The Undiscovered Country

By Aidan McQuade

'Why should people care about a murder during war time?' Two men attempt to solve the killing of a young boy during the Irish War of Independence in 1920.

Monday, 3 August 2020

It's a bit gritty, but that's the modern world - Father Ted Crilly

Dear All

I hope by now you have all received your copies of The Undiscovered Country. I know that some of you have already read it. I can't tell you how delighted I was to hear how much most of you have enjoyed it. 

I know that some of you may be a bit upset by the  language of my characters. ("Feck this. Feck that... and of course the other "F" word. The BAD "F" word. You know the one I mean Father.")  I can only apologise for my characters. Writing it was a bit like taking notes from the overheard conversations of a bunch of very decent and not so decent people, stressed out by the experiences of murder and war. Some wars may be more genteel, but that's not what I saw or heard in Angola and Afghanistan. 

The book goes on general release on 20th August. It would be great if you could post your reviews - Amazon will only accept them after 20 Aug, but reviews can already be published on Good Reads and Waterstones.

It's been a long road. I can't thank you all enough for sticking with me through it. I hope that the finished book gives you  pleasure and maybe stirs a few thoughts. As the character of Sophia says, channelling the spirit of John Hume, "Moral outrage... more... than killing, is what ultimately changes the world for the better." When we stir enough of that it's when we shall overcome.

Keep safe all 


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Edie Anderson
 Edie Anderson says:

Congratulations and good luck with the launch! Never apologise. Sometimes, only an 'F' word will do! ;)

posted 4th August 2020

Thomas Rodgers
 Thomas Rodgers says:

Just finished the book. I didn’t want it to end. Great characters, great dialogue and some brutal honesty. Provokes a range of emotions and raises many questions about what people are capable of, especially in times of war.

What’s next Aidan??

posted 4th August 2020

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