Morgana is a story both beautiful and profoundly moving
DAVID BUTLER, author of City of Dis
JUDGING PANEL 2020 RTÉ Francis McManus Short Story Award
An important publication for any archaeologist working in the discipline in Ireland
ARCHAEOLOGY IRELAND Book Review
Paul Duffy is the author of Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound - an immersive, fast paced and sensory novel of twelfth century Ireland that comes from the wellspring of a life spent writing, touching and imagining the medieval.
As well as writing award-winning short fiction, Paul is an archaeologist, historian and author, specialising in medieval and urban archaeology. He has directed numerous landmark excavations in Dublin and has led projects in Australia, France and the UK. He has published widely on this work.
His historical research centres on the Crusades and, in particular, Irish involvement in the thirteenth century Cathar Crusade in Languedoc and he has published volumes and organised events in English and French on this subject.
Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound brings together the literary and historical strands of Paul's writing to create an engaging historical narrative, written in the form of a novel. This project seeks to immerse the reader in the nature, environment and turmoil of twelfth century Ireland and was selected for the inaugural Words Ireland mentoring programme 2017-18. Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hound is published by Cynren Press.