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The Last Coachman

The Last Coachman

John Michael Doyle


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The year is 1916 and across the globe the First World War rages.Britain is in danger of losing the war for want of ammunition, and to rectify the situation a gigantic munitions factory is being built in Southern Scotland.In Ireland trouble is brewing and armed rebellion against British rule is imminent.Michael Quinlan, a coachman, is laid off due to the war and joins the thousands of Irish navvies building the factory where, with his son James, he becomes inadvertently involved in an Irish rebel plot to disrupt the work. From the ordered existence of a coachman he is trust into a world seemingly gone mad.“In the end the thousands of guns and the millions of deaths came down to a single pistol shot and a lone body tumbling from a lofty viaduct into the treacherous waters of the Solway Firth.”

ISBN : 978-1-84897-088-5

Published: 30/06/2010

Pages : 289

Size : 205x140mm

Imprint : Olympia Publishers

John Michael Doyle

John Michael Doyle (BA Hons. IEng, MIED)  was born in Beaufort County Kerry, the son of an Irish father and English mother and lived there until moving to England at the age of 17. He worked in the engineering industry, mainly in aerospace, and served three years in the British Army. In 1988, the author graduated from the Open University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and achieved BA (Honours) three years later. He then joined the staff of The Institution of Engineering Designers with responsibility for Continuing Professional Development.

In 1998, John was appointed as Associate Lecturer at The Open University in the field of Professional and Career Development in Engineering. In 2005, the author retired but continued to work for the OU in a consultancy capacity. John has always had an interest in history and hobbies, which now include writing, walking and photography.

The author is married to Shireen and has one daughter, two granddaughters and a dog.

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