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Three novels set in Ireland;s past and present. Kudos, Facebook friend Damian McNicholl

A murdered child, an adolescent awakening and a mysterious envelope are the subjects of three novels, all with an Irish theme.
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This looks like a compelling novel, bringing the Famine to life through the eyes of children.

Paul Lynch’s novel “Grace” asks timeless questions about suffering and survival through the story of a sister and brother in the Irish famine.
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A gratifying new reader review on Amazon:5.0 out of 5 stars: by A.M. Dodd:
I am a second generation Irish American. Both sets of grandparents set sail to Ellis Island to seek better lives in America. I have always been proud of my heritage and my strong roots. As a voracious reader I consumed many a book about Ireland. Yeats, Joyce, Friel, McDonough, McGrath, Trevor, Donleavy, O'Brien all grace my many bookcases. I thought I was fairly knowledgeable concerning Irish history. ...Yet it wasn't until I picked up John Kelly's devastating story of the Great Starvation (for that is what my maternal Nana called it), that I began to truly understand the horror of that tragedy. I agonized while reading this tome. I sobbed. I was enraged. Kelly's research is professorial and his writing addictive. I have never been so viscerally moved by a work of non-fiction. I gave copies of "The Graves Are Walking" to family members as well as friends. What my relatives endured is a testimony to the steadfast stubbornness of the Irish people. "Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy." ~ W.B. Yeats Read this book if you want the truth about a misunderstood period in histoey,

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For Saint Patricks Day during the repeal of Obamacare....

For any inclined to celebrate, if you order this today from Amazon it will arrive by Saint Patricks Day, Everyone from Bill Clinton to the current President of ...Ireland (and many noted historians) have deeply praised this book. And, of course, it;s ironic that "proud" great grandson of Famine escapee / immigrant to U.S. ("immigrant": that dirty word!) Paul Ryan, and his fellow Republicans are trying to affect a health insurance policy that would leave 24 million Americans in a different form of as dire shape as the English left the Irish in 1846,

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A magisterial account of one of the worst disasters to strike humankind--the Great Irish Potato Famine--conveyed as lyrical narrative history from the acclaimed author of The Great MortalityIn this masterful, comprehensive account of the Irish Potato Famine, delivered with novelistic flair, Kelly...
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America opened itself up to the starving Irish in 1847, coming in boatloads, crammed together, one on top of another, in dangerous steerage, half naked, full of disease, starved and starving, some dying en route. All were welcomed to start a new life in this country and to thrive, one to become an epoch-defining President. It is un-American to do what Trump is trying to do now.

Happy St. Patrick's Day from The Graves Are Walking...

Searing and beautful paintings of the Famine, by ``audacious'' painter Daniel Macdonald, at Quinnipiac University's Great Hunger Museum.

An exhibition at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum in Connecticut resurrects the audacious career of Daniel Macdonald.
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Thank you, Damian McNicholl, for this good news. It seemed to have been in poor taste, to say the least.

Major protests occurred when Irish famine sitcom was suggested.
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After its losses in World War I, the last thing Britain wanted to do was ever go to war again. Along the route of the 1919 Victory Day parade stood the "surplus women" - those left unmarried because so many young men had died in the war - who made up for their loneliness by watching Raymond Navarro and Rudolph Valentino movies.

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After its losses in World War I, the last thing Britain wanted to do was ever go to war again. Along the route of the 1919 Victory Day parade stood the "surplu...s women" - those left unmarried because so many young men had died in the war - who made up for their loneliness by watching Raymond Navarro and Rudolph Valentino movies.

An excerpt from Never Surrender:

"In the early postwar years, human memorials to the “Great Sacrifice“ also abounded. There were the legions of young women -- part of Britain’s 1.7 million “surplus women” -- who gathered at the local cinema on weekends to dream about Raymond Navarro and Rudolph Valentino, now that all the boys they might have dreamed of had gone to a soldier’s grave. There were the ubiquitous one-armed porters, one-eyed barristers, and one-legged butchers. Mercifully, the government kept the grands mutiles, the grotesquely disfigured of face and limbless of body, out of view in military hospitals.

Contrasting the pre- and post-war mood of Britain, the historian Arnold Toynbee noted that before 1914, “Westerners and…British Westerners above all, had felt that they were not as other men were or ever had been….Other civilizations had risen and fallen, come and gone but [the British] did not doubt that their own civilization was invulnerable.”

After 1918, vicars and public men continued to preach the same old verities in the same old ways, but the preaching had become reflexive, the way a body sometimes twitches after death. The young, having seen where patriotism leads, were throwing over God, King, and Country for pacifism, socialism, communism, trade unionism, internationalism, environmentalism, nudism, flapperism, Dadism, anarchism, and any other ism they could get their hands on. And the intellectuals, having examined humanity from every imaginable angle, concluded that Man’s dark impulses would keep what one of them called the “Death Ship” of war afloat in perpetuity.

The bookstores filled with titles that breathed despair -- The Dying Creeds, the Smoke of Our Burning, Life against Death, and Can Civilization be Saved? And the old, bewildered by it all and heavy with sorrow, stood in half empty churches, intoning that most melancholy of English hymns, Oh God Our Help in Ages Past.

The busy tribes of flesh and blood…
Carried downwards by the flood
And lost in the… years..."

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7 days and counting - "Never Surrender: Winston Churchill and Britain's Decision to Fight Nazi Germany in the Fateful Summer of 1940" is out October 20th!

If you haven't pre-ordered your copy of "Never Surrender" yet, please click here: http://amzn.to/1WvG7wU

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7 days and counting - "Never Surrender: Winston Churchill and Britain's Decision to Fight Nazi Germany in the Fateful Summer of 1940" is out October 20th!

If you haven't pre-ordered your copy of "Never Surrender" yet, please click here: http://amzn.to/1WvG7wU

Mark your calendars!

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Very gratifying compliment just now from Malachy McCourt: ``The Graves Are Walking is the best book ever on the Irish Famine.`` Thank you, Malachy. (Malachy McCourt is an Irish-American actor, writer, and the 2006 Green Party candidate for governor of New York -- and the younger brother of author Frank McCourt.)

I am pleased to announce the Facebook page of my next book, NEVER SURRENDER: WINSTON CHURCHILL AND BRITAIN`S DECISION TO FIGHT NAZI GERMANY IN THE FATEFUL SUMMER OF 1940. To be published on October 20. Would be gratified if you LIKE`d and joined the imminent conversation.

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Had a great evening speaking to the combined history and political science depts of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA last night. A terrific group of professors and students, many of whom were being inducted into two honors societies. The bonhomie between the professors and students, very gratifying to see,

This is the cover of my next book, to be published by Scribner in November. NEVER SURRENDER: WINSTON CHURCHILL -- AND BRITAIN'S DECISION TO FIGHT NAZI GERMANY IN THE FATEFUL SUMMER OF 1940. Hope GRAVES's FB friends will come along for this ride as well.

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Happy St. Patrick;s Day from THE GRAVES ARE WALKING.

Happy to announce that my next book will be pubished this coming November by Scribner: NEVER SURRENDER: WINSTON CHURCHILL AND BRITAIN'S DECISION TO FIGHT NAZI GERMANY IN THE FATEFUL SUMMER OF 1940.