Liam Nevin was born in Ireland in 1951, a native of Maynooth, County Kildare. He attended the local primary and secondary schools there. He worked for twenty five years for Aer Lingus at London Heathrow Airport. He enjoys travelling and has visited all five continents with his wife Marlene. He has two children, Brendan and Pauline, and three grandchildren, Kate, Lynda and Dylan. He lives in Shepperton, England.
He got the idea for writing "The Tobacco Fields of Meath" having researched his family history and discovering a wealth of information on tobacco growing left by his grandfather, John Nevin, in Randlestown, Navan, County Meath. John Nevin worked on growing tobacco on the estate owned by Sir Nugent Everard Bart for over thirty years. The Everard family put a lot of effort and money into the industry. Since publishing the book, Liam has made contact with Sir Harry Everard the great grandson of Sir Nugent. Both were delighted to contact each other and plan to meet later in 2012.
Liam is presently working on the idea of a book about growing up in a small village in Ireland in the 1950's/60's.
Memories of days gone by. 1960s semi-rural Ireland and a schoolboy’s view of life growing up there. Growing up in the sixties wasn’t always easy, with overcrowded houses lacking in running water, central heating and so on. School could be quite difficult too, with corporal punishment a major issue. But life was happy and there was little pressure on children to have this, that and the other.
The true story of Irish families at the turn of the twentieth century, striving to make a go of a new crop in order to improve the lives of ordinary people and control the massive problem of unemployment and its consequence - emigration. The story of over 30 years of tobacco growing in Ireland is told here through the private papers of one who was at the heart of the Randlestown experiment.