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What I loved mainly about this book was the wonderful writing by a wonderful colourful author, Ruth Hamilton has a gift for writing not only for knitting together some wonderful characters but she knows how to grip the reader's attention and hold on tight to it.
The book is based on a group of family members named Riley who have fled from the poverty of Ireland along with a father who spent his time brewing poteen and drinking it quicker again. The brothers and sister have all followed each other across the Irish Sea in different stages of their lives and settled around Liverpool but have not connected each other as they wanted to leave their lives in Ireland back there in Ireland. Though the majority of them are spread around Liverpool with thin threads of a spiders web connecting them through their blood the circumstances of their lives keep them apart, some of them have went as far as America and Australia. The book is based mainly on the family members who reside in different parts of Liverpool. As they continue to make their own lives they simply got on with creating a new family of their own far away from their alcoholic father. They all have their own problems but they deal with the problems as well as they can but one thing they hold on tight too is their sense of humour which the author fully had the understanding of the Irish humour. The expressions she used for the different characters were perfect for the characters and perfect for the era. This book for me was full of family loyalty and love for their families was their main objectives in life. But there was still people out to make trouble for each of the families and these were dealt with in their own unique and exceptional way which kept me gripped to the book as only a wonderful author like Ruth Hamilton could possibly do.
This book will take you to the depths of London's boxing clubs where you will meet the Krays through Maureen Riley's sons and then when you go to meet Tessa Riley's family you will meet Paul McCartney and John Lennon before they hit the big time. Though both girls are no longer Riley both have got married but still that Riley blood flows through their veins. As you meet the beautiful but heartbroken Roisin Allen(nee Riley) you will also meet her very gifted family and her mad but very loveable mother Anna but the one Riley member which stood out through the book was Paddy formerly known as Patricia she holds her family in the palm of her hand especially her very gifted grandson Seamus who with this pair together had me laughing out loud in the most inconvenient moments but one thing about Paddy she will lay her life down for the lives of her children and grandchildren.
I highly recommend The Lights of Liverpool as a wonderful book and if I could give it ten stars I would, as I have not laughed and cried in equal measure as I have done with this book in a very long time.
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