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March 7, 2020


#ReadIreland 2020 Jennifer Johnston

by NancyElin

  • Author:  Jennifer Johnston
  • Title:  The Christmas Tree
  • Published: 1981
  • Genre:  novella (168 pg)
  • Reading time: 4 hours
  • List of Challenges 2020
  • Monthly plan
  • Trivia: Jennifer Johnston (Dublin 1930) was awarded a
  • Lifetime Achievement Award 2012 from the Irish Book Awards. 
  • #ReadingIrelandMonth20
  • #Begorrathon20
  • Rating: A+++++++



  1. Jennifer Johnston is not a trendy read.
  2. She is 90…so she is not on the best sellers lists
  3. But my goodness…don’t let her writing pass you by!
  4. I won’t even give you a clue what it is about
  5. …I want you to discover it from page 1 by yourself.
  6. Her books are about relationships.
  7. This book was IMO about the sister-sister connection.
  8. I got goosebumps when I read the following lines….about
  9. a sister you really cannot get close to
  10. …try as hard as I have done:
  11. “We have a lot of genes an some memories in common.”
  12. Her stories are low key and personal but far from sentimental.
  13. Jennifer Johnston is underappreciated.
  14. But she is very good at what she does.
  15. Roddy Doyle considers Jennifer Johnston Ireland’s greatest writer.
  16. I had a ‘Trevor-shiver’ after reading the last page.
  17. The same feeling I have  when I read a William Trevor short story….
  18. #Unforgettable
  19. PSTwo Moons is another one of her books…not to be missed!
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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mar 7 2020

    I love Jennifer Johnston’s work – she’s very underrated here I think.

    • Mar 7 2020

      So, so impressed by Ms Johnston’s writing.
      This internal change of the character, Constance,
      as she calmly prepares herself for the inevitable.

  2. Mar 22 2020

    So nice to see Jennifer Johnston getting some love here! She’s my favourite writer and I’ve been steadily working my way through her backlist. Think I have read and reviewed 15 now 🙂

    • Mar 22 2020

      Kimbofo…thanks so much for your comments. I have JUST discovered Johnston and have so many books to look forward to. During #ReadingIrelandMonth19 I discovered Two Moons (review on blog…somewhere :)…and fell in love with it! I’ll have a look at your archive on your blog!


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