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Not a proud episode from British history
on 11 April 2013
I have rarely read a book that brings out every emotion as this does. I know enough about Irish and British history to understand that not much is as staightforward as it first seems, but the famine in Ireland, and the response to it by the British government (or certain people within that government) at the time defies belief.
Michael Grant has written this book in such a way that it would make a great screenplay, and a great film. It's all there from the beginning, every emotion, anger, frustration, love, rage, pity etc. is here.
I have read books on the famine, and have shaken my head at the lack of action by the government, Sir Charles Trevelyan being the main culprit, but this book puts things on a far more personal level, you find yourself getting emotionally involved with the Ranahan family, their starvation, their anger and despair.
I would highly recommend this book.