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Loved Loved Loved this book
on 30 September 2018
Letterbox is centred around the 1996 Manchester IRA bomb.
The day the bomb went off in what I class as my home town of Manchester having worked in the city for a number of years and still work in the city to this day, as well as having and still socialising in the city, is a day I will never forget, even more so as I was planning on going into Manchester that day and for some reason I now can’t remember didn’t end up going in. (Maybe that was fate or maybe one of my guardian angels was looking down on me that day). During my commute to and from my current place of work, means that I am on a tram that bypasses the site of where the bomb was detonated and whilst reading this book on my daily commute was able to vividly remember the carnage that was left on that eventful day that unfortunately made history.
Before moving on to my thoughts about the book, I must confess to feeling ashamed to say that this book as been in my never ending TBR (to be read) pile since 16 June 2014 (a record number of 4 years and strangely enough the day after one of the anniversary’s), and I am afraid that without Caroline offering me the chance to participate in this tour may have lay there for a further few years, and I would never have realised what a FANTASTIC book this was.
The books is a tale of that eventful day, the years leading up to it and a few days after and through this book we learn what made the character Liam O’Connor do what he did.
We meet Liam as he moves into his new home and meets what becomes his best friend Sean. We follow the lives of Liam who is a seemingly innocent child going about his everyday life of school, girls and hanging around with this best friend, unaware what is happening behind closed doors and what his extended family are involved in.
We learn the fiction based tale of how Liam became a member of the IRA and what the events were that led up to that fateful day on 15 June 1996 when a bomb was planted in the city centre of Manchester and how things transpired from there, how Liam ended up being in the centre that day and the things that he was compelled to do as well.
To go into too much detail about the story would to me give away the things that the author is trying to portray and the feelings that have gone into writing what to me is a book that brought back so many memories of what happened and yet the city of Manchester is strong and resilient and built itself back up as it has done again recently.
P A Davies has written a gripping fiction based novel with a some aspects of the truth in it and no doubt had to do a lot of research to understand the effects of the day that was etched in history 22 years ago today.