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Shadows on our Skin

Shadows on our Skin

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.

About the Author

Jennifer Johnston

Jennifer Johnston was born in Dublin in 1930 and was educated at Trinity College Dublin. 

Her books include The Captains and the Kings (1972), winner of the Author's Club First Novel Award; Shadows on our Skin (1977), shortlisted for the Booker Prize; and The Old Jest (1979), winner of the Whitbread Novel Award. 

She has also written plays, including The Nightingale and Not the Lark (1981), and O Ananias, Azarias and Misael (1989).

Johnston lives in Derry, Northern Ireland.