The Riddle of Father Hackett is not only an engrossing account of an interesting life, but also a history of the times in which the subject lived, both in Ireland and Australia. It is a book that will grip all those who have Irish connections and, further, all those who are interested in the history of the Australian Catholic. National Library of Australia, 2010
"Brenda Niall, one of Australia's best biographers, has written a highly readable and surprising life of William Hackett (1878–1954), the Jesuit priest who was pressured out of Ireland to Australia in 1922 for his involvement with republican armed forces during the Civil War". (Val Noone, Eureka Street)
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