Stones Corner; Turmoil (Volume 1)
STONES CORNER: Volume 1, Turmoil
Be warned! Turmoil is the first in the Stones Corner quartet, Darkness (September 2021), Hope (February 2022) and Light (2022/3) and a gruelling read. It’s harsh but importantly truthful and objective. If you love a terrific thriller with individual stories that form a cataclysmic ending, then this book is for you! At the same time, learn what everyday life was REALLY like in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, during those dark, harsh times from the early 1970s through to the Good Friday Peace Agreement in 1998.
“A Review, April 2021″
Set in Northern Ireland during the 1970s, Turmoil paints a vivid picture of life lived amidst armed struggle. It’s a story of people trying to get on with their lives against a backdrop of discrimination, bigotry, revolutionary conflict, and state suppression. And it’s the little things of bravery and kindness that make this book such a joy. The uncle who buys his niece a pair of tights for her new job, knowing she can’t afford them. The woman who berates the masked gunmen by telling them she’ll complain to their mothers. The wealthy boss who visits his injured secretary, naïve to the impact his flashy car will have in her impoverished and dangerous part of town. There is universality at work here. We may be in Northern Ireland, but we could be in any country where there is conflict – where bosses are trying to save their factories, where young men are seduced into a cause, where psychopaths use conflict as cover for their own dark work, and where people – despite everything – are flirting, laughing and falling love. The author has created a set of characters here that the reader can quickly identify with, and in some cases, genuinely care about. The various sides of the conflict are represented with an even-handedness which aids our understanding of the complexities of Northern Ireland’s conflict. Turmoil is a confident and entertaining debut from the author whose next instalment, Darkness, is eagerly awaited….”
Caitlin McLaughlin is just like any other teenage girl: during the week, she works at the Rocola shirt factory in Stones Corner, Creggan, where she has become secretary to her boss’s dishy nephew James. She likes music and trips into the city with her best friend at the weekend, but this is Derry 1972. A simple trip to the shops can lead to life-changing injuries or death, and staying at home can be just as dangerous when the British Troops raid house to house.
Robert Sallis is a private with the Royal Fusiliers recently posted to the city. He’s repelled by how some of his fellow soldiers behave, wary too of civilian feelings running high against the occupying army. Accidentally separated from his patrol in Creggan, he’s discovered by Caitlin hiding in her family’s garden. He expects the worse but having seen enough violence too close to home, she doesn’t give him away. Instead, she prefers to daydream about her charming boss, who has made his feelings for her plain.
A Catholic girl from the Bogside and the Protestant heir to a big local employer…Caitlin believes their love can overcome the triple obstacles of politics, class, and faith in her youthful innocence. Meanwhile, Robert, newly recruited to British undercover forces, is closing in on a terrorist strike in the heart of the city centre.
The Stones Corner Tetralogy. Click on the link above to find out more about Jane Buckley.
Jane Buckley was born in Derry/ Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in the late 60s and is the author of the Stones Corner Volume 1, Turmoil. Like many of her generation, she had to leave to find work elsewhere. At the naïve age of 17, she moved to London, where she lived and worked for over twenty-five years before moving to Nice, France.
Along with her husband John (born in Cork, Ireland), they finally returned home in 2017 and lived in Donegal. They love it but had forgotten how unpredictable the weather is!
Since Jane lived predominantly in London throughout the awful time that is known as "The Troubles", it was apparent then – and still is today – that not all the facts of the horrific events in Ulster – perpetrated on every side by the warring factions – were presented in an accurate and unbiased way. This was especially true in mainland Britain.
Over recent years, the couple recognised that many of the people they'd been fortunate enough to meet on their travels worldwide didn't understand why or how the conflict here in the North of Ireland began and why it continued for three decades.
Jane found this particularly frustrating and decided to take it upon herself to inform them and others by writing a historical fiction series based on her own childhood experiences and around events from this horrific period in Ireland's history.
She says writing was a frightening project at first, given she'd never written anything substantial before but, being Jane, she'd write not just one novel, but a quartet, hence Turmoil, Darkness, Hope and Light!
Jane believes that we need to move on from "The Troubles" as a country while never forgetting how and why they occurred. In recognition of the hardship and suffering endured by so many of our friends, family, and neighbours, we should continue to embrace the healing and reconciliation process.
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