(Local Legend, ISBN 978-1-910027-23-3)
Published in August 2018
as both paperback and eBook...
In the heady days of the late Sixties, Roy approaches university life. He is hopelessly immature and naive, knowing as little about politics as he does about girls. But all that is about to change when he meets Eva on a Welsh beach and falls helplessly in love. The only trouble is... she's Czech, and Warsaw Pact troops are massing on the borders of her homeland, itching to destroy the Prague Spring.
As two young, innocent people struggle to express their feelings in the face of their families' intolerance ("A communist? They've got nuclear bombs aimed at us!" "He's a child, and a capitalist!"), a young and emerging democratic nation struggles to find its own identity in the face of the intolerance of its political 'family'.
In this historical love story, based on the author's true experiences, the characters are fictionalised but the dramatic political events are described fully. Every one of us can identify with these people as we long for peace and freedom in a world of others' judgement. Do we stand fast for what we know is true, or compromise...
...and risk losing everything?
2018 sees the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Pact invasion and, ironically, the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia. We must remember!
Listen to Nigel tell Victoria Mary Clarke at DublinCity fm the real-life background to the book:
NEW!!! See a recording of the book's TITLE SONG !
Nigel Peace is an intrepid explorer of coincidences, signs and precognitive dreams. He is... unusual in paying serious attention to them... and sharing them with others, as he does in this vivid and fascinating book. This is pioneering research ...."