Tom listened to Mrs McLaughlin's brogues briskly clump across the marble floor towards the exit at the back of the Church. When the wooden door thumped closed, he looked around the Church to make sure that he was alone, then heaved himself to his feet, opened the Confessional, blessed himself, and in the darkness whispered to Father Anthony, 'Father, get me a gun'.
Centred around two families on opposing sides, it features William and Eileen and their two sons Cedric and Peter. William and Cedric run a taxi business which is nothing more than a cover for their real murderous business. Eileen knows nothing and asks no questions. Peter, still in education and hoping to become a doctor, is in danger of being dragged into the family ‘business’.
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What struck me most about this book, is that despite describing horrific events happening during a violent and turbulent moment in history, it is not judgemental, and doesn’t take sides. There is no sense that the author wants to tell y ...more
Deidre quiery takes us to west Belfast under the shadows of the black mountain to the crumlin road where the sectarian troubles are escalating in 1972 and people are scared and warie of black taxis in case they carry killer's who snatch anyone who catches there eye and women who fraternize with soldiers are strapped to lampposts and tarred - feathered ,roots-bombs going off nearl ...more
I think it did lack background. The violence, reprisal killings and beatings, soldiers with their rubber bullets and tanks were part of everyday life for people who lived in certain areas. Younger readers may not really know anything about this - particularly if they aren't Irish. Not that I would want a history lesson, I just felt a little context ...more
It is a story across several very disjointed families set at the height of the sectarian violence in Belfast in the 1970s.
When I saw the chapter headings I expected a book set over a couple of weeks in early 1972. However the story manages to go much deeper than this, with clever use of flashbacks to help develop the back-story.
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Deirdre Quiery is a very fine writer indeed. There are some wonderfully poetic and lyrical descriptions in this novel, even during scenes which at first glance you'd think wouldn’t warrant them - yet they work. There is also a lot of horror – the horror of how violence can be almost normalised in a society at war with itself. Set in 1970s Belfast, I certainly learned a lot about what it must have been like for ordinary people caught up in such a ...more