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J. S. Dunn resided in Ireland during the past decade, and from there pursued a keen interest in early Bronze Age culture along the Atlantic coasts of Spain, France, Wales, and Ireland. Numerous archaeologists and experts vetted the details of BENDING THE BOYNE.

BENDING THE BOYNE is a debut novel and won the Next Generation Indie Award for historical fiction, 2011. Finalist, ForeWord Book Of The Year Award (historical fiction, 2012).

Recent author appearances: iBAM! November 2012 (USA); History Festival Of Ireland, June 2013 (Ireland); Historical Novel Society, June 2013 (USA). Contributor to Unusual Historicals blog,
http://unusualhistoricals.blogspot.com/.

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J.S. Dunn Like the debut novel Bending The Boyne, the current project riffs on the earliest Irish/Welsh myth. Bang-on archaeology provides the foundation for…moreLike the debut novel Bending The Boyne, the current project riffs on the earliest Irish/Welsh myth. Bang-on archaeology provides the foundation for setting and the characters' interaction with their environment.

This novel is set at the mid-Bronze Age in the Atlantic coasts, when trade in metals flourished and a warrior society came to the fore. (less)
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