Stones Corner; Turmoil (Volume 1)

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STONES CORNER: Volume One: Turmoil
Be warned! Turmoil is the first in the Stones Corner tetralogy, Darkness (September 2021), Hope (February 2022) and Light (winter 2022) 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, this book is for you! At the same time, learn what everyday life was really like in Derry/Londonderry 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.


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ABOUT JANE                      Jane Buckley was born in Derry/ Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in the late 60s and is the author of the Stones Corner Volume 1, Turmoil and Volume 2, Darkness.  Jane is currently working on Volume 3, Light due for release in September 2022.  The final in the tretalogy Volume 4, Hope will be available in late Spring 2023. 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 have forgotten how unpredictable the weather is! Since Jane lived predominantly in London throughout the awful time known as "The Troubles", it was apparent – and still is today – not all the facts of the horrific events in Ulster – perpetrated on both sides of the warring factions – were presented in an accurate and unbiased way. This bias 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 tetralogy, hence Turmoil, Darkness, (Light and Hope!).  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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    Siobhan Prendergast
    Jun 25, 2021 1Siobhan Prendergast rated it – it was amazing!

    Jane has a wonderful way of writing, she gently guides the reader into the story and without realising when the transition happened you find yourself sitting alongside her characters or walking the streets of Derry city with them. Walking to the factory with the young Catholic Caitlín and her best friend, listening to them chat, I felt I was laughing with them. I cried too when on a much anticipated shopping trip one of young innocent girls were brutally injured by a bomb blast – an everyday occurrence.

    The reality of life in Northern Ireland was brought home in the words of Jane Buckley as she led us through the Troubles of Derry City and the lives shattered by the conflict and war. How could we empathise with the handsome but privileged James, nephew of the factory owner – but yet, somehow, we do! We feel Caitlin’s youngful anticipation of first love through her dangerous liaison with the Scottish protestant James. We somehow understand how the youth can be cajoled or angered into uprise and violence. Above all we feel the joy and the utter heartbreak and devastation that the conflict has on all families and all of the individuals – no-one escapes unscathed.

    A superbly constructed thriller, written in a style that is accessible to those of us who may never really understand what it is like to live in a war zone; the backdrop for their lives, it’s not extraordinary to them, it is, shockingly, their everyday lives. Stones Corner really makes this clear to the reader, despite the warzone, despite the bombings, the threat, the constant fear, these real people must live their lives.

    This book transports us into the very shoes of the characters and allows us for a short time to walk in their shoes and hear their thoughts and feel their emotions.

    A thriller with a lot of backbone and an enormous depth. It keeps the reader holding his breath to see what is going to happen next.

    I loved it and I am so looking forward to the sequel. Thanks to Jane Buckley for Stones Corner. Read it!

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  2. Anne M Harris

    I’ve read both of Jane Buckley’s books and can’t wait for the third in the series. She has managed to take a troubled era in the history of Northern Ireland and through gripping storytelling, manages to show the reality of life at that time, without ever showing bias. That’s quite a coup!

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