A dramatic narrative of the Easter Rising reconstructed from the personal testimonies of some of those who were there on the ground, under the artillery barrage and machinegun fire, during those fateful few days in 1916.
In the last hours of the 1916 Easter Rising, 20-year old Charlie Saurin came face to face with his Commander-in-Chief, Patrick Pearse.
In a final gamble, Pearse had a desperate plan to save the collapsing rebellion.
It required the sacrifice of Saurin and his comrades.
The Scrap is the true story of the rising, from first-hand evidence, as seen by one rebel unit - F Company, 2nd Battalion - following them from the first skirmish in Fairview to the inferno of the GPO.
Told in the context of some of the major events of that week, the story of F Company brings alive the excitement, the humour, the horror and the contradictions of that decisive moment in the creation of the Irish state.
“One of the most remarkable and enjoyable books that has been written about the Easter Rising in recent times . . . This stunning narrative . . a real page-turner that captures the pathos and patriotism of 1916.”
Dr. Brian Murphy, Irish Independent
“The best history book I read was Gene Kerrigan's The Scrap . . as brilliantly paced as one of his thrillers.”
Colm Toibin, The Books of 2015, Irish Times
“Essential reading . . . his mastery lies in the telling detail . . . with his novelist's eye and democratic insistence on every character being afforded equal weight, Kerrigan directly brings us into the terrifying mayhem facing a group of ordinary volunteers during a week that left a city in flames.”
Dermot Bolger, Irish Times
“A monumental account of the Easter Rising.”
Kim Bielenberg, Irish Independent
“A great read.”
Ray Darcy, RTE Radio 1