This wonderful work of historical fiction is based on the 1916 irish rebellion known as the easter rising were introduced to the main character ned holloran a 15 year old survivor of the sinking of the titanic neither of his parents survive he is given the choice to stay in the united states with his sister kathleen and her new husband. Irish novelist and historian llywelyn provides a fascinating account of the doomed 1916 easter rebellion as fictional characters plot and fight alongside actual historical figures the reader is swept up in both the glory and the tragedy of the doomed battle for irish independence. Llywelyns four books on modern ireland starting with 1916 and finishing with 1972 is perhaps the best overall introduction to eries sad and glorious history you fall in love with her characters and she fleshes out the bones of history with story telling second to none. It is a story of the brave men and heroic women who for a few unforgettable days managed to hold out against the might of the british empire the irish century novels 1916 a novel of the irish rebellion 1921 the great novel of the irish civil war 1949 a novel of the irish free state 1972 a novel of irelands unfinished revolution 1999 a . Through neds eyes morgan llywelyns 1916 examines the irish fight for freedom inspired by poets and schoolteachers fueled by a desperate desire for independence and played out in the historic streets of dublin against the background of world war i it is a story of the brave men and heroic women who for a few unforgettable days managed to hold out against the might of the british empire
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