Children of the Troubles

Children of the Troubles

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In this remarkable second book in the Children of Conflict series, Laurel Holliday presents a powerful collection of young people's memories of growing up in the midst of the violence in Northern Ireland known as "The Troubles."
"All my life I have been afraid. When it would get dark I would lie in bed and be frightened to move in case men would be outside who were going to smash the doors in with a sledge hammer and then shoot whoever is in the house as they have done before."
-- Bridie Murphy, age twelve

More than sixty Catholic and Protestant children, teenagers, and adults chronicle their coming-of-age experiences in the war zone, from bomb-devastated Belfast to the terrorist-ridden countryside.
"It was like my head exploded. It's an experience you can't really understand -- getting shot in the head -- unless it's happened to you.
-- Stephen Robinson, wounded while walking home from secondary school

For the first time in thirty years there is some hope for an end to the murders and bombings that have wounded more than 40,000. But the ravages of war remain indelibly etched on the minds and souls of the generation known as children of "The Troubles."
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 384 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476775333 | 
  • February 2014
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Chapter One
ADRIAN FOX
CRAIGAVON, COUNTY ARMAGH

Adrian Fox was born in Kent, England, in 1961. Both Irish, his parents had gone to England to find work but later returned to Northern Ireland to set up a home for their growing family and to start a business of their own. "Little did they know," Adrian says, "that in just two years they would become part of the nightmare [the Troubles] and that my father's small car repair centre in Belfast would be taken over and used as a British Army post and our home would be taken from us by force and burned."
Having spent his first six years happy and content in England, Adrian simply was not... see more

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