Jennifer Johnston’s moving, yet sparse and unsentimental, account of a sensitive young boy growing up during The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Joe Logan lives with his parents in Derry, where British soldiers are a familiar sight, and the sudden smashing and crashing of unexpected raids breaks the peace of the nights. One winter he befriends a stranger to Derry, lonely school teacher Kathleen Doherty. And his elder brother returns from London with money to spend and a gun in his pocket. Suddenly, Joe’s childhood is over, his innocence destroyed.

The Booker Prize 1977
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Jennifer Johnston

Jennifer Johnston

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Jennifer Johnston was born in Dublin in 1930. She is one of the foremost Irish writers of her, or any, generation.
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