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Alan Monaghan

Alan Monaghan was born in Dublin in 1970.

After leaving school, he served an apprenticeship as a boilermaker in Guinness’s brewery, and subsequently started his career as an engineer. He was first short-listed for the Hennessy awards in 1995 with his short story, Rosary, and then again in 2002, with The Soldier’s Song, which won the Emerging Fiction prize as well as the overall Hennessy New Irish Writing award.

Monaghan’s first novel, also called The Soldier’s Song, was based on his prizewinning short story and was published to wide acclaim in 2010. It was subsequently shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards and was followed by The Soldier’s Return (2011), and the Soldier’s Farewell (2012). These three novels comprise an epic trilogy that explores the most tumultuous period of Irish history, from the Great War through the War of Independence to the Irish Civil War.

Alan Monaghan has also contributed book reviews to both the Irish Independent and the Sunday Business Post. He is currently working on his next novel, which is set during the Spanish Civil War.

‘Monaghan is at his best when he veers… into Bernard Cornwell territory. His descriptions of action are lucid and exciting, evoking the tension of the cat-and-mouse manoeuvres of snipers, and simplifying the chaos of small-scale skirmishes… Entertaining’
Sunday Times
‘Monaghan's is an impressive achievement… Various real-life figures – notably Michael Collins, Emmet Dalton, Erskine Childers and Liam Lynch – are adroitly and vividly woven into the action… leaving the reader to admire a skilfully told historical saga’
Irish Independent

The Soldier's Song

The Geraldine Cooke Agency;
Macmillan;
pub. Macmillan;
All Rights;
UK Rights;
Worldwide;
present
present
2010
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.

The Soldier's Return

The Geraldine Cooke Agency;
Macmillan;
pub. Macmillan;
All Rights;
UK Rights
Worldwide;
present
present
2010
Battered and broken by three years of fighting, Stephen Ryan returns to Ireland – to the woman he loves, and in the hope of a return to his old life. But, instead, he finds the seeds of a new conflict are being sown in Dublin.

The Soldier's Farewell

The Geraldine Cooke Agency;
Macmillan;
pub. Macmillan;
All Rights;
UK Rights;
Worldwide;
present
present
2010
Dublin, 1921. The Irish War of Independence comes to a head, in a conflict that will pit Irishman against Irishman, brother against brother...