The Great Leviathan ( New Island )


The Life of Howe Peter Browne,  2nd Marquess of Sligo 1788-1845 by Author Anne chambers 


About the Book 

From Ireland, England, France, Austria, Greece, Turkey and Italy to America and the West Indies, overflowing with historic events, from the French Revolution to the Great Irish Famine, with a cast of the famous and infamous, Howe Peter Browne, 2nd Marquess of Sligo, lived life to the absolute limits. 

Privileged yet compassionate, charismatic yet flawed, Regency Buck, Irish landlord, West Indian plantation owner, Knight of St Patrick, Privy Counsellor, intrepid traveller, intimate of kings, emperors and despots, favoured guest in the fashionable salons of London and Paris, patron of artists and pugilists, founder of the Irish Turf Club, friend and fellow traveller of Lord Byron, treasure-seeker, spy, sailor and jailbird, as well as the father of fifteen children, the astonishing range and diversity of Sligo’s life is breathtaking. 

From a youth of hedonistic self-indulgence in Regency England to a reforming, responsible, wellintentioned legislator and landlord, Sligo became enshrined in the history of Jamaica as ‘Emancipator of the Slaves’ and in Ireland as ‘The Poor Man’s Friend’ during the most difficult of times. 

Eight years in the writing and sourced from over 15,000 primary contemporary manuscripts located by the author in private and public archives around the world, The Great Leviathan sheds new light on significant historical events and on the people who shaped them in Ireland, England, Europe and the West Indies during a period of momentous political turbulence and change. 



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


About the Author 

Anne Chambers is a biographer, novelist and screenwriter. Her books include Granuaile: Grace O’Malley – Ireland’s Pirate Queen, Eleanor, Countess of Desmond, La Sheridan: Adorable Diva, Ranji: Maharajah of Connemara, At Arm’s Length: Aristocrats in the Republic of Ireland and TK Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot.  

Her books have been the subject of TV and radio documentaries for Discovery, the Learning Channel, the Travel Channel, RTÉ, Lyric FM and the BBC.


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Welcome to the Grace O'Malley Web Site

Author ANNE CHAMBERS welcomes fans to the official website of Ireland’s Pirate Queen - Grace O’Malley.

Fearless leader by land and by sea, political pragmatist and tactician, rebel, pirate and matriarch, the ’most notorious woman in all the coasts of Ireland’ GRACE O’MALLEY challenges and manipulates the turbulent politics of the 16th century.

Breaching boundaries of gender imbalance and bias, she re-wrote the rules to become one of the world’s first documented feminist trail-blazers.

In GRANUAILE - the original best-selling biography of this historic icon, from rare and exclusive contemporary manuscript material ANNE CHAMBERS draws Ireland’s great pirate queen in from the vagueness of myth and legend and presents the historical reality of one of the world’s most extraordinary female leaders.

COMING HOME | A Short Film


Coming Home is an uplifting and enlightening story of one woman’s journey to recovery from breast cancer. 

It evolved out of a short story, previously short-listed for the Hennessy Literary Awards by author Anne Chambers who wrote the screenplay.

Coming Home is directed by Lisa Mulcahy (The Clinic) and stars the Tony-nominated and IFTA award-winning actress Dawn Bradfield, supported by Simon O’Gorman, Maria McDermottroe, Theo Kirwan, Joey O’Sullivan and Holly Gregg. It is produced by Tile Films Ltd and funded by Nawrik, a not-for-profit family trust.

Coming Home is both a creative film and also an innovative and valuable aid in spreading the message of early detection and positivity in the fight against breast cancer. 

The film is available free to any organisation/group/individual who wishes to avail of it as a support or fundraising tool in spreading the message of making cancer less frightening by enlightening.


Click this link to view the film


Granuaile Trail 22 : Kismul Castle


Kismul Castle, off the Island of Barra, in the Outer Hebridies. In 1597 it was reported to the English Council in Dublin that Granuaile had sailed there in her galleys to attack  the  castle, owned by the famous pirate-chief, Ruaridhi MacNeill, in retaliation for an attack by MacNeill on her relations in Mayo.

Granuaile Trail 21 : ASKEATON CASTLE. Co Limerick


The principal castle of Gerald FitzGerald, the 'great' Earl of Desmond, Askeaton, Co. Limerick.

In 1577, while leading a plundering attack on the Earl's lands, Granuaile was captured and imprisoned in the castle.

In 1578, to divert English attention from his secret negotiations with the King of Spain, the Earl handed Granuaile over to the English government.  

T.K. Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot

In 2002, an eighty-five-year-old former civil servant was voted 'Irishman of the Century'.


Indian Prince KS Ranjitsinhji was the most famous cricket-player of his generation


Fearless leader by land and by sea, political pragmatist and tactician, rebel, pirate and matriarch, the ’most notorious woman in all the coasts of Ireland’ GRACE O’MALLEY challenges and manipulates the turbulent politics of the 16th century