Advantages A very good read and thought provoking
While visiting our little mobile library last week, on book cover caught my attention as the picture of a group of children playing on the front looked like my kids playing in the 1980’s – with one exception – behind these children was a soldier with a gun.The book ‘Where they were missed’ was written by Lucy Caldwell, it was a short book with only 230 pages and the cover stated that it had been short listed for the 2006 Dylan Thomas Prize, so I added it to me pile of books.
Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981.
She was the youngest ever author to be short-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize when at the age of 25 her first novel, ‘Where they were missed’ was in the final six books short-listed.
As well as a talented novelist she is also an award-winning playwright.
Amongst her growing list of prizes she has won the Most Promising Playwright Award, the Irish Playwrights' and Screenwriters' Guild Award and the BBC Stewart Parker Award.
Ms Caldwell now lives in East London.
“Belfast is hot. Belfast is never hot. But Belfast is hot this summer. Daddy says it's the hottest summer in Living Memory. Mammy says, It's hot as hell”It is the ‘Marching Season’ in Belfast, it is at the heart of the’ Troubles’ in Belfast, but the book is NOT about the Troubles.
The novel is narrated by six year Saoirse (pronounced Seer-sha), who lives in Belfast with her Mammy, Daddy and younger sister, Daisy.Things are not as they should be in the family, but she and Daisy don’t understand what is happening and why their Mammy is so changed.
That hot summer the two sisters are stopped from playing with local children. Then a tragedy stops them visiting an Italian family their mother has befriended and brings an end to the delicious ice creams they had become accustomed to
Both girls, especially Saoirse, are enamoured of the Irish folk tales their parents tell them and so they spend the summer in a fantasy world of their own.
Then tragedy strikes and splits the already rocky family apart.
It is at this time that Saoirse discovers murky secrets in her families past. She is distressed at things that her family and extended family have kept from her. She now has to unravel the mesh of the half-truths and blind spots of her past and so she decides to go back to Belfast to discover the truth about her life
This was a really good read. It was completely different from any other books I have read recently. It was absorbing and carried me along quickly.Lucy Caldwell cleverly has the narrator Saoirse speaking as a six-year-old, and then later as a 16-year-old.
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