This Bitter land is a sequel to The Last Coachman, but it can be read as a stand alone novel as it is so well written and researched, with relevant points from the last book carefully woven into the story.
This epic tale about the Irish struggle for independance cleverly weaves fact with fiction with some characters based on the author's own family, and others who are actual people involved at the time. This mixture truly brings the story to life. In the best tradition of historical novels the facts are presented without bias or moral judgement, yet leave the reader with a clearer understanding of the events and how such actions may have come about. This book deserves a place on the bookshelves to read and reread for years to come.
ISBN : 9781848971738
Pages : 265
Size : 205x140mm
Imprint : Olympia Publishers
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.