Through the Barricades

Aimee writes historical fiction under the name Denise Deegan.

Winner of the SCBWI Spark Award

One boy. One girl. One revolution.

The story of Maggie and Daniel is one of friendship, love, war and revolution, of two people who are prepared to sacrifice their lives: Maggie for her country, Daniel for Maggie. Their mutual sacrifices put them on opposite sides of a revolution. Can their love survive?


‘Maggie and Daniel are well-developed characters with evident chemistry, and their relationship will hold readers’ attention as they both work to reconcile their beliefs with their feelings for each other. It’s an engrossing portrait of a chapter of Irish history that may be new to many readers.’
Publishers Weekly, Booklife

‘THROUGH THE BARRICADES is nothing short of stunning and I know it is a book I will re-read for many years to come.’
Linda Green, Books Of All Kinds

‘Gripping, heartfelt story set in the heart of Ireland’s most troubled time. A book to remember. Deegan takes us on a memorable adventure into the past.’
Bestselling author, Kate Kerrigan

‘In Maggie, Denise Deegan has created a strong female character caught between her ideals and her heart.’
Bestselling author, Martina Devlin

‘Denise Deegan captures all the emotion and drama of Ireland during the rebellion, and a world at war. A thoroughly compelling book which I enjoyed immensely.’
Bestselling author, Hazel Gaynor

‘Thought-provoking, heart-rending and uplifting, Through the Barricades takes a vivid look at the turmoil of events leading to 1916 through authentic and diverse eyes. It is not to be missed.’
Bestselling author, Ruth Frances Long

‘It takes a clever writer to weave the history and not let it get in the way of the plot. I fell in love with Maggie, Daniel and their friend Michael from their first introduction. I loved Maggie’s fire and Daniel’s devotion to her. I loved how their relationship developed and I enjoyed the almost Forrest Gump-ness of the book as Maggie interacted with important Irish figures. The pieces written about the trenches in the First World War were really moving as was the devotion Maggie’s family had to each other. Bravo Denise.’
Bestselling author, Martina Reilly

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