Troubador The Orange and the Green

Released: 20/12/2017

eISBN: 9781788033985

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The Orange and the Green

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Imagine discovering a family secret. My great uncle, Charles Love Crockett, a lieutenant in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was shot in contentious circumstances during the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin. Charles was rarely spoken of, as if his death was too unpalatable to digest or acknowledge. His untimely passing is the inspiration for this novel.

Imagine being a teenager thrust into the horrors of trench warfare in Flanders Fields. Tens of thousands of boys lied about their age to enlist, often with the connivance of recruiters. Such a boy is William Callaghan, a timid teenager who is conned into joining the British Expeditionary Force in 1915. William likes nothing more than to read books but he is betrayed by an older alcoholic brother, who has returned from the Front a broken man. William ends up, very reluctantly, in uniform.

Hardened in battle and matured by an intimate relationship with a French maid, he is transformed into a self-confident leader of men. William triumphs over adversity and deceit. He discovers his brother’s treachery. Many beliefs, once blindly held dear, are exposed as untruths. War changes William for the better and he emerges from the shackles of bigotry, a free enlightened man.

One review from Goodreads:

Rosamund's review Mar 14, 2018
really liked it

Hard to be dispassionate about this one as I know the author but it is a fast paced and well-researched World War One story. Good on the impact of trauma in wartime. The main character feel fresh and a real voice.

Also Joseph and Sheila Clarke gave it 5/5 on Goodreads.

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Included are five reviews posted on Amazon

4.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
By Amazon Customer on 2 March 2018
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I really liked the characters, they were refreshing, likeable and the the information about WW1 and it's affect on soldiers and their families felt very real. I'd you have a interest the Irish troubles and this book explores some of the reasons for the conflict and shows their contribution to WW1.


5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and beautifully written.
By Jill on 15 February 2018
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The politics and history of this beautifully written novel kept me gripped throughout. Thought provoking and powerful. Highly recommended.

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
By peter bathurst on 4 February 2018
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Really enjoyed the book. Hard to put down. Thoughtful and educated writing.

5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two brothers and two wars
By Amazon Customer on 27 January 2018
Inspired by a family connection, this is a beautifully written, poignant tale of two brothers Tommy and Willy, Tommy is the son who can do no wrong, loved and feted in particular by his father, admired as a man in a man's world. By contrast Willy is superficially a softie who dreams of becoming a teacher and loves reading beyond all else.
Confronted with the sordid reality of world war one trench life Tommy proves himself to be a straw man, a coward at heart who returns home full of malice and misdirected anger at his self-inflicted wounds. A traitor to the core he sells his brother Willy down the river into prematurely enlisting in the army; jealousy and rage prompt his betrayal, but the chance to grab hegemony over their shared bed is the figurative explanation. This is echoed later in the novel when the emotionless father can only bring himself to write to Willy in the trenches, in the hope he'll persuade the mother to allow him back into the marital bed. This prompts the question, do we always make our own bed? In Willy's case the answer is a resounding yes, through his moral integrity and compassion he reveals himself to be fully in control of his own fate.
Willy's adventures reveal a man of steel, promoted to sergeant due to his combination of bravery, self sacrifice and inherent leadership skills. He forges a deep friendship with the wonderful Alfie, a thoughtful and intelligent man, who previously deserted for wholly different reasons to Tommy. He exonerates himself through his later actions in contrast to Tommy who goes from bad to worse. Another friendship is with the brawn over brains Frank. However, Frank is revealed as a man who though lacking in formal education, is almost entirely in tune with the natural world - skills which will come in useful. Their friendship is tested to the limit at the end of the plot, as Willy has to rush in and protect a Catholic girl from rape at the hands of Frank and his comrades. Willy's fledgling sexuality is also explored with tenderness and humour, through his friendship with Juliette, who takes his virginity, and her mother, who takes his innocence!
In short a lovely tale looked at through the backdrop of world war one and the Easter Rising in Dublin, where we are offered a rare glimpse of the troubles from the perspective of an 'orangeman'. This is by far the most thoughtful and literary novel I have read on the Amazon free download offer.

5.0 out of 5 stars
A page turner
By Ella Moran on 5 February 2018
A fantastic and intellectually stimulating read. The short novel plunges you into the depths of Irish history through the eyes of the likeable protagonist, Willie. Willie's vivid imagination and love of words is reflective of the writer's own literary talents. Would definitely recommend.




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One review from Goodreads:

Rosamund's review Mar 14, 2018
really liked it

Hard to be dispassionate about this one as I know the author but it is a fast paced and well-researched World War One story. Good on the impact of trauma in wartime. The main character feel fresh and a real voice.

Also Joseph and Sheila Clarke gave it 5/5 on Goodreads.

=================================================================================================


Included are five reviews posted on Amazon

4.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
By Amazon Customer on 2 March 2018
Verified Purchase
I really liked the characters, they were refreshing, likeable and the the information about WW1 and it's affect on soldiers and their families felt very real. I'd you have a interest the Irish troubles and this book explores some of the reasons for the conflict and shows their contribution to WW1.


5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and beautifully written.
By Jill on 15 February 2018
Verified Purchase
The politics and history of this beautifully written novel kept me gripped throughout. Thought provoking and powerful. Highly recommended.

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
By peter bathurst on 4 February 2018
Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed the book. Hard to put down. Thoughtful and educated writing.

5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two brothers and two wars
By Amazon Customer on 27 January 2018
Inspired by a family connection, this is a beautifully written, poignant tale of two brothers Tommy and Willy, Tommy is the son who can do no wrong, loved and feted in particular by his father, admired as a man in a man's world. By contrast Willy is superficially a softie who dreams of becoming a teacher and loves reading beyond all else.
Confronted with the sordid reality of world war one trench life Tommy proves himself to be a straw man, a coward at heart who returns home full of malice and misdirected anger at his self-inflicted wounds. A traitor to the core he sells his brother Willy down the river into prematurely enlisting in the army; jealousy and rage prompt his betrayal, but the chance to grab hegemony over their shared bed is the figurative explanation. This is echoed later in the novel when the emotionless father can only bring himself to write to Willy in the trenches, in the hope he'll persuade the mother to allow him back into the marital bed. This prompts the question, do we always make our own bed? In Willy's case the answer is a resounding yes, through his moral integrity and compassion he reveals himself to be fully in control of his own fate.
Willy's adventures reveal a man of steel, promoted to sergeant due to his combination of bravery, self sacrifice and inherent leadership skills. He forges a deep friendship with the wonderful Alfie, a thoughtful and intelligent man, who previously deserted for wholly different reasons to Tommy. He exonerates himself through his later actions in contrast to Tommy who goes from bad to worse. Another friendship is with the brawn over brains Frank. However, Frank is revealed as a man who though lacking in formal education, is almost entirely in tune with the natural world - skills which will come in useful. Their friendship is tested to the limit at the end of the plot, as Willy has to rush in and protect a Catholic girl from rape at the hands of Frank and his comrades. Willy's fledgling sexuality is also explored with tenderness and humour, through his friendship with Juliette, who takes his virginity, and her mother, who takes his innocence!
In short a lovely tale looked at through the backdrop of world war one and the Easter Rising in Dublin, where we are offered a rare glimpse of the troubles from the perspective of an 'orangeman'. This is by far the most thoughtful and literary novel I have read on the Amazon free download offer.

5.0 out of 5 stars
A page turner
By Ella Moran on 5 February 2018
A fantastic and intellectually stimulating read. The short novel plunges you into the depths of Irish history through the eyes of the likeable protagonist, Willie. Willie's vivid imagination and love of words is reflective of the writer's own literary talents. Would definitely recommend.




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P J Crockett has created another work which is by turns comic, painful and, very often, viscerally real. The journey of the protagonist of The Orange and the Green, Willie Callaghan, from a difficult but loving adolescence to a sharp attainment of manhood is accomplished against the backdrop of 1916 and the first World War. We first meet Willie as a Belfast lad, at japes with his friends in a Belfast park. All too soon, and unexpectedly, he is enlisted and off to France a both as sniper and a boy soldier. Due to his skills with a rifle and the pitiful attrition rate of a trench-bound war, Willie is speedily promoted to the ranks of the officers.
P J Crockett writes about the period with real insight, learning and attention to detail, whilst the strong narrative is adeptly handled at a brisk pace that allows the twists and plot points to ambush and amuse the reader. The life of an Irish Protestant soldier in the British army is brought vividly to life against two of the key events of 1916: The Battle of the Somme, and the rising tidal wave of Irish nationalism in Dublin. Both are animated through the eyes, actions and experience of newly promoted Sgt Callaghan. We get a strong sense of how it must have been for countless young men who moved away to the great adventure of one of the most traumatic wars in history. The book also chronicles the fast-moving life of a youth who has an accelerated arrival in the adult world. These incidental scenes are reminiscent of the 18th & 19th century novels of Henry Fielding and Dickens: a young man is engulfed by apparently haphazard events on his journey to adulthood.
With The Phoenix and the Brighton Belle P J Crockett has already established himself an a writer of talent and in The Orange and the Green he has proved that he is able to write with elements of humour and poignancy and with a fine mastery of character and narrative.

by Paul Queff


This is a good book that I would recommend to historical fiction fans and others. I give this novel four stars. Go get a copy!

by Autumn Turner (via NetGalley)


P J  Alexander

I graduated from Hull University with a degree in French Language and Literature, many moons ago, and honed writing skills with the Open University (receiving a distinction in Advanced Creative Writing). Publishing credits are St Valentine's Sting (Every Day Poets, 2011), Grumpy Xmas which won the Lightship Flash Fiction prize in 2011 and The Free Lunch which was shortlisted and published in the Lightship Anthology in 2012. I have written two novels. The Orange and the Green is my second.

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