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poignant … absorbing(The Swallows Nest)
the impressive achievement of this historical novel is to present complex events lucidly and to convey their intensity. Readers of eleven upwards will be absorbed by the dramatic events which impact upon the lives of the four main characters(School Librarian Magazine)
the reality of violence and its aftermath is well done(Historical Novels Review)
would make a very good introduction to the history of the Northern Ireland conflict for children in their early teens(Historical Novels Review)
should be compulsory reading for every Irish young person(Betweenmylines.com)
captures a volatile Belfast so well(Betweenmylines.com)
couldn’t put the book down(Betweenmylines.com)
brings the past to life in a very readable, engaging way(Betweenmylines.com)
while readers are familiar with wars that wrack distant parts of the world, this accurate depiction of violence in a familiar and seemingly benign area will surprise and educate many―a worthy accomplishment(Kirkus Reviews)
just beautiful writing(Sunday Independent)
ideal for age ten and up(Sunday Independent)
without glossing over violence or partisan attitudes, the book delineates the conflict in an age-appropriate manner(Children’s Books Ireland Recommended Reads Guide 2013)
thoroughly-researched historical fiction(InisMagazine.ie)
Gallagher constructs a good tale, and doesn't shy away from tragedy(InisMagazine.ie)
10 out of 10 … will never want to put it down ... a real page-turner(SeomraRanga.com)
Brian Gallagher makes you feel as if you are really there(SeomraRanga.com)
Brian Gallagher was born in Dublin. He is a full-time writer whose plays and short stories have been produced in Ireland, Britain and Canada. He has worked extensively in radio and television, writing many dramas and documentaries.
He collaborated with composer Shaun Purcell on the musical, Larkin, for which he wrote the book and lyrics, and on Winds of Change for RTE’s Lyric FM. His latest show is Whiskey in the Jar, a musical for which he wrote the book and lyrics, with music by Dave 'Doc' O’Connor.
His adult novels Invincible, Flight, Payback and Pursuit have won widespread praise, and in more recent times he has concentrated on historical fiction for older children, writing the novels Across the Divide, Taking Sides, Secrets and Shadows and Storm Clouds.
He is currently working on a new novel.
Outside of writing his interests include travel, tennis, music and hill walking. He lives with his family in Dublin.