Aimee writes historical fiction under the name Denise Deegan.
THROUGH THE BARRICADES WON THE SCBWI SPARK AWARD 2017
She was willing to sacrifice everything for her country.
He was willing to sacrifice everything for her.
‘Make a difference in the world,’ are the last words Maggie Gilligan’s father ever says to her.
‘Don’t go getting distracted, now,’ is what Daniel Healy’s father says to him after seeing him talking to the same Maggie Gilligan. Daniel is more than distracted. He is intrigued. Never has he met anyone as dismissive, argumentative… as downright infuriating.
A dare from Maggie is all it takes. Daniel volunteers at a food kitchen. There, his eyes are opened to the plight of the poor. It is 1913 and Dublin’s striking workers have been locked out of their jobs. Daniel and Maggie do what they can. Soon, however, Maggie realises that the only way to make a difference is to take up arms.
The story of Maggie and Daniel is one of friendship, love, war and revolution, of two people who are prepared to sacrifice their lives: Maggie for her country, Daniel for Maggie. Their mutual sacrifices put them on opposite sides of a revolution. Can their love survive?
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Reaction to Through the Barricades:
‘Maggie and Daniel are well-developed characters with evident chemistry, and their relationship will hold readers’ attention as they both work to reconcile their beliefs with their feelings for each other. It’s an engrossing portrait of a chapter of Irish history that may be new to many readers.’ PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, BOOKLIFE
‘By far my favourite book of 2016. It is a powerful, emotional story about love – love for one’s country, love for one’s family – and the need to stand up and make yourself heard, to make a difference. Something we all need to be aware of today. THROUGH THE BARRICADES is nothing short of stunning and I know it is a book I will re-read for many years to come. ***** Linda Green, BOOKS OF ALL KINDS.
‘Gripping, heartfelt story set in the heart of Ireland’s most troubled time. A book to remember. Deegan takes us on a memorable adventure into the past,’ bestselling author, KATE KERRIGAN.
‘In Maggie, Denise Deegan has created a strong female character caught between her ideals and her heart,’ bestselling author, MARTINA DEVLIN, best-selling author.
‘Denise Deegan captures all the emotion and drama of Ireland during the rebellion, and a world at war. A thoroughly compelling book which I enjoyed immensely,’ bestselling author, HAZEL GAYNOR.
‘Thought-provoking, heart-rending and uplifting, Through the Barricades takes a vivid look at the turmoil of events leading to 1916 through authentic and diverse eyes. It is not to be missed,’ bestselling author, RUTH FRANCES LONG.
‘It takes a clever writer to weave the history and not let it get in the way of the plot. I fell in love with Maggie, Daniel and their friend Michael from their first introduction. I loved Maggie’s fire and Daniel’s devotion to her. I loved how their relationship developed and I enjoyed the almost Forrest Gump-ness of the book as Maggie interacted with important Irish figures. The pieces written about the trenches in the First World War were really moving as was the devotion Maggie’s family had to each other. Bravo Denise.’ Bestselling author, MARTINA REILLY.