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Foreign soldier reading novel about Rising (9)

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I believe the answer is:

grenadier

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Here is my best explanation:

'foreign soldier' is the definition.

'grenadier' can be an answer for 'soldier' (grenadier is a kind of soldier). I am not sure about the 'foreign' bit.

'reading novel about rising' is the subsidiary indication.

'novel' indicates anagramming the letters.

'about rising' becomes 'er' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should believe this answer much more).

'reading' is an anagram of 'grenadi'.

'grenadi'+'er'='grenadier'

This clue was last seen in The Irish Times

(Other definitions for grenadier that I've seen before include "historical bomber", "bomb-thrower", "Guard", "The guard", "African flier", "Infantryman - in red gear (anag)", "Soldier - in red gear (anag)", "Soldier; fish; bird", "A household infantryman" and "Re-reading for the deep-sea fish".)

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