The Stolen Village: Baltimore and the Barbary Pirates

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In June 1631, pirates from Algiers and armed troops of the Turkish Ottoman Empire, stormed ashore at the little harbour village of Baltimore in West Cork. They captured almost all the villagers and bore them away to a life of slavery in North Africa. Some prisoners were destined to live out their days as galley slaves, while others would spend long years in the seclusion of the harem or within the walls of the Sultan's palace. Only two of them ever saw Ireland again. Here is the remarkable tale of a harrowing historical event known as 'The Sack of Baltimore'.

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About the Author:

Des Ekin is a journalist and the author of four books. Born in County Down, Northern Ireland, he began his career as a reporter. After spending several years covering the Ulster Troubles, he rose to become Deputy Editor of the Belfast Sunday News before moving to his current home in Dublin. He worked as a journalist, columnist, Assistant Editor and finally Political Correspondent for The Sunday World until 2012. His book The Stolen Village (2006) was shortlisted for the Argosy Irish Nonfiction Book of the Year and for Book of the Decade in the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2010. He is married with a son and two daughters

Review:

fascinating and readable -- The Irish Echo An enthralling read, not simply for the story of the raid itself, which Ekin recreates with bloodcurdling vividness, but for the parallels the author draws with the current geo-political situation -- The Irish Times The Irish Times Wonderfully interesting ... A labour of love is how the author describes it, and after 350 easily read pages, it's well worth the journey -- Irish Examiner The Irish Examiner a harrowing tale that sheds light on the little-known trade in white slaves ... a fascinating exploration of a forgotten chapter of British and European history -- Giles Milton - BBC History Magazine Ekin is admirably surefooted as he finds his way through an impenetrable thicket of - often contradictory - sources and weaves his findings into an irresistibly readable narrative. Human interest is always well to the fore in a compelling book which also reminds us of the inexhaustible capacity of history to spring surprises. -- The Scotsman This is a gripping account that's exhaustively researched but wears its learning lightly, and proceeds along at a lively pace ... proof if it was needed, that fact is often more interesting than fiction -- Metro Newspaper one of the most compelling reads of the last decade -- The Sunday World written in a style that is easy to read and contains a wealth of historical information that is by turns surprising, fascinating, inspiring and blood curdling. It is highly recommended reading for anyone interested in 17th century life in Ireland with its familial double-dealing and English indifference as its leaders became preoccupied with the build up to a civil war. It is equally enthralling for the more general reader who simply enjoys a 'ripping yarn' for it is packed full of them. -- Frank Parker, suite101.com do yourself a favour and read it, you will be enthralled -- Arab-Irish Journal superbly researched and written book flows freely from beginning to end, and will command your attention once you start reading it -- Arab-Irish Journal paints a vivid picture of life at that time -- Arab-Irish Journal a thoroughly enjoyable and educational read -- Arab-Irish Journal An enthralling read, not simply for the story of the raid itself, which Ekin recreates with bloodcurdling vividness, but for the parallels the author draws with the current geo-political situation -- The Irish Times The Irish Times This is a gripping account that's exhaustively researched but wears its learning lightly, and proceeds along at a lively pace ... proof if it was needed, that fact is often more interesting than fiction -- Metro Newspaper Wonderfully interesting ... A labour of love is how the author describes it, and after 350 easily read pages, it's well worth the journey -- Irish Examiner The Irish Examiner Do yourself a favour and read this book, it's utterly captivating -- Living In magazine

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