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Ashes in the Wind by Christopher Bland
  

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

Successful businessman and former chairman of the BBC writes his first novel aged 75. It is a huge history of the 20th century from 1908 as seen through the eyes of an Irish family. We meet two boys, one protestant, one catholic, and follow them from, 1908 to 1924; fascinating. There is the War of Independence then the Civil War touchingly told with the beauty of County Kerry as the backdrop. Then 1924-1936 from the Spanish Civil War on. Magnificent. Sadly the last part of the book covering the rest of the 20th century lacks the strength and compulsion of the first two parts.

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Ashes in the Wind by Christopher Bland

Two boys are growing up in County Kerry, Irish Tomas Sullivan and Anglo-Irish James 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.

Reviews

'An ambitious and enjoyable debut'
The Sunday Times

. 'A compelling narrative
The Racing Post

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

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

. '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

. 'Ambitious and engaging
Mail on Sunday

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

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

. 'A convincing and exciting page-turner
Irish Independent

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About the Author

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

11th September 2014

Author

Christopher Bland

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Publisher

Head of Zeus

Format

Hardback
416 pages

Categories

Sagas and Romance
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ISBN

9781781859339

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