5 Excellent - one of the best books I've read in yearsbohsboy | 09/11/2007 | See all bohsboy's reviews (1)A moving story of unrequited love and divided loyalties amist the horror of WWI and chaos of the 1916 Easter Rising. The book follows the story of Dubliner, Willie Dunne who, at 18 years of age, is not tall enough to follow his father into the police force so he joins the Army to fight in France. While on leave from the war in Dublin the 1916 Rising erupts and he is dispatched to confront the rebels. This is the story of just one of the many thousands of Irish soldiers who fought in WWI and were, sadly, subsequently written out of Irish history. A truly wonderful novel which was justly shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2005. I would recommend this book to anyone.