This novel is set in late 19th-century Ireland, where Corney Crone grows up in a family marked by poverty, pride, and spoiled aspiration. The recurring theme in Corney's life is one of solitude, a note which becomes more dominant in his old age. Corney is a "bird alone," reliving the experiences of his youth and the secret love for his childhood sweetheart.

Bird Alone 1986, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780192819062

Trade paperback

Bird Alone 1973, Irish University Press, Blackrock

ISBN-13: 9780716522034

New edition