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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Enterprise Book Club presents: Valiant Gentleman

Enterprise Book Club presents: Valiant Gentleman. When we weren’t melting out brain cells by watching others do the same on Black Mirror, some of us proudly took the time to indulge in some reading this holiday season — masochists that we are after a year of reading news. Among the gems recommended to us was Sabina Murray’s Valiant Gentlemen, a riveting piece of historical fiction on Irish humanitarian and revolutionary Sir Roger Casement and his friendship with his foil the British sculptor Herbert Ward. Whether it is read as a colorful adventure novel or political treatise, the draw in this long read is the intensity of the characters and their moral convictions that take them down widely varying and tragic fates. Be warned: The gruesome acts depicted here cast a very grim view of empire in the early 20th century. A lot of sleepless nights with this one.

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