The Crime Writers’ Association

ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-fiction 2022


Julie Kavanagh

The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge and the Murders that Stunned an Empire

Published by: Atlantic Books / Grove Press UK

Complex and dense retelling of the historic murders of two senior members of the British government in Dublin’s Phoenix Park by Irish activists during the struggle for Home Rule. Kavanagh offers a panoramic narrative from Queen Victoria to the profoundly impoverished Irish tenantry. Sympathetic to all sides, often moving, and a painful foreshadowing of some of the problems of twentieth century Anglo-Irish relations.

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