Set in Belfast and Derry at a time 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 life they lead, 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.
This is a book of fiction, not a historical document, but national incidents have been portrayed as accurately as possible. This is a novel for anyone who appreciates a good dose of fiction interwoven with the facts.
And readers of ‘Long Road, Many Turnings.’ discover what happened next-focusing on the lives of Agnes, Teresa, and Bailey’s son Junior.
The gripping opening sentence’ Troops into Belfast, orders of ‘shoot to hit’, gives a hint to the flavour of this novel.
Similarities to ‘Long Road, Many Turnings’ are the twists and turns contained within this novel, as readers might expect, but the chapters are completed within a ten year time frame whereas the earlier book spanned a period of fifty years.
Describing a seldom told story of young people who are neither heroic or political, but who are caring, compassionate and,when required to be, very brave. This extraordinary period of British/Irish history deserves exposure and compassion.
I was a student nurse in a large teaching hospital in Belfast, between 1968 and 1971. After qualifying I became a midwife, also in Belfast . Subsequently as a Health Visitor,I spent two years in Derry City between 1979-81. This experience allows the national incidents to have been portrayed as accurately as possible. The content is factual but this is not a historical document, other writers have provided a plethora of insightful literature which describes that part of Ireland’s history. This is a novel and there is, as would be expected, a good dose of fiction interwoven with the facts.
A range of social issues are touched upon here too- domestic violence,religious intolerance and the crippling effects of physical violence on communities and individuals.
But this is a humorous, sensitive and engaging novel. Describing a range of situations which both charm and shock the reader, it really is another page turner.
Due to be published in April 2018, there will also be an opportunity to purchase this book, signed by the author,at a special ‘author’s friends’ rate of £6.00