Set in Belfast and Derry during a period often known as ‘The Troubles’, the book focuses on a group of young nurses who are trying to live ordinary lives in extraordinary times. They find their experiences inevitably, relentlessly, involved in the civil unrest.
The main character Teresa McCann and her friends Eileen, Caroline and Sue are changed by the circumstances surrounding them, coming face to face with terrorists, soldiers and riots in their everyday working lives.
Other characters play their part in influencing the lives of the friends with both humour and aggression, love and betrayal. The story offers an insight into the changes which were taking place in Northern Ireland which were so very different from the ‘swinging sixties’ enjoyed elsewhere.
The gripping headline of the Belfast Telegraph, quoted in the opening sentence ‘Troops into Belfast, thousands disembark, armed with bayonets’ gives an indication of the flavour of this novel, but of course this novel is so much more than a depiction of the civil unrest. It is the seldom-told story of young people who are neither heroic nor political. But they are caring, compassionate and, when required to be, very brave. This novel attempts to describe the extraordinary period of British/Irish history from the
perspective of young people and does so with humour and compassion.
Similarities to ‘Long Road, Many Turnings’ are the twists and turns contained within this novel, as readers might expect, but this time the chapters are completed within a ten year time frame. One bonus though will be to learn what happened next – focusing on the lives of Agnes, Teresa and Bailey’s son, Junior.
The author was a student nurse and then a midwife in a large teaching hospital in Belfast, between 1968 and 1971.Subsequently, she worked as a health visitor, in Derry City between 1979-81.
A range of social issues are touched upon – domestic violence, religious intolerance and the crippling effects of physical violence on communities and individuals. National incidents have been portrayed as accurately as possible and although much of the content is factual this is not a historical document, the author leaves that to others.
This is a humorous, sensitive and engaging novel, describing a range of situations which both charm and shock. Written for readers who appreciate a good dose of fiction interwoven with the facts.It really is a page-turner.
Due to be published in May 2018, there will also be an opportunity to purchase this book, signed by the author, at a special ‘author’s friends’ rate of £7.00.
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