Initial press coverage

The ‘Darlington and Stockton times’ (front page) and the ‘Northern Echo’ both published reports about ‘Crossing the Water’: both focused on the incident which opens the book in 1919 – as related to Ian by Sheila’s father Frank Ryan, who witnessed it. Images of these reports can be viewed here. The ‘Northern Echo’ also published an […]

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 […]


The book ‘Crossing the Water’ is officially launched and the feedback so far is both consistent and very satisfying. The most common comments are that it’s a very gripping and exciting story, and the characters are easy to identify with. Others make reference to the unusual historical aspects; how events such as the Irish civil […]