Ian Wilkinson: Local Author
Ian had a productive and well-respected career as a child psychologist before trying his hand at writing
A BOOK ABOUT WEARDALE AND IRELAND, BRINGING THE PAST TO LIFE.
CROSSING THE WATER.
Two young Irish boys are caught in crossfire in 1919 one is protected by a British soldier, the other used as a human shield. Both will face the pain of emigration and become a fugitive from justice while trying to build a new life. Both will cross the globe and find refuge with a troubled Weardale family whose lives we follow between the wars. How does an ordinary working man raise six daughters while taking care of his increasingly crazy wife? Both will struggle to survive when world war two erupts and rages around them. And, back in Weardale, Maggie and the other daughters await their return to the Cross Keys Inn. An intimate drama unfolds; how does a young woman choose between her close-knit family and the man she truly loves?
Professor Alan Carr, University College Dublin: 'An exceptional novel, empathy for his characters, thoughtful storytelling, a masterpiece.'
Anita Atkinson, Editor, The Weardale Gazette: 'The most gripping and memorable story I have read. I thoroughly recommend it to everyone.'
Author: Ian Wilkinson, published by Makri press.
Paperback or kindle ebook available on AMAZON (worldwide) ISBN 978-0-9928485-3-8; or buy one locally from the Weardale museum or the Weardale gazette office.
Image : © Ian Wilkinson