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GLOUCESTER, 1915. Haunted by his father's madness, Tom Casey
flees home after being falsely accused of murder. He survives the First World War and the Irish War for Independence. But survival demands a heavy price: the loss of his beloved family and everything he was raised to believe in. Now an amoral drifter caught up in the violent, seedy underworld of 1920s Europe, Tom falls under the spell of Matilde, a brilliant, beautiful bank robber. To find love, hope and a sense of belonging he must run again, fight and even kill.

The Steam Catcher draws on the proud, often overlooked history of the Irish community in Britain to examine how class and identity shapes and fractures our lives.

JIM O'SULLIVAN is of Irish descent and was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The Steam Catcher is his first novel.