Ashes in the Wind

by Christopher Bland

eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction Sagas and Romance

Ashes in the Wind Synopsis

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 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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Ashes in the Wind Press Reviews

'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

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ISBN: 9781781859353
Publication date: 12/03/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781781859339
Publication date: 11/09/2014
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781859353
Publication date: 12th March 2015
Author: Christopher Bland
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Sagas and Romance,
Categories: Sagas,

About Christopher Bland

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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