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“An intimate portrait of a young mother as she attempts to navigate the political and social complexities of early 20th
century Dublin. Full of social and historical detail – but always warmly human” Catherine Dunne, author
Ellen, romantic and naïve, falls in love with James, an Irishman
serving in the British Army. He is posted to India and this, for her,
is a dream come true. After seven years of heartache and joy, and a
lifestyle which is leisurely and luxurious, they return to Ireland and
James is demobbed.
They settle with their three young children in Dublin, a city rife
with political and civil unrest, and beset with terrible poverty. When
World War I is declared, James re-enlists. Ellen is left to bring up
her children alone, in a city which views the wives of British
soldiers with suspicion.
If James survives and returns, it will be to a different Ireland, one
which has lived through the 1916 Rising and its aftermath, where anti-
British sentiment grows stronger every day.
Ellen longs for James but worries. Will there be a place for them in
this new Ireland