A Journey in Ireland 1921 Jacket Image
List Price:
Discount Price:

A Journey in Ireland 1921

Wilfrid Ewart (author)
Lord Paul Anthony Elliot Bew (author)
Patrick Maume (author)
Paperback / softback,
Publication date:
21st November 2008

Author Biography

Wilfrid Ewart (1892-1923), from an English gentry background, took up journalism as a teenager and began writing sketches of military life while serving in the First World War. His war novel Way of Revelation (1921) was a contemporary bestseller and his other writings are still cited by students of the conflict. Paul Bew is Professor of Politics at Queen's University of Belfast. Patrick Maume is a researcher with the Dictionary of Irish Biography. He has edited several titles in the Classics of Irish History series.


In "A Journey in Ireland 1921", originally published in 1922, Ewart relates memories of his journey of April and May 1921. He interviews prominent figures ranging from the Dublin Castle spin-doctor Basil Clarke, Sinn Fein activists in Cork and Limerick to Southern Unionists, former Home Rule MPs and the writer and commentator AE (George Russell). His attempt at a walking tour between Cork and Belfast led to his being interrogated both by British forces and by the IRA; his account ends with a description of Ulster Unionist public meetings addressed by James Craig and Dawson Bates as the Northern Ireland parliament and government were about to come into existence.A meticulous and intelligent observer, Ewart finds himself caught between fellow feeling for embattled British forces and dismayed at the state to which Ireland had been reduced. His account provides a striking pen-portrait of Ireland in the last stages of the War of Independence.