Winner of Gradam Ui Shúilleabháin 2007.
In the archives of the French town of Chartres some printed pages from the 18th Century were discovered, and a reference to the mysterious author of these printers' proofs, Captain Seán Ó Raghallaigh. Set in and around the battle of Fontenoy 1745, Liam Mac Cóil's masterful novel explores the writing of history, and the points of view of the writer.
"THE 10 BEST BOOKS SINCE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY" — Comhar
“The recreation of the world of the Irish soldiers of 250 years ago in their own language is a work of artistry of the first order. There is no other novelist in Irish today who writes with the same care, precision and clarity. The novel is a pleasure to read, and is a work of art.” —Alan Titley, The Irish Times
“One of the finest and most powerful novels I have read in a long time. ” —Tadhg Dubh Ó Cróinín, The Limerick Leader