Storyline: Basil of Makri seems to be a very lucky man. Not only has he survived several hellish scenarios (fire, war and pirates) but he is also gifted with fabulous wealth and longevity. Yet most of those he loved did not survive, and what remains of his family have locked him in a cellar. Now, out of the darkness, charismatic ghosts are springing to life, revealing his secrets. Deliciously dark comedy blends with tragedy on an epic scale…
Themes: Two very different men journey to the limits of good and evil: love and loyalty versus revenge and betrayal; religious fervour and duty versus common humanity. Both must make horrific choices, endure the earthly consequences, and contemplate the effects upon their soul…
Context: Across Europe, preachers are recruiting for Holy War, though they will end up murdering those of their own faith and destroying a great civilisation. The resulting chaos will make a humble Anatolian fisherman rich beyond his wildest dreams when he smuggles refugees away from the conflict. Sounds familiar? Think again: the year is 1200 and the fourth crusade is about to depart…
It was great to see that my ex-colleagues are still striving and thriving professionally – I spotted the DCP North East Branch were meeting on 6 July. On a personal level I’d love to hear from any former colleagues. North-east psychology gave me a lot of great life experiences; in return I’d like to offer any clinical psychologist in the north east who likes reading fiction free postage and half price on a copy of my novel. It makes great holiday reading – a cracking story set in Ireland and the north east, with psychological themes to do with trauma and resilience. You can inspect it by clicking on Ian’s books here or in the menu above. To ask for a copy just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a reader of the Holly Bough (2015 Christmas edition) and the Cork evening echo in Ireland this message is especially for you. The book ‘Crossing the Water’ was mentioned at the end of the article ‘The Big Fella and the little fella’… this described my father-in-law’s meeting with Michael Collins and his involvement in one of the first shoot-outs of the war of independence. The book itself tells the story of the lives of two ‘children of Irish independence’ as an elegy to that generation – and it has had really great reviews from readers – see for yourself.
You can get it half-price as an ebook for your kindle between the 22nd and 26th of December 2015. Don’t worry if you don’t have a kindle, you can read it on any tablet, laptop or computer, if you install the (free) kindle app on your device.
To find out a bit more about the book on this website use the menu above by clicking on ‘Ian’s books’ in the top menu on this page. You can also inspect the amazon listing page and see the reviews by other readers at this link: kindle e-book (this is also where you can get it between the 22-26th).
It can also be ordered as a printed book from Amazon using this link printed book or from Waterstones branches.
Readers of the Holly Bough (2015 Christmas edition published by the Cork evening echo) in Ireland will have read this article – and may be curious about the book ‘Crossing the Water’ – I hope so! Those who missed it can see it on this dropbox link (Click on the link to see it and then click on the image so that you can magnify it for easy reading.)
You can find out a bit more about this book using the menu by clicking on ‘Ian’s books’ in the top menu on this page or clicking on this link
If you want to order the book, it is available to order from Waterstones branches in the UK using these details: ‘Crossing the Water’ by Ian Wilkinson ISBN 978-0-9928485-0-7 … that should work in Ireland too, but you will have to ask them to order it in. If you have a problem getting hold of it please email me.
It can also be ordered from Amazon either as a printed book or as a kindle e-book (these have a different ISBN but its the same book) and you can inspect the amazon pages by clicking on the one you are interested in.
I do occasionally run special offers on the kindle version so watch this space over the Christmas period if you’re interested…
One fine September morning 96 years ago, a small boy strolled across a bridge over a river leading into a small town in rural Ireland. Suddenly, all hell broke loose around him as he was caught in the middle of one of the very first cross-fires between the IRA and the British army. That boy was my father-in-law, Paddy Ryan. His life was fascinating but typical of his generation, who experienced civil war, emigration, the great depression, and then world war two. His story inspired me so much that I blended it with other true stories into a novel that celebrates the lives of the children of Irish Independence and Anglo-Irish connections.
The book has been described as ‘a masterpiece’ by Professor Alan Carr (University College, Dublin) and the public reviews average 4.5 out of 5. As a way of helping hard-pressed libraries and of celebrating various anniversaries the Kindle version of this book will be available free each and every Sunday in September this year at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00QQTHBCY
One fine September morning 95 years ago, a small boy strolled across a bridge over the River Blackwater leading into the town of Fermoy, County Cork. Suddenly, all hell broke loose around him as he was caught in the middle of one of the very first cross-fires between the Irish Volunteers and the British army. That boy was my father-in-law, Paddy Ryan. The story of his life inspired me so much that that I blended it with other true stories to create a novel that celebrates the lives of that generation. From a psychologist’s perspective, it’s a study of childhood trauma and resilience in several characters as they move through the life span during troubled times. It makes a great holiday read for psychologists who enjoy reading fiction with a psychological emphasis and a background of living history.
One fine September morning 96 years ago, a small boy strolled across a bridge over a river leading into a town in rural Ireland. Suddenly, all hell broke loose around him as he was caught in the middle of one of the very first cross-fires between the Irish Volunteers and the British army. A few years earlier, while hiding under a table in his uncle’s pub, he had also observed Michael Collins (or rather his boots) during a secret meeting. Collins was, in all probability, recruiting for the Easter rising.
That boy was my father-in-law, Paddy Ryan. As a family therapist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society, I knew that all of us have secrets, and some of us have secret lives. Paddy certainly had both in a life both fascinating and typical of his generation, who experienced the war of independence, the great depression and world war two. I blended his story with other true stories into a novel that celebrates the lives of the children of Irish independence.
The ebook is available at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00QQTHBCY
The book has been described as ‘a masterpiece’ by Professor Alan Carr (University College, Dublin). The average public review score is 4.5 out of 5.