The Black Wreath

New from The O’Brien Press is The Black Wreath, The Stolen Life of James Lovett by Peter Sirr. Find out more about this new book for 10 and up:

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The Black Wreath is a fictionalised account of the life of James Lovett, son of Lord Dunmain, set in 1730s Dublin and colonial America.

Dublin is a city in flux, its population swelling, a place of great wealth and grinding poverty, a playground for the rich but also a violent and dangerous city. James Lovett, thirteen year old son of Lord Dunmain and heir to several titles and grand estates, finds himself homeless and dispossessed on the streets.

His boorish, drunken father must conceal his son’s existence to collect a large inheritance. He announces James’s death and even stages a funeral in the city’s cathedral.

But James is not dead. A spirited and resourceful boy, he is surviving by the skin of teeth. Can he survive against terrible odds?

The adventure works its way to a thrilling climax in the forests of Pennsylvania, followed by return to Dublin and a final confrontation with his family …

Paperback:320 pages

Size:196×130 mm


Also available as an EPUB

Paperback:€7.99, EPUB:€6.99

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