Music Love Drugs War

10.79

The end of the school year is approaching, and siblings Paddy and Liz McLaughlin, Christy Meehan, Kevin Thompson and their friends will soon have to decide what they’re going to do with the rest of their lives. But it’s hard to focus when there’s the allure of their favourite hangout place, the dingy ‘Cave’, where they go to drink and flirt and smoke. Most days, Christy, Paddy, and Kevin lie around listening to Dexys and Joy Division. Through a fog of marijuana, beer, and budding romance, the future is distant and unreal. But this is Derry in 1981, and they can’t ignore the turmoil of the outside world. A friend is killed, and Christy and Paddy, stunned out of their stupor, take matters into their own hands. Some choices are irreversible, and choosing to fight will take hold of their lives in ways they never imagined.

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‘A clever, compassionate and humorous look at teenage kicks and sectarian strife in early 80s Northern Ireland’ Guardian

School is almost over – and for Paddy, Liz, Christy and Kevin it’s time to figure out what’s next. But before they start the rest of their lives, these teenagers have the ‘Cave’ – a place to drink, smoke, flirt and listen to punk music. Somewhere to fend off the spectre of the future.

Because this is Derry in 1981, and the streets outside are a war zone. So when a friend is killed, suddenly the choices of who to be and what side to be on are laid starkly before them. New loves and old loyalties are imperiled even as whole lives hinge on a single decision . . .

‘Exhilarating’ Roddy Doyle

‘A sensitive and powerful coming-of-age novel’
Observer

‘Worth checking out for its loving attention to how it feels to be young and in love in a time of turmoil’ i

‘Utterly convincing’ Sunday Times

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Weight 202 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.8 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

275

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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