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A Coward If I Return, a Hero If I Fall


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Neil Richardson studied Philosophy in University College Dublin and works as a creative writing teacher and editor. He is also a playwright and two of his plays, Through the Dark Clouds Shining and From the Shannon to the Somme, are inspired by stories from his book on the First World War. Neil is also a member of the Reserve Defence Forces and his family have a long military tradition stretching back over 150 years. His great-grandfather's experiences in the trenches inspired this collection of Irish veterans' stories.


'well worth the wait' -- Westmeath Independent 'Ireland's deliberate amnesia surrounding World War One is at last being punctured and a fine book such as this serves a key role in humanising the suffering' -- Westmeath Independent 'poignant' -- Westmeath Independent 'exceptional new publication' -- Westmeath Independent 'all in all, it's a fantastic read' -- Westmeath Independent 'a remarkable collection of stories' -- Kingdom Newspaper 'Shows an 'extraordinary empathy with a generation that is gone" -- Sunday Independent 'a moving collection of stories about Irishmen who fought in that war, backed up by photos, diaries and documents that bring us closer to these men than any book I have read before' -- Sunday Independent 'remarkable ... Insightful' -- Sunday Independent 'author Neil Richardson conveys the personal experiences of the soldiers and what life was really like facing enemy lines' -- Irish Post 'this very rich text will be read with interest by all those seeking to understand the impact of the war on Ireland and the Irish' -- 'heart-rending stories about bravery, family sacrifice, lucky escapes and tragic ends' -- Irish Post 'documents the life cycle of the war through the eyes of the Irish men that fought it' -- The Longford Leader 'He [the author] writes: 'The best way to understand the Irishmen who fought in the First World War is to remember them, to finally acknowledge what they went through and allow their stories to be told.' Neil Richardson should rest easy, as he's achieved -- Munster Express 'magnificent' -- Munster Express 'beautifully designed' -- Munster Express 'a stunning piece of research' -- Munster Express 'given that the first casualty of any war is the truth, any attempt to honour the Irish who fought in The Great War can only be welcomed. 'A Coward If I Return, A Hero If I Fall' is arguably the finest modern effort to record the tales of the Irish who fo -- Munster Express 'this very rich text will be read with interest by all those seeking to understand the impact of the war on Ireland and the Irish' -- 'one of the great achievements of the book is to present to the public some truly new material which has not been available before' -- 'thoughtful comments on memory of the war and its place in Ireland today' -- 'a fascinating new book containing accounts of the activities of participants in World War I has just been released and it tells the incredible story of the involvement in the bloody conflict of three brothers from Kerry' -- The Kingdom 'a wonderful book' -- Drogheda Independent 'a poignant and sometimes harrowing collection of personal experiences from The Great War' -- Sligo Weekender 'a fascinating, and indeed, saddening read' -- Westmeath Independent 'Richardson has done Irish history a great service in this book. It has helped add flesh to a growing amount of books on the Irish contribution to the first world war.' -- Books Ireland 'The O'Brien Press is to be congratulated on a very well produced book with over 150 photographs and other illustrations.' -- Books Ireland 'It is a moving and often tragic tale ... A book to dip into and enjoy, and I would recommend it most strongly.' -- Books Ireland This book adds another dimension to the many recent books on the Irish experience during the conflict ... -- Books Ireland 'At last a book that tells the truth about Ireland and a major part of our recent history' JK Flanagan -- 'fantastic reading' Five-Stars, Rebel in Blue -- excellent -- Evening Echo superb and heartfelt ... you need to read this book particularly if you are interested in Irish history and the history of the Great War (and make no mistake, this book details vital and important part of that history) -- this book should be on the school curriculum both in Ireland and the UK so the truth of the role of the Irish in the Great War is finally known ... superb, poignant, informative, I can't praise it enough, a most important book from a writer with the skill and courage to do his subject matter the justice it has so long deserved --

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