A Coward if I Return, A Hero if I Fall Stories of Irishmen in World War I Synopsis
IRELAND'S FORGOTTEN LEGACY In 1914-1918, two hundred thousand Irishmen from all religions and backgrounds went to war. At least thirty-five thousand never came home. Those that did were scarred for the rest of their lives. Many of these survivors found themselves abandoned and ostracised by their countrymen, their voices seldom heard. The book includes: The first Victoria Cross Leading the way at Gallipoli and the Somme North and South fighting side by side at Messines Ridge Ireland's flying aces Brothers-in-arms - heart-rending stories of family sacrifice The lucky escapes of some; the tragic end of others The homecoming - why there was no hero's welcome Includes over 300 photographs and items of memorabelia from the lives of these brave men and their families. An important book that opened up the conversation in Ireland about our role in World War I. Updated, and with a new introduction.
A Coward if I Return, A Hero if I Fall Stories of Irishmen in World War I Press Reviews
'fantastic reading' Five-Stars, Rebel in Blue -- Amazon.com 'At last a book that tells the truth about Ireland and a major part of our recent history' JK Flanagan -- Amazon.com This book adds another dimension to the many recent books on the Irish experience during the conflict ... -- Books Ireland 'It is a moving and often tragic tale ... A book to dip into and enjoy, and I would recommend it most strongly.' -- Books Ireland 'The O'Brien Press is to be congratulated on a very well produced book with over 150 photographs and other illustrations.' -- Books Ireland 'Richardson has done Irish history a great service in this book. It has helped add flesh to a growing amount of books on the Irish contribution to the first world war.' -- Books Ireland 'a fascinating, and indeed, saddening read' -- Westmeath Independent 'a poignant and sometimes harrowing collection of personal experiences from The Great War' -- Sligo Weekender 'a wonderful book' -- Drogheda Independent 'a fascinating new book containing accounts of the activities of participants in World War I has just been released and it tells the incredible story of the involvement in the bloody conflict of three brothers from Kerry' -- The Kingdom 'thoughtful comments on memory of the war and its place in Ireland today' -- www.warbooksreview.com 'one of the great achievements of the book is to present to the public some truly new material which has not been available before' -- www.warbooksreview.com 'this very rich text will be read with interest by all those seeking to understand the impact of the war on Ireland and the Irish' -- www.warbooksreview.com 'given that the first casualty of any war is the truth, any attempt to honour the Irish who fought in The Great War can only be welcomed. 'A Coward If I Return, A Hero If I Fall' is arguably the finest modern effort to record the tales of the Irish who fo -- Munster Express 'a stunning piece of research' -- Munster Express 'beautifully designed' -- Munster Express 'magnificent' -- Munster Express 'He [the author] writes: 'The best way to understand the Irishmen who fought in the First World War is to remember them, to finally acknowledge what they went through and allow their stories to be told.' Neil Richardson should rest easy, as he's achieved -- Munster Express 'documents the life cycle of the war through the eyes of the Irish men that fought it' -- The Longford Leader 'heart-rending stories about bravery, family sacrifice, lucky escapes and tragic ends' -- Irish Post 'this very rich text will be read with interest by all those seeking to understand the impact of the war on Ireland and the Irish' -- warbooksreview.com 'author Neil Richardson conveys the personal experiences of the soldiers and what life was really like facing enemy lines' -- Irish Post 'remarkable ... Insightful' -- Sunday Independent 'a moving collection of stories about Irishmen who fought in that war, backed up by photos, diaries and documents that bring us closer to these men than any book I have read before' -- Sunday Independent 'Shows an 'extraordinary empathy with a generation that is gone'' -- Sunday Independent 'a remarkable collection of stories' -- Kingdom Newspaper 'all in all, it's a fantastic read' -- Westmeath Independent 'exceptional new publication' -- Westmeath Independent 'poignant' -- Westmeath Independent 'Ireland's deliberate amnesia surrounding World War One is at last being punctured and a fine book such as this serves a key role in humanising the suffering' -- Westmeath Independent 'well worth the wait' -- Westmeath Independent excellent -- Evening Echo this book should be on the school curriculum both in Ireland and the UK so the truth of the role of the Irish in the Great War is finally known ... superb, poignant, informative, I can't praise it enough, a most important book from a writer with the skill and courage to do his subject matter the justice it has so long deserved -- destructive-music.com superb and heartfelt ... you need to read this book particularly if you are interested in Irish history and the history of the Great War (and make no mistake, this book details vital and important part of that history) -- destructive-music.com
About Neil Richardson
Neil Richardson studied Philosophy in University College, Dublin, before writing his first book, A Coward If I Return, A Hero If I Fall: Stories of Irishmen in World War I, which won the Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year award at the 2010 Irish Book Awards. This was followed by Dark Times, Decent Men: Stories of Irishmen in World War II in 2012, and According to Their Lights: Stories of Irishmen in the British Army, Easter 1916 in 2015. A member of the Reserve Defence Forces, Neil has also written and produced plays with a Great War theme and has made several national ...
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