E.V. Thompson was born in London. After spending nine years in the Royal Navy, he served as a Vice Squad policeman in Bristol, became an investigator for British Overseas Airways (during which time he was seconded to the Hong Kong Police Narcotics Bureau), then headed Rhodesia’s Department of Civil Aviation Security Section. While in Rhodesia, he published over 200 short stories before moving back to England to become a full-time award-winning writer.
His first novel, Chase the Wind, the opening book in the Retallick saga, won the Best Historical Novel Award, and since then more than thirty novels have won him thousands of admirers around the world. In 2011 E.V. Thompson was awarded an MBE for services to literature and to the Cornish community. Ernest died in 2012.
The Music Makers by E.V. Thompson
In the troubled countryside of Ireland, the 1840s are harrowing years; the seasons when potato crops fail and the gaunt spectre of hunger stalks the landscape.
Against this stark world stands Liam McCabe, one-time fisherman of Kilmar, now turning his hand to politics to offer his countrymen the thing they need most: a glimmer of hope. Never far away are the women in Liam’s life: Kathie, the fiddler’s winsome daughter, and Caroline, a dazzling lady of the aristocracy.
But Liam will need more than just their support as he confronts new and dangerous enemies, spinning a web of corruption across his tormented nation….
Praise for the Author
‘A vigorous and fascinating piece of storytelling from the pen of a world-class professional’ – The Sunday Times
‘A crowded, vigorous and evocative novel’ – Yorkshire Post
‘Mr Thompson has the verbal photography of Ernest Hemingway’ – Cornish Guardian
‘An entertaining and enjoyable read’ – Historical Novels Review