Olive Collins is an award winning and bestselling historical fiction writer. Olive grew up in Tipperary, Ireland. She has travelled extensively and lived abroad for years.
Her first novel, The Memory of Music tells the story of one family during Ireland's most turbulent years, the 1916 uprising and the subsequent War of Independence and Civil War. It is one of the few novels to explore the role of women. It was the winner of the Annie McHale Best Debut and remained in the Bestselling Charts for 3 months.
The Tide Between Us is her critically acclaimed second novel. It retraces Ireland's long history with Jamaica. 25% of Jamaicans' claim Irish ancestry, most were deported during colonial times for committing little to no crimes. The Tide Between Us follows the story of one boy, an indentured servant deported to the cane fields of Jamaica and his subsequent generations. This epic novel spans 170 years.
Her third novel, The Weaver's Legacy is a family saga based in The America West. It explores the history of the Irish colonies in the West. Their ambition was to self-govern far removed from the prejudice of the prejudice of the cities. As the Great Indian War rumbles in the Black Hills, their colony remain neutral until one of their community is suspected of arming the Indians. Loyalties are tested as their own nameless war ensues.
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