Newtownards in the Great War is my first book and I am so pleased and excited to announce that it is now available for pre-order. So, what does a blogger write about when they aren’t filling their site with stuff? For me, it’s local history.
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Newtownards in the Great War is part of the Towns and Cities range from Pen and Sword Books. The range was produced with the intention of sharing the untold stories of the people who were left behind while the War raged across Europe. The town that I grew up in has a very colourful past that needed to be shared. The town was at the center of the UVF gun-running and volunteered many men to the fight at the front. The official description says-
Before the Great War began, Ireland had already begun to take up arms. Conflict and political unrest was at the forefront of everyone’s mind as the country was trying to liberate itself. Newtownards was to become the centre in the eye of the storm which would shape the country for the next hundred years. But when War threatens the lives of countless people, it was the men of Ulster and Ireland that answered the call. Newtownards in the Great War tells the tales of the men and women who were prepared to sacrifice everything they had in order to be free from persecution and serve their King with pride. From the beginnings of the UVF to the division of Ireland, Newtownards and the Ards peninsula held the secrets of the men and shaped the world in a way no-one thought would be possible.
Thoughts on the Book
This was one of the most difficult projects that I have ever worked on. While I was writing it, I had several major setbacks which included the death of two laptops and losing the entire project twice. This has been a massive labour of love that I wanted to see to the end. After the project disappeared from my laptop (and came back as a random list of code) I could have given up, but I didn’t.
Thoughts on the Author
I hear that she is incredibly good looking and humble…..I joke! As a writer, this was my first major project and it was a massive learning curve. Thankfully, because Pen and Sword are a great publisher, they supported me every step of the way and really helped me out. I even have an official bit on the Pen and Sword website-
Lindsay Allister was born in Belfast and raised in Newtownards where she discovered how the unremarkable history of the town shaped everything. She studied at Movilla High School in Newtownards and remains active there as a parent. She is currently a freelance writer who has worked locally and nationally with various papers. She discovered her love of history after her father made her take part in the Brownie Guides history badge project.
Isn’t that cool?!
I literally put my blood, sweat, and tears into this book and I hope it shows. Trust me, I did not just phone this in. Some of the things that happened and things that I discovered about my town will stay with me (and haunt my nightmares) for years to come. If you are interested in local history, buy this book. If you are interested in World War 1, buy this book. If you like military history, buy this book. If you enjoy a bit of scandal, buy this book. I can’t think of a reason why you shouldn’t buy this book.
Newtownards in the Great War is available to pre-order now