It is 1910, and fifty-six year old William Henry Kelly, a caulker at Belfast's Queen's Island shipyard, is engaged in building the White Star liner Titanic when Belle, his beloved wife of thirty years, is brutally murdered. Based on the true story of the author's great grandfather, this is an account of life in Belfast's shipyards and working class districts during the turbulent first quarter of the 20th century.
Set against the background of the construction and demise of Belfast's iconic but ill-fated superliner, and the effects of the First World War on indusrial and community relations in Belfast, it tells the story of an ordinary but intelligent working man's battle with social injustice and with his own demons. Although a tragedy, this story is told with humour, pathos and an obvious affection for the characters.
'A fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable read' - The Historical Novel Society
'A mightly fine achievement' - Family Tree Magazine
'A captivating read' - Ulster Tatler Magazine