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This epic saga, interweaving the destinies of the Anglo-Irish Burkes and the Catholic Irish Sullivans, through three generations, begins in 1919 with a shocking murder and the burning of the Burkes’ ancestral castle in Kerry.
John Burke and Tomas Sullivan were friends at school. But now they find themselves on opposite sides of an armed struggle which will engulf Ireland and take both men to a day of reckoning on the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War.
Meanwhile John’s doomed love for the daughter of an IRA hardliner will send him into exile in England, knowing that somewhere, in the Ireland of his heart, is a child he may never be allowed to meet.
Not until sixty years later will the triumphant and redemptive finale of this enthralling story be played out.
“Bland’s writing is lyrical and often beautifully descriptive” Times
“He has an exceptional grasp of Irish history and a capacity of even-handedness in writing about it – not to mention a rare ability to weave numerous narrative strands together…a convincing and exciting page-turner” Independent.
“The novel is both historically enlightening and dramatically absorbing” Spectator
“It’s an engaging yarn which succeeds in finding humanity amid the bigotry and violence” Mail on Sunday
PUBLISHER: Head of Zeus
PUBLICATION DATE: 11th September 2014
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