'A beautifully written, objective tale of one man's war...Devoid of rants against the High Command and armchair generals, and with the interwoven love story remaining understated, The Soldier's Song is a view of a changing world gone mad, and will stay with me for a long time.' --Daily Mail
'Monaghan is an engaging writer - he won the 2002 Hennessy New Irish award for the short story upon which The Soldier's Song is based - and this is a well paced and immensely readable novel.' --Irish Times
'It is craftsmanship of a high order.' --Irish Independent
'Impressive first part of a projected trilogy...The Soldier's Song is a fine story well told.' --Evening Herald
'As with Faulks, Monaghan can expect comparisons to Barker, not least because he plans to write several books in this series. Based on this engaging, unsentimental debut, he'll deservedly find a wide readership.'
--Sunday Business Post
`Rattling yarn...The Soldier's Song has at its heart an utterly empathic and believable hero. Spiced with historical figures and pivotal moments.'
`Monaghans' refined and fluid prose makes the novel's exploration of conflict. Love and loyalty against the backdrop of the First World War both enchanting and horrifying.' -- Ulster Tatler
'Monaghan builds on the legacy of WW1 writing with engaging women characters, Dublin politics, and a touch of class war, re-telling the ghastly truths of the trenches and the mud from a resolutely Irish perspective. Page-turning, heartbreaking, and quite lovely.' --Waitrose magazine
'Unfussy but strong storytelling - sounds like the perfect beach book to us. Even if Alan Monaghan's debut novel takes in serious subjects - the First World War, the 1913 Lockout, political maneuvering by the Irish Citizen Army, the 1916 Rising - it remains accessible and compelling, with a strong emotional thrust... Based on this engaging, unsentimental debut, he'll deservingly find a wide readership.' --Sunday Business Post
'Page turning, heart breaking, and quite lovely.' -- Waitrose Weekly
Dublin, 1914. As Ireland stands on the brink of political crisis, Europe plunges headlong into war. Among the thousands of Irishmen who volunteer to fight for the British Army is Stephen Ryan, a gifted young maths scholar whose working class background has marked him out as a misfit among his wealthy fellow students. Sent to fight in Turkey, he looks forward to the great adventure, unaware of the growing unrest back home in Ireland. His romantic notions of war are soon shattered and he is forced to wonder where his loyalties lie, on his return to a Dublin poised for rebellion in 1916 and a brother fighting for the rebels. Everything has changed utterly, and in a world gone mad his only hope is his growing friendship with the brilliant and enigmatic Lillian Bryce. The Soldier's Song is a poignant and deeply moving novel, a tribute to the durability of the human soul.