FINDING TOM CRUISE and Other Stories (Linden Press, Dublin)

Written by Anne Chambers.

FINDING TOM CRUISE and Other Stories (Linden Press, Dublin) A collection of short stories of diversity and originality which vary in theme, colour, character and place.

From Key West to Kathmandu, the author casts her net wide as her compelling story-telling talent delves beneath a range of emotions from rejection and loss to love and courage.

The Journey Home from the collection was short-listed for the Irish Hennessy literary Awards.



’This intimate collection confirms Chambers among our most incisive and flexible writers.’ The Irish Times

’An immensely enjoyable read... Anne Chambers stories are never anything other than persuasive... and offer a fascinating insight into life and human nature.’ The Western People.

Genre: Fiction


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SHADOW LORD Theobald Bourke (1567-1629) - Son of the Pirate Queen

Written by Anne Chambers.

SHADOW LORD Theobald Bourke (1567-1629)-Son of the Pirate Queen (Ashfield Press, Dublin)

 SHADOW LORD: Theobald Bourke -Son of the Pirate Queen It was perhaps providential that this, the youngest son of the Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley, was born on the high seas aboard his mother’s galley. Saved at birth from Barbary Coast pirates, Tibbott Bourke is destined to become more than just another leader in the twilight world of Gaelic Ireland. National and international politics catapult him into prominence in a period of immense change. When the battlelines between the antique Gaelic world of his birth and the exploitive, acquisitive world of Elizabethan England are drawn, with a Machiavellian mind that out-manoeuvres opponents on both sides of the divide, with opportunism, cunning and daring, Tibbott weaves his way through the morass with an all-consuming passion to survive.

SHADOW LORD is more than just a portrait of Tibbott Bourke, it is an unique insight into one of the most profound periods of change in Ireland, incorporating new unpublished manuscript material of the period.


’an historical thriller... ’ Lorna Siggins, Irish Times

’a serious and meticulous work of historical scholarship.’ Hugh Bonar, Irish Mail on Sunday

Genre: Biography 

Price: 14.99 euro 

Publisher: Ashfield Press, 30 Linden Grove, Blackrock. Co Dublin.

Tel: 353 1 2889808


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Written by Anne Chambers.

ELEANOR COUNTESS OF DESMOND 1545-1638 The life of Eleanor Butler FitzGerald, Countess of Desmond is testimony to the struggle of a courageous, spirited, enduring and gritty woman who refused to abandon hope in the face of an inexorable fate which sucked more powerful than she into its maw. And while it may appear that she failed ultimately in her goal to save her husband, her family, her home and her inheritance, her failure is heroic, her path towards it a triumph of the human spirit. One can only stand and applaud in amazement and admiration this forgotten heroine of the Tudor wars in Ireland.

While Eleanor may have lived 500 years ago, the personal trauma she experienced by the violent and systematic destruction of the fabric of her native society and way of life has reverberations and relevance today. Women in Bosnia, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and elsewhere, the mothers, wives, grandmothers, widows, sisters and daughters of the indigenous population, have lived and continue to live through political, military and social upheaval, their lives torn asunder by forces, both foreign and local, over which they have little or no control. And yet despite such insurmountable odds, in the midst of such a hostile environment, these unsung heroines continue to protect, nurture and provide for their families and keep hope alive.

And it is to these brave women this book is dedicated.

New Edition Published, February 2011

Set in a period of invasion, military conflict, social and political chaos perpetrated by the Tudor conquest of Ireland, the story of Eleanor Countess of Desmond recounts the heroic efforts of a woman to protect her family against insurmountable odds.

Aristocratic, educated, intelligent and able Lady Eleanor Butler’s destiny was as a wife and mother. But marriage to Garret FitzGerald, the powerful Earl of Desmond, hurls her headlong into a maelstrom of invasion, rebellion, intrigue, appalling cruelty, double-dealing, confiscation plantation, famine, social and political meltdown, as she and her husband become embroiled in a struggle to the death against the formidable, Machiavellian government of Queen Elizabeth I of England.

Enduring imprisonment, exile, poverty, hunger and deprivation, her only son held hostage in the Tower of London, her mission to save the House of Desmond, her husband, her children and herself from annihilation becomes Eleanor’s obsession and for which she will sacrifice anything, including herself. When all seems lost, like some latter-day phoenix, she rises, time after time, to bravely confront each new challenge. 

The life of Eleanor Countess of Desmond is the story of the triumph of the human spirit against the most horrific adversity.

In this vigorous and deeply moving biography that has all the constituents of a Shakespearean tragedy, sourced from primary contemporaneous manuscripts, including the Countess of Desmond’s own letters, Anne Chambers, author of the best-selling Granuaile, vividly brings the life of this neglected heroine to light against the backdrop of one of the most convoluted and traumatic periods in Irish history.



’Chambers writes with the assurance of someone who has saturated herself in the social and political atmosphere of Elizabethan Ireland...She skilfully brings all her main characters to life...The background to Eleanor’s life is richly detailed and often thought-provoking...This is an enthralling book. ’ Dervla Murphy Irish Times

’A truly marvellous story - one in which truth is more brave and more resourceful than fiction.’ Irish Post

’Anne Chambers is one of the rare exceptions. She has that quality, even in historians rare, of seeing, feeling and understanding the period she writes about as if she were a contemporary.’ Irish Independent.


Genre: Biography

Publisher: Gill, Hume Avenue, Park West, Dublin 12 tel: 00 353 1 500 9540

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Grace O'Malley: The Biography of Ireland's Pirate Queen, 1530-1603 is the sole published biographical account of Grace O’Malley, sourced from original manuscript material, both in public and in private domain. For the latter, the author, Anne Chambers, had sole and exclusive access. Much of this material was located and decyphered in its original form (i.e.16th century manuscripts) by the author and is exclusive to her book. Furthermore, the presentation, opinions and analyses in the book are exclusive to the author. The author reserves all her rights in this book. No part of her book may be reproduced or utilised in any form or media, written or oral, or by means digital, electronic or mechanical, including photographic, film, video recording, photocopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system. Permission from the author and publisher must first be obtained to reproduce any part of or quotations from the book. Any transgression in this regard will be addressed. For more information, comments or enquiries please contact: Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Copyright © 2022.


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