From the author of Blood Upon the Rose comes a graphic novel depicting the guerilla war against British rule in Ireland.
At War with the Empire brings this turbulent era of Anglo-Irish relations to life with colourful artwork and lively text. It details the Declaration of Independence in 1919, the leaders involved in guerrilla warfare across the country, the groundbreaking signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 and the effects the Treaty had on Irish politics. Accessible and informative, this beautiful graphic novel is history at its best.
I've no idea why I haven't blogged about Gerry Hunts historical graphic novels before. We've had Blood Upon The Rose, the story of Easter 1916, since it was published in 2009. That was such a success that when At War With The Empire, the follow up came out, I ordered it straightaway. It was a no-brainer - my eldest son loved graphic novels and flew through them. And these books explained (in colourful detail) Irish history that he needed to know about, for school and for life. This latest one, 1913 Larkin's Labour War which I found in the library last week is his favourite of the lot
makes history thoroughly accessible to readers of all ages … highly recommended
bringing history to life better than any history book could hope. Accessible, informative and insightful ... will appeal to both children and adults
a perfect way of introducing a younger person to Irish history ... adults would enjoy it as well ... very interesting
'gets children into Irish history but through the graphic novel ... a super idea ... a personal favourite'
will resonate with many young people, boys especially, who are fascinated with this period of history and particularly the persona of Michael Collins ... essential stock for any school library ... does succeed in providing an exciting introduction to its subject matter
'visually the book works very well, the style of the illustrations capturing the mood of the story'
having achieved critical acclaim for his graphic account of the Easter Rising, Blood upon the Rose, Gerry Hunt has now turned to the next page in this country’s history. A vividly-presented, engaging account ... will attract younger readers despite its disturbing contact ... a style that will appeal to young readers ... Ireland’s War of Independence as you’ve never seen it before
The scenes and dialogue ... are masterly. Brilliantly conveying movement and violence ... will appeal to the younger generation ... but it is still a serious history of the war of independence
as a light introduction to these characters in an educational sense, this book is quite useful. Clever use of colour ... very good ... a resource ... to make that history more accessible than the really boring text books
The artwork here possesses an accuracy, especially in characters, that is good, while the detail to the historical aspects is incredible. The War itself is a terribly dark part of British history where honour and morals are set to one side in a desperate
some of the images ... are strong enough to work as stand-alone illustrations ... like its predecessor, this will serve as a useful introduction to the subject for second-level students
even the most pop-culture-literate teenagers should prefer Hunt’s approach to the reams of dates and names typically found in school books ... old-fashioned quality will appeal to fans of war comics
'moves along at a deceptively fast pace and a strong narrative emerges from the force and vividness of its determinedly old-fashioned drawings'
books like this belong in every school and library in Ireland to teach us very important aspects of our recent historical past ... a winner on every level ... hats off to O’Brien Press and Gerry Hunt for another winner
provides an accessible, informative read for adults as well as young people ... a useful addition to the history classroom ... sticks close to historical events
The War of Independence as you’ve never seen it before. Vivid and detailed ... expect a sequel
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