What other people say…

Professor Alan Carr, University College Dublin: “A coming of age novel with a difference… ‘Crossing the Water’ begins against the backdrop of the Irish civil war when two boys are caught in an incident which will change their lives forever. They take different paths, but their lives remain linked in distinctive ways as a tale of friendship and conflict, loyalty and emigration, love and war unfolds. The novel spans three continents (Europe, America and India) and three decades (1919-1946) during which the central characters and their families experience the joys of life but also struggle with the realities of separation, trauma and loss. Ian’s background as a clinical psychologist informs his descriptions of both the problems that befall his characters and their resilience and coping methods. However, what makes this an exceptionally memorable novel is his empathy for his characters and his thoughtful storytelling … a masterpiece.”

Elizabeth Taylor, Librarian: “Describes the journey of two Irish lads from the trouble torn Ireland of the 1920s to the end of the Second World War; plus, the decisions they must make in loyalty and love. A great read for book groups.”

Chris LLoyd, the Northern Echo: “weaves a dramatic story from his wife’s family, about the murderous machinations and strange secrets of life during the Irish troubles, with other exciting tales from the second world war era…”

Public review on Amazon.co.uk: “The novel opens with a dramatic incident which draws the reader into the story of the lives of two young boys in Ireland. The writer gives a very readable flavour of Ireland, the Irish people and history during the 1920’s. This turbulent time in history is well portrayed. The story contains lovely descriptive passages and makes this first novel of Ian Wilkinson a joy to read. The reader is witness to the lives of these boys as they transform into men. The writer uses beautiful metaphors of music within his portrayal of romantic interludes. I fully recommend this book as a good read.” by ‘Carole’ (5 stars)

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