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That was the start of it. A terrible business altogether. Oh, it was all kept off the news, for the sake of the talks and the ceasefire. But them that were around that part of the country remember every bit.

Wait now till you hear the rest.



Northern Ireland, 1996.



After twenty-five years of conflict, the IRA and the British have agreed an uneasy ceasefire, as a first step towards lasting peace. But if decades of savage violence are leading only to smiles and handshakes, those on the ground in the border country will start to question what exactly they have been fighting for.



When an IRA man's wife turns informer, he and his brother gather their old comrades for an assault on the local army base. But the squad's feared sniper suddenly refuses to fight, and the SAS are sent in to crush this rogue terror cell before it can wreck the fragile truce, and drag the whole region back to the darkest days of the Troubles.



Inspired by the oldest war story of them all, this powerful new Irish novel explores the brutal glory of armed conflict, and the bitter tragedy of those on both sides who offer their lives to defend the honour of their country.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical activismTerrorism, armed strugglePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsOther non-Christian religionsAncient religions & mythologies Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division Publication Date: 26/07/2018 ISBN-13: 9781473636538  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Michael Hughes grew up in Keady, Co. Armagh, and now lives in London. He attended St Patrick's Grammar School in Armagh and read English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford before training in theatre at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris. He has worked for many years as an actor under the professional name Michael Colgan, and he also teaches creative writing. His first novel, The Countenance Divine, was published by John Murray in 2016.

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Country is an adrenaline rush from start to finish. I could hardly put it down! From the off, the language paints a vivid sense of time and place. The characters are complicated and real and convey just how complex the Troubles were for all involved. Having recently read the Iliad to my 7 y.o., it is fresh in my mind and this author has expertly woven the ancient tale into a believable, heartbreaking story for modern times, told by the players themselves. A cracking good read. Highly recommended.

- 11/08/2018
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