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Havoc in its Third Year

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

England in the 1630s: an unsettled country in turbulent times. People are gripped by fear: fear of crime and disorder, of foreign invasion, of Catholic conspiracies, of the vagrant poor. In a town in northern England a group of Puritan reformers tightens its hold on the lives of the inhabitants.  John Brigge is the local coroner, a respected man who wants nothing more than to work his farm and be with his wife, now expecting their first child. But when he is called to investigate an infanticide, Brigge finds himself drawn unwillingly into a vicious power struggle. Like the best historical novels, Havoc, In Its Third Year vividly captures the period yet resonates with the present.

Ronan Bennett was brought up in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Ronan
Bennett

Ronan Bennett was born on 14 January 1956 in Belfast, Ireland.

He was educated at King’s College, London, and was a research fellow at the Institute of Historical Research in London from 1986-7.

His first novel, The Second Prison (1991), a thriller about a member of a group of Irish republican activists, was shortlisted for the Irish TimesIrish Literature Prize for First Book. His second novel, Overthrown by Strangers (1992), is set in Latin America. The Catastrophist (1997), the story of an Irish journalist working in the Belgian Congo in the 1950s, won the Irish Post Literature Award and the Belfast Arts Award for Literature and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award. Havocin its third year (2004), is an historical novel set in seventeenth-century England. It won the 2004 Hughes & Hughes/Irish Independent Irish Novel of the Year. Zugwang (2007), was published in serial instalments in The Observer over seven months in 2006.

Bio extract from British Council

Ronan Bennett was born on 14 January 1956 in Belfast, Ireland.

He was educated at King’s College, London, and was a research fellow at the Institute of Historical Research in London from 1986-7.

His first novel, The Second Prison (1991), a thriller about a member of a group of Irish republican activists, was shortlisted for the Irish TimesIrish Literature Prize for First Book. His second novel, Overthrown by Strangers (1992), is set in Latin America. The Catastrophist (1997), the story of an Irish journalist working in the Belgian Congo in the 1950s, won the Irish Post Literature Award and the Belfast Arts Award for Literature and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award. Havocin its third year (2004), is an historical novel set in seventeenth-century England. It won the 2004 Hughes & Hughes/Irish Independent Irish Novel of the Year. Zugwang (2007), was published in serial instalments in The Observer over seven months in 2006.

Bio extract from British Council

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
06/09/2004
Country
Ireland, United Kingdom
Original Language
English
Author
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing

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