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'An excellent and well researched book ... an interesting and enjoyable read ... throws new light on the life and death of an Irish Black & Tan' - Royal Irish Constabulary Forum

'A well written and entertaining story ... an enjoyable read' - Irish Volunteers Commemorative Society

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When I was a youngster, the stories my Mayo grandmother told me of the bad behaviour of the 'Black and Tans' would give me nightmares. They were, she insisted, a vile and loathsome breed of Englishman. 

When a third cousin of mine asked me to help her uncover the truth about something her late father used to say - that they were related to a man who was hanged, along with some IRA men, for a murder committed during a raid - my interest was piqued.  Little did I know that this would lead to us uncovering the true story of a real 'Black & Tan'.  I also discovered that not all the 'Tans' were English.  In fact, at least a quarter of them were Irish or of Irish descent, as indeed was Dubliner William Mitchell, the subject of my novel. Although the family link to this man is as yet unproven, I spent two years chasing elusive case papers and official records before the full, unique and hitherto untold story of this tragic, forgotten man was finally revealed. His case files did not appear to have been opened since 1921. I also managed to track down his living family members and obtain their personal recollections. 

Spookily, Mitchell lived, worked and fought in parts of the world in which I too have spent time and which are familiar to me. Therefore I was able to fill the gaps between the known facts of his life with likely occurrences and characters I have encountered during my own travels. The story which emerged was an unsettling one. What sort of a man was Mitchell? Did he commit the murder of the magistrate and should he have been executed, or was this just possibly an awful miscarriage of justice? I give you the facts and invite you to decide. The possibility that Mitchell may be 'resurrected' (in a real sense) in the future and will continue to cause embarrassment to the authorities makes this a doubly intriguing case.  I hope you will enjoy reading my novel as much as I enjoyed writing it - though I do wonder what my late Granny would have made of these revelations!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: (February 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782991867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782991861
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,127,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Manchester, England, to a Mayo mother and an Antrim father, DJ Kelly has worked and played in 20 countries across 4 continents during a long career. Having taken early retirement, she and her husband are now settled in leafy Buckinghamshire. She still enjoys historical and family history research and writes historical fiction (mainly, but not exclusively, on Irish themes). She has also published a series of not-for-profit popular local history books. Since taking up writing full time, she has written two novels and is currently working on novels three and four. Having enjoyed membership of the Creative Writers' Network of Northern Ireland; Metroland Poets and Chesham Scribblers, she co-ordinates Chalfont Writers' Circle, founded in 2011.

Her debut novel 'A Wistful Eye - The Tragedy of a Titanic Shipwright' was based on the true story of her Titanic-building great grandfather. It has received good reviews from such bodies as the Belfast Titanic Society; The Historical Novel Society and Ulster Tatler Magazine.

Her latest novel: 'Running with Crows - The Life and Death of a Black and Tan' is another fact-based novel which tells the true but hitherto untold story of the only member of the British Crown Forces to be executed for murder during the Irish War of Independence. It too has had highly positive reviews from The Historical Novel Society; West Wicklow Historical Society; Irish Volunteers Commemorative Society; Royal Irish Constabulary Forum; Irish World Heritage Centre and the Irish Evening Herald.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Gaynard on November 22, 2013
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So, who were the men of the Black and Tans? In her absorbing fact-based, historical novel ‘Running with Crows: Life and Death of a Black and Tan’, DJ Kelly has filled in the sketchy existence of the only Black and Tan to be hanged for a crime committed in Ireland, William Mitchell. In doing so she provides excellent characterizations of other temporary policemen with whom Mitchell had joined the Royal Irish Constabulary at the time of the Anglo-Irish war (the 'Tan' war) in 1920. The fact that this man, known during his army career as ‘Mitch’ was a distant relative of hers, that he was almost certainly framed for the crime with which he was charged, that he hadn’t participated in any atrocities himself, and that he was, in fact, an Irishman born in Dublin—at least twenty-five percent of the Black and Tans were Irish--all add piquancy to the novel.

William Mitchell’s father was a British soldier, who had fought honorably in the Boer War. While stationed in Ireland, he married a Dublin protestant girl. He and his wife started their family in one of the more respectable streets of the poor Dublin working class, brothel-packed area area known as ‘the Monto’ in which Protestant and Catholic struggled cheek by jowl to make a living.

With his father often away in the army, Mitch was drawn into petty crime. His first acquaintance with ‘the peelers’ made his mother warn him that, ‘Them as runs with the crows will be shot with the crows’. A pattern of innocent people in Mitch’s orbit being made to suffer for his misdemeanours began. The first of them was his good-looking mother, sexually abused in a Dublin police cell when a ‘helpful’ policeman asked her to come in and pick up Mitch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John on December 1, 2013
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Wonderfully done. Explains another side of a tragic time in Irish History. Highly recommend if you are interested in Irish history.
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