Like many other veterans of World War I, Bernard Thompson ends up in London – jobless, hungry and homeless. To gain employment, he signs up to be an auxiliary to the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) in Ireland but is misled as to the role to which he has been enlisted and is appalled by the unruly behaviour of his fellow recruits. While he struggles to find a way out of the dilemma, his patrol is ambushed and he is left for dead at the side of the road.
Gravely injured, Bernard is brought to a rebel household, where he is cared for and slowly regains his health. He acquires an understanding of the Irish cause and is eventually trusted to join the rebel force.
This is a story of love and conflict, loyalty and compromise during the rebel resistance, the post treaty civil war and the final declaration of peace.
The Tragic Isle by N.P. Kennedy
Fiction, historical novel, Irish history, War of Independence
216 printed pages with B&W photographs and illustrations. Paperback.
First published in Ireland, in 2023, under the imprint of The Manuscript Publisher
About the Author
Born in Ireland in 1908, N.P. Kennedy witnessed firsthand events surrounding Ireland's struggle for independence. The manuscript for his book, The Tragic Isle, was found among possessions left behind after his death in 1978.
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