Running with Crows: The Life and Death of a Black and Tan

Running with Crows The Life and Death of a Black and Tan It is In Ireland a war of bloody reprisals wages between Republican volunteers and Royal Irish Constabulary The RIC their ranks augmented by Great War veterans dubbed the Black Tans faces daily

  • Title: Running with Crows: The Life and Death of a Black and Tan
  • Author: D.J. Kelly
  • ISBN: 9781782991861
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback
  • It is 1921 In Ireland a war of bloody reprisals wages between Republican volunteers and Royal Irish Constabulary The RIC, their ranks augmented by Great War veterans dubbed the Black Tans faces daily ambushes and sieges Outrages are perpetrated by both sides in this struggle for and independent Ireland Meanwhile, in Dublin s Mountjoy Gaol, Constable William MIt is 1921 In Ireland a war of bloody reprisals wages between Republican volunteers and Royal Irish Constabulary The RIC, their ranks augmented by Great War veterans dubbed the Black Tans faces daily ambushes and sieges Outrages are perpetrated by both sides in this struggle for and independent Ireland Meanwhile, in Dublin s Mountjoy Gaol, Constable William Mitchell awaits execution for the murder, in a sleepy Wicklow town, of respected magistrate Robert Dixon Who was Mitchell and did he kill the magistrate What political machinations make Mitchell s execution a foregone conclusion Who is the sinister character whose life runs in parallel to Mitchell s and whose path briefly crosses his with fatal consequences DJ Kelly s research based novel reflects the true and hitherto undold story of the only member of the British Crown Forces to be executed for murder during the Irish War of Independence.

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    About “D.J. Kelly

    • D.J. Kelly

      Manchester born author DJ Kelly took early retirement in 2010 from a career which had enabled her to work and play in 20 countries across 4 continents and to learn a number of languages Her background is in research, investigation and intelligence analysis A member of the Society of Women Writers Journalists, she writes novels biographical fiction , local history, drama, screenplays, short stories and articles for local, national and international press and journals She is married and lives in Buckinghamshire Her latest book is Buckinghamshire Spies and Subversives DJ Kelly supports Chalfont St Giles Jordans Literary Festival.

    275 thoughts on “Running with Crows: The Life and Death of a Black and Tan

    • This is a well written research based historical narrative which reflects the true story of William Mitchell. The author has invested a great deal of time and energy in recounting his story, and it is to be commended that the sympathetic and skilful management of the facts ensures that the spirit of William Mitchell and his chequered life is opened up to scrutiny. The interesting interpretation of political events and the strategic placing of these events into a contextual historical setting cou [...]


    • So, who were the men of the Black and Tans? In her absorbing fact-based, historical novel ‘Running with Crows: Life and Death of a Black and Tan’, DJ Kelly has filled in the sketchy existence of the only Black and Tan to be hanged for a crime committed in Ireland, William Mitchell. In doing so she provides excellent characterizations of other temporary policemen with whom Mitchell had joined the Royal Irish Constabulary at the time of the Anglo-Irish war (the 'Tan' war) in 1920. The fact tha [...]


    • Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing said: 'There are no rules for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be'. She also said: 'There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth'.Running With Crows is a shining example of Lessing's philosophy. It is the very best kind of novel - one which does not conform to the tedious and formulaic rules of some polytechnic creative writing teacher, but which presents a true, and therefore credible story in so skilful a way as it enables us to [...]


    • A literary work of historical crime fiction based on a true story - well researched - it leaves the reader to make up his/her own mind as to whether the Tan actually killed the magistrate - like the fact that there were photos of the main character, who was a real person - a useful epilogue as I do like to know 'what happened next' - author writes knowledgeably about India, Dublin and south London - gritty descriptions especially of life in the trenches - dispels the popular myth that the Tans w [...]


    • I do like History and I adore true stories. This book kept me captivated from the very beginning. I was transported back to the early part of the 20th Century. I never really understood the History of Ireland, but now I do. I was rooting for Mitch all the way. I loved the fact that he spent a lot of time in India, a country I know well.The research must have been overwhelming sometimes. D.J.Kelly's ' Running with Crows' would make a good play or Film


    • Excellent recounting of history Excellent recounting of a very interesting time in Irish history. The Author gives life to forgotten figures in history. Worth a read


    • This is a well-researched and competently written novel, full of astonishing detail. The novel chronicles the life of Constable William Mitchell, a man accused of murdering a magistrate. The author describes the defendants’ childhood, family life and his time in the Army. Excellent scene setting and atmospheric writing create a very authentic and captivating novel. Historically this is hugely informative and clears up some misconceptions. Kelly stays close to her research data which gives the [...]


    • I love it when a book strikes the right balance between factual research and drama, and this is one of those books. In a solid and confident effort, D.J. Kelly brings to life the story of Constable William Mitchell, a regular man who finds himself on trial for the murder of a magistrate.Various chapters illustrate the life of Mitchell, from a young age to his life as a soldier. Beautifully fleshed out and spiked with fascinating details and facts, her narrative oozes authority and credibility wh [...]




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