Newstalk's History Show


Anne is guest on Newstalk's History Show 

7pm Sunday 18 February to talk about the book.


The First Anniversary of the Death of T.K. Whitaker

January 9 marks the first anniversary of  the death of T.K. Whitaker the subject of Anne's biography T.K. Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot (Doubleday Ireland)

Anne writes about Ireland's 'Man of the 20th Century' in  the Sunday Independent (7 January)


Book Launch - The Great Leviathan The Life of Howe Peter Browne

★ The Great Leviathan The Life of Howe Peter Browne, ★

★ 2nd Marquess of Sligo 1788-1845, by Author Anne Chambers★

To a packed audience, author Anne Chambers launched her latest book on Wednesday 1 November, at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin.

Guest speaker Barry O'Brien, Jamaica's Honorary Consul to Ireland assisted author Anne Chambers in the launch with many guests, including iar Taoiseach of Ireland Enda Kenny & Ellen O'Malley Dunlop. 




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.


Arrange an interview with the author

To arrange an interview with the author, or for more information, please contact Mariel Deegan at: New Island Books, 16 Priory Office Park, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. Tel: +353 1 278 4225  | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view


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

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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