Published in 1981 by Vantage Press, First Edition. Complete as issued with dust jacket. Gilt lettering on the spine.
During the Home Rule Crisis 1912-14 a young, English girl, Ellen Tristram, is sent to live in the province of Ulster with her Aunt and Uncle. Ellen's Uncle is involved with the Ulster Volunteers, a Unionist militia founded in 1912 to block home rule for Ireland through "...any means necessary...". The Ulster Volunteers were heavily involved in gun-running as a means to arm the militia, and James Melville, a successful Belfast wine merchant, chooses to give his time to help Ellen's Uncle's gun-running operation, he is also the centre of Ellen's romantic attentions. Being surrounded by the Ulster Unionist militia and gun-running, Ellen Tristram becomes a believer in the armed fight against Home Rule, as the tension between the many factions in the complicated history of the Home Rule Crisis grows, as does the plot of this story.
Coralie Kinahan (née De Burgh) was a British painter who won a bronze medal at the 1948 Olympic Exhibition. She was married to the Ulster Unionist MP and senior member of the Orange Order, Robin Kinahan who also served as Lord Mayor of Belfast during the build up to the Northern Irish Civil Rights Movement and The Troubles.
Overall in good condition. The dust jacket has signs of wear, with some small tears along the edges, and the colour has faded in places. The hardback boards are in very good condition with only mild shelf-wear to the head and tail of the spine. The binding is tight and the pages are clean.