This dramatic book explores the most obscure and unbelievable stories of the Irish who wreaked havoc from Rio de Janeiro to China – from slaves, mercenaries, drug lords and killers.
The Blackest-Hearted Villains from Irish History
The Irish are celebrated at home and abroad as explorers, freedom fighters and great writers and artists, but for every Tom Crean, Bernardo O'Higgins or James Joyce, there is a Hugh Gough, Antoine Walsh or Luke Ryan.
This book is about the Irish slavers, grave-robbers, duellists, conmen, drug-lords and killers who wreaked havoc around the world …
a nineteenth century version of the Sunday World
who could resist a book with a title like this? … a timely reminder that our gentle nation doesn’t always lay out a hundred thousand welcomes
'imbibers of Jameson whiskey will be interested in the opening entry about a family member who was also a disturbingly devoted naturalist'
'readers who like their history told on a human scale—and with a little blood and backstabbing—will be entertained and educated'
'Natural storyteller and Dublin-based journalist O’Shea brings the past to life in 11 accounts of the “bad guys” of Irish history … fascinating'
'not for the faint-hearted but a real eye-opener'
'will make a great stocking filler this Christmas'
'if anyone wishes to maintain the delusion that we are an island of saints and scholars, they had best avoid this book'
'O’Shea tells his stories with panache'
'unlike many history books, it’s a brisk, enjoyable read'
'they definitely don’t teach this s*** in school'
'should appeal to those interested in the less celebrated suns of Erin'
'no shortage of ... despicable characters in this modern day penny dreadful'
'anyone who thinks Louis Walsh is responsible for the worst Irish horrors visited upon the world should pick up a copy of Joe O’Shea’s book'
'a fantastic cover'
'I absolutely love this'
'lifts the lid on an array of colourful misfits who caused chaos in years gone by'
'a fascinating new book'