Michael Collins, known as the 'great powerhouse of the revolution', was assasinated on 22 August 1922. Fifteen years later Frank O' Connor, who had been on the oppostire side of Collins in the Civil War, published The Big Fellow. This is O'Connor's uncompromising but humane story of one whose stature and genius he had come to recognise. Written, according to American scholar James H. Matthews 'to preserve a great and misunderstood career', this book has been described as a masterly, evocative portrait of one of Ireland's most charismatic figures. With an introduction by Neil Jordan, Irish film script writer and director.