Earlier this week, Liam spoke to Daire Nelson of LMFM, about the background to the book and the history of tobacco growing in Ireland. A podcast of the interview is available to listen to online.
Liam's interest in the subject stems from the fact that his grandfather, John Nevin, was a key figure in the Randlestown experiment that saw tobacco grown commercially in Co. Meath at the turn of the 20th century. The entreprise continued well into the 1920s before it was finally abandoned. Realising the importance of the historical record contained in John Nevin's papers was what motivated Liam to write The Tobacco Fields of Meath. It is a fascinating account of Irish families at the turn of the twentieth century, struggling to make a go of a new crop in order to improve the lives of ordinary people and control the massive problem of unemployment and its consequence - emigration.
The Tobacco Fields of Meath by Liam Nevin is available to browse and buy online, in both print and e-book editions.