BIG JIM

Jim Larkin and the 1913 Lockout

Written by
Rory McConville
,
By (artist)
Paddy Lynch
Big Jim

On August 26th 1913, the trams of Dublin stopped. Over the next four months, James Larkin would lead the workers of Dublin against William Martin Murphy and the Employers Federation in a conflict that would change the face of Irish society.

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Paperback:
80 pages
Size:
297x210 mm
ISBN:
9781847173065

The story of Jim Larkin and the lockout of Dublin workers in 1913 led by William Martin Murphy, told in graphic novel form.

On August 26th 1913, the trams of Dublin stopped. The Great Dublin Lockout had begun. Over the next four months, James Larkin would lead the workers of Dublin against William Martin Murphy and the Employers Federation in a conflict that would change the face of Irish industrial relations.

Dublin was brought to its knees by the food shortages and the aftermath of Bloody Sunday. As winter approached, Larkin lead his Firey Cross campaign to England, hoping to rally the entire United Kingdom to strike in support of the Irish workers.

 

Rory McConville has been working in the comic book industry since he was sixteen. In that time he has written for DC Comics, Newbold Enterprises, Shadowline Comics and Fan-Atic Press. He currently studies English and History at University College Cork.

even-handed in its representation, Paddy Lynch’s understated artwork complements McConville’s engaging and historically accurate material

Children’s Books Ireland Recommended Reads Guide 2013

enlightening

Children’s Books Ireland Recommended Reads Guide 2013

with an evident respect for history, they bring the pages of textbooks to life for the young adult reader

Children’s Books Ireland Recommended Reads Guide 2013

a wonderful atmospheric ambiance

Books Ireland

effective text and graphics have brought the episodes vividly to life

Books Ireland

one to be highly recommended

Books Ireland

this graphic novel is important

http://girlslikecomics.com

McConville’s writing is at all times very tight; Big Jim is clearly a work that’s been edited and rewritten and edited some more, but the process stands to the finished product

http://girlslikecomics.com

I had my stepfather read it, to see what he thought. He’s a huge history buff. It was the first graphic novel he’d ever seen, He said – I think it would be a great introduction for young people coming to history for the first time, who want to know what happened and get a taste of the era, but don’t want to have to go diving into some big tome.

http://girlslikecomics.com

accessible format

eastwallforall.ie

beautifully illustrated

eastwallforall.ie

the children … were fascinated by their [Rory and Paddy’s] presentation

eastwallforall.ie

McConville’s writing is skilful

Look Left

Lynch’s artwork is extremely effective, as rough and dark as the era it depicts, and interesting use is made of archival photographs cleverly interspersed throughout

Look Left

quite witty in places

Look Left

an enjoyable and unique read, as well as being  a great introduction to the Lockout in it its centenary year

Look Left

an immersive, almost thriller-like, storytelling style

NewsFour

enjoyable to read ... a good sense of the time

thecomiccast.com

would highly recommend people buy it

thecomiccast.com

'the Irish comics industry has never been in better form, something which this offering from Rory McConville and Paddy Lynch only serves to confirm'

Sunday Business Post

'[O’Brien Press graphic novels] appeal as much to children as to older readers'

Evening Echo

'a valuable and refreshing look at an important part of Irish history'

Evening Echo
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