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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The Best Historical Fiction Read of Ireland


New historical fiction books are always looked out for. Good historical books are in the realms of the reader opinions. For good or for bad, best new historical fiction books can only be hoped for by the author. Therefore, keep readers happy and hope for good book reviews.


Set in Ireland of 1920. The small village of Cafgarven is caught up in the crossfire of a bitter exchange of gunfire. The local village priest is soon left in a dilemma. Two men from each side need his help.

One man is a reserve policeman recruited from England to aid the Royal Irish Constabulary. Many such reserve policemen were signed up for ten shillings a day to combat the Irish Republican Army. The British Government wanted to display the conflict as a police action. The supplementary police recruits were not given enough dark green police uniform so it was complimented with British Army Service uniform too. A mish-mash of Khaki and dark green R.I.C.

The supplementary police were nicknamed Black and Tans. They would become infamous for their lack of policing skills. They were mainly ex-squaddies from the trenches of the Great War with no policing experience but plenty of head on fighting. Many thought of them as rufless thugs in uniform. 

In a small rural village, Father John is perplexed by a problem. His duty, as a priest, is called upon. He must help a young English Black and Tan, plus a Fenian rebel at the same time.

Go get today: In print and Kindle  The Black and Tan Summer

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