By Jennifer Johnston
Published by Hamish Hamilton
Joe Logan lives with his parents in Derry, where British soldiers are a familiar sight, and the sudden smashing and crashing of unexpected raids breaks the peace of the nights.
One winter he befriends a stranger to Derry, lonely school teacher Kathleen Doherty. And his elder brother returns from London with money to spend and a gun in his pocket.
Suddenly, Joe’s childhood is over, his innocence destroyed.