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Buying Time [Kindle Edition]

Janice Donnelly
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Centered around the arrival in Belfast in 1968 of Benny Brannigan, fresh up from the provinces, 'Buying Time' is the insidiously evocative account of the loves and lives of a group of people whose fates are closely intertwined with his, from Benny's own relationship with the love of his life, Deirdre, to the tragedy which awaits the golden couple Carol and Charlie, to the bitter-sweet story of the big-hearted Sammy and his devotion to the married Liz whom he met while out dancing one night and could never forget.

Among a pack of sympathetic and intriguing characters, the streets of Belfast play the greatest role of all as the sometimes joyous, sometimes teeming, sometimes troubled backdrop to the dreams and heartbreaks of ordinary, yet often quietly heroic, lives.

'Buying Time' has a rhythm, a wisdom and a telling accuracy which will haunt you for weeks, and maybe for years, to come.

About the Author

Janice Donnelly was born and raised in Belfast and now lives in Whitehead, County Antrim. 'Buying Time' was inspired by her early years in Belfast.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 598 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477662057
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EMBXU2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #294,508 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Buying Time is my first novel, it is set in Belfast, my home city. I now live just outside of the city but Buying Time has been inspired by my early years growing up in Belfast.

My publishing house's description read as follows:
Centered around the arrival in Belfast in 1968 of Benny Brannigan, fresh up from the provinces, 'Buying Time' is the insidiously evocative account of the loves and lives of a group of people whose fates are closely intertwined with his, from Benny's own relationship with the love of his life, Deirdre, to the tragedy which awaits the golden couple Carol and Charlie, to the bitter-sweet story of the big-hearted Sammy and his devotion to the married Liz whom he met while out dancing one night and could never forget.
Among a pack of sympathetic and intriguing characters, the streets of Belfast play the greatest role of all as the sometimes joyous, sometimes teeming, sometimes troubled backdrop to the dreams and heartbreaks of ordinary, yet often quietly heroic, lives.

Pre-Release Press Statement said of it:

'A big book that seeks to deliver the everyday experience of living in Belfast from the tarmac up, reminiscent of Dylan Thomas except in prose, and of James Joyce without the obscurity.'

Readers have said of Buying Time:

"Janice seems to be a cross between Maeve Binchy and Colin Bateman, in that she describes, ordinary people and their lives, but with a harder edge." -David McIlveen Wright

"Janice is a natural storyteller who captivates the reader from the first word." -Valerie Murtagh Henry

The sequel entitled Trying Times is now in the final editing stages, set in January 2009 to July 2009 as the UK recession unfolds, it follows many of the main characters from Buying Time along with a smattering of new characters.
I know many people who have read my novel are awaiting the sequel in anticipation, eager to find out what life has in-store for Benny and the cast of characters they connected with in the first novel.




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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous sense of life and place 29 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback
I love books that really give you a sense of place and time, and take their time to layer in the details while still pulling you through the plot.

'Buying Time' oozes the lives of people living in Belfast over the last 50 years - their hopes, their dreams, their loves, their defeats and their deaths.

Even at the beginning of the book, as Benny Brannigan first walks the streets of Belfast, you recognise his accidental connectedness to characters who will be fleshed out later in the book.

While this is not a Romance in the classic escapist fairytale sense, romance and relationships are central to the story - how the different characters fare in love, how those relationships progress, and how they sometimes end in tragedy or loss.

This is a very moving book, one that you feel you are living yourself, surrounded by characters in the main trying to live decent lives amid people they care for and people who care for them.

Janice Donnelly clearly cares for her characters and is sharply insightful into their situations and personalities.

And when you finish it, it actually feels like you have just read an epic of great importance but without any sense of self-importance.

I defy you to read this without letting it embed itself firmly under your skin.

If I had to choose only two words to describe it, I would pick 'empathetic' and 'true', and I would certainly urge you to read it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars readable but not exciting 9 Mar 2014
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The book held my interest enough to keep me turning the page, but I kept hoping something exciting would happen. Not the case!
The title does somewhat suggest that something significant transpires... Sadly this was not to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 13 July 2013
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I couldn't put this book down.
Well done Ms Donnelly, it truly is an amazing read.
I can't wait for your next novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buying Time 13 Feb 2013
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Maybe a bit biased here as the author is the wife of an old friend but thoroughly enjoyed the novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD STORY 5 Aug 2012
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An enjoyable read and will be of particular interest to anyone who grew up in Belfast or indeed any person planning to visit this great city. Thankfully Ms Donnelly does not dwell so much on the troubled past of the province instead she portrays that most folk just got on with their lives. The characters are warm and believable with just some reference to colloquial phrases. I read the book in two days and look forward to the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! 28 Jun 2012
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What a great read this is, I couldn't put it down! A refreshingly vivid story, there are parts of this book that will stay with you forever!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! 27 Jun 2012
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I bought this book to take on holiday, after being recommended by a friend, and what a great recommendation it was.....I didn't move from the poolside for two days til' I had absorbed every word of this emotional, Belfast novel! Can't wait for Janice Donnelly's next book!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read. 9 Jun 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was a real trip down memory lane for me. I enjoyed every page. The characters were like meeting some old friends. Thankfully the author did not dwell on the "Troubles" or religion, as so many local writers do, in fact there was little or no mention at all. This book is on my Christmas list for friends and family,I know they will enjoy reading about the great friendships between Sammy and Benny and Liz and Kate. The people and the tragedy they each encountered throughout their lifes and the beautiful and for me tearfull ending. Simply wonderful, well done to the author on her first book. WW.
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