Laurence Power is a retired business professional and lives in County Kildare
in Ireland and is currently researching and working on a book that will reverberate in a
few countries, hopefully in 2019. His cycling days are over but not his writing days…not yet.

What readers say...

  • BLACK '47 - This is a book that should be on our Leaving Certificate curriculum. The bravery and dignity of young Sean O'Brien and his family had no bounds. Sharing what little food that came their way with less fortunate neighbours, despite being starving themselves, shows the family traits that makes Ireland different from anywhere else in the world. This could have been a hard and harrowing read but the courage that Sean showed at the age of nineteen was a respectful reason to keep turning the pages.

Black '47

After a boyhood of tragedy and want, life begins to look brighter for Seán O’Brien as he enters manhood. As a talented musician, the doors of the rich are thrown open to him, and his initial success allows him to dare dream of saving his family from grinding poverty. In a convulsion of history, however, his dream is to be challenged as the potato crop in Ireland succumbs to disease and hundreds of thousands face a lingering death by starvation.

The Vision of Antje Baumann

It is May 1940 in Holland. As the Baumann family realizes that Hitler’s war has suddenly become their war, sirens begin blaring as a squadron of airplanes flies over Oosterbeek. Antje, Gerrit, and Cornelis Baumann are too young to understand what is happening around them. All they know is that they feel powerless as they watch their father cry.

Laurence Power, Author & Playwright.