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Ángel Gil Cheza

Rain is a Song without Lyrics

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'An addictive novel’

«Ten years ago, while I was working as an archaeologist in Ireland, I found some very unusual human remains that belonged to a young woman, dating back to the Viking age. In that moment I started to imagine a story that could explain it. »


Rain is a Song without Lyrics is a story that could have happened; the descriptions of physical anthropology and archaeology and the real accounts of Ireland’s entangled history and the Viking world connect this fiction with real events, the traces of which are found by the author beneath the Irish rain.  

The story is born in the mud of cold Ireland in 2003, where the author worked in an archaeological excavation. After a thousand years of burial, he opened up the ground with his hands and what he found moved him so immensely that he began to feel connected to those mysterious skeletal remains that had one day been a person, who loved and was loved, like any one of us.  Rain is a Song without Lyrics is a story that could have been, but wasn’t, although the facts that are invented or discovered along the way do not disappoint.  The truth of events does not matter as much as what we feel, and in a way our feelings can lead us to the truth.


An Irish girl and a young Norseman star in an unforgettable tale set against the tumultuous backdrop of the first great battle of the second millennium in Dublin Bay, the Battle of Clontarf, a culmination of centuries of strife and treachery, fought between the Irish and the Vikings.  One thousand years later, a young book seller from the Spanish province of Valencia who comes to Ireland to escape justice, infiltrates into a fascinating world made up of archaeologists from all over the world, and excavates a find that changes him as a person, and makes him discover on the green, grey and wet island of Ireland, that we are where we are supposed to be, not where we came from.

The rain plays its song and we each write our own lyrics.  Sometimes, if we are lucky, the melody goes with it and our words are clear, precise, like a look between two lovers who don’t want to say goodbye. A thrilling novel, charged with historical flashbacks. A flight through Ireland; stroll through the cobbled streets of the Dublin of 1914 and those of 2003. Rain, friendship, battles, bones, blood, love, embraces, sex, mud and beer.. Each page excites the senses and will compel you to continue reading. 

Ángel Gil Cheza

Ángel has worked as a postman, a forest ranger, an orange picker, a waiter, a publican, a road sweeper, an archaeologist, a builder, a cook, a teacher and a farmer. Nowadays, after a long stay in Ireland, he cultivates an orange orchard and continues to work in the publishing world.

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