John Kelly is the author of the acclaimed bestseller The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time and Three on the Edge: The Stories of Ordinary American Families in Search of a Medical Miracle. He has written about medicine, history, and psychology for many years. He lives in New York City and Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
"The Graves Are Walking is an engrossing chronicle of an historic tragedy that forever changed Ireland, Britain, and America. Kelly conveys the rawness of Irish suffering with a powerful intimacy--an entire nation reduced to a single wish: survival."--Amanda Foreman, author of the acclaimed A World on Fire: an Epic History of Two Nations Divided and the international bestseller Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire.
"John Kelly vividly writes the compelling story of the horror of Ireland’s potato famine, with intimate portraits of those who died and those who fled. Most illuminating is how he captures, in devastating detail, British leaders, who, imbued with religious fervor and ideological blinders, decided to use the plague as an occasion to teach the Irish good work habits, responsibility, and to rid them of their dependence on government. An extraordinary book, and a lesson for our times."--Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, founder of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, and author of Failing America's Faithful: How Today’s Churches Mixed God with Politics and Lost Their Way
“I wish more people wrote history like this: fast-paced but carefully documented, lively as a novel but tackling, head on, one of the great human catastrophes of nineteenth-century Europe. Kelly’s portrait of a tragedy rooted in a superpower’s imperial arrogance has echoes for the world we are still living in today.” -- Adam Hochschild, author of the New York Times bestseller To End All Wars