1691: A NOVEL
With author Joe Joyce
21/09/2020 at 7:00pm
Can we learn anything about history by approaching it with the narrative techniques of the novel? Joe Joyce discusses the topic in the light of 1691: A Novel, his account of the final year of the Williamite War whose decisive event, the battle of Aughrim, is routinely overshadowed by the battle of the Boyne. Delving into the personalities, friendships and feuds of two opposing generals, Patrick Sarsfield and Hugh Mackay, he unearths nuances and a more rounded understanding of a campaign which still haunts Ireland.
Joe Joyce is a journalist and author of six historical novels, including ECHOLAND, a spy story set in Dublin during the Second World War which was the city’s One City One Book in 2017. His other works include a biography of THE GUINNESSES and THE BOSS, the classic account of Charles Haughey’s 1982 scandal-ridden government, co-written with Peter Murtagh. 1691: A NOVEL is his latest book.
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