Lively debut captures teenage kicks during the Troubles

The story is a decent one, bubbling with the aura of authenticity, but the characterisation lets Quigley’s novel down somewhat

13th January, 2019
Geraldine Quigley: her first novel crackles with the spirit of Derry in the early 1980s Pic: Pacemaker

Fiction: Music Love Drugs War, By Geraldine Quigley, Fig Tree, €16

The IRA hunger strikes of 1981 form the backdrop to Geraldine Quigley’s debut novel, which follows a group of friends in the early stages of adulthood in Troubles-era Derry. Quigley’s cast of characters have the usual late-teen concerns of falling in love, getting drunk, discovering new music, scoring drugs and avoiding prying parents, but they also have to deal with rioting in...

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