A stunning debut novel about a little girl growing up in Belfast, from the author of the Man Booker Prize winning novel, The Milkman. A young woman struggles with growing up in Belfast during the Troubles in this darkly humorous, sexually twisted debut. It starts off solidly as a coming-of-age story about Amelia Lovett, who spends her childhood playing with rubber bullets while her family dodges real ones in the ongoing battle between the Brits and the IRA.

Amelia’s dangerous road continues when she enters school and has to fight off some fellow schoolgirls after they start a … More

Born OTD in 1942, Bernard MacLaverty. Set in Northern Ireland, it tells the story of Cal, a young, unemployed Catholic man living on a Protestant housing estate at the height of The Troubles. Each night he waits to be fire-bombed out of the home he shares with his father and each morning he gets up to find everything is okay.

But there’s a dark, pervasive atmosphere, one that seem only conducive to fear and violence, and for much of this … More

Set during The Troubles in Belfast as seen through the tangential gaze of the young narrator, good-hearted Mickey Donnelly. He tries to steer his own quirky path in a community divided into polarised camps, having to untangle his confused feelings about the opposite sex along the way, & is determined to protect his mother & younger sister from the bad stuff, come what may.

Mickey Donnelly is smart, which isn’t a good thing in his part of town. Despite having a dog called Killer … More