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Ashes in the wind
Christopher Bland
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Two boys are growing up in County Kerry, Irish Tomas Sullivan and Anglo-Irish John Burke, close friends from different tribes. This is Ireland in 1919, and their friendship will be torn apart in the War of Independence and in the Civil War that follows.

The entwined fates of the Burkes and the Sullivans are played out over three generations, in Kerry, Spain, Northumberland, Mount Athos and finally back in Kerry, where the two families meet again.

Subtle, gripping, beautifully written, Ashes In The Wind is rooted in the history of Christopher Bland's own Anglo-Irish family, and brings to vivid life the people and places of
20th-century Ireland in a story of love, violence and redemption.

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Christopher Bland is a former Chairman of the BBC, BT and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He is Anglo-Irish and married with a son and four stepchildren.
This is his first novel.

'A convincing and exciting page-turner' Irish Independent.

[A] superbly written saga of Ireland's bloody struggle... Bland's writing is lyrical and often beautifully descriptive' The Times.

'Exciting, poignant and ultimately consoling debut novel ... fluently readable, sturdy and elegant prose of almost superhuman fairness' Spectator.

'Ambitious and engaging' Mail on Sunday.

'An epic novel. A vivid testament to the power that the traditional form still has ... It is extraordinarily gripping and moving' Melvynn Bragg, New Statesman.

'Captured the atmosphere of those ruined Ascendancy houses and the menacing gentleness of the Irish villages and countryside absolutely beautifully' Robert Harris.

'A really striking first novel with a strong narrative that's actually about something' Richard Eyre.

'A compelling narrative' The Racing Post.

'An ambitious and enjoyable debut' The Sunday Times.

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Keyword Index
Ireland - History - 20th century - Fiction.|Domestic fiction.
Country of Publication
Number of Pages
ix, 404

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