on 24 September 2014
I bought this book to complete my Tony Macaulay trilogy.
This book tells 2 years of a boy growing up on the top of the Shankhill Road. Explained from a child's point of view it highlights the normality of most aspects of living in Northern Ireland during the troubles thing like which bands they like the Bay City rollers in his case, the church youth clubs, hanging out with friends and fighting with your siblings which everyone growing up can relate to.
Having grown up in Northern Ireland at about the same time (although I am a few years younger than Tony) I can relate to a lot of the things being said things like getting your 11+ and going to the grammar school are very Northern Irish.
While in the adult world things are going to hell in a handcart and this book shows how kids pick up on the things adults say and do and how it shape their thoughts. I think it also highlights how insular things were then and your world wasn't much more that the estate you lived in.
Overall an excellent and funny insight into growing up in Northern Ireland during the troubles in the 70s.