Published: 15/07/2018
ISBN: 9781789013832
Format: Paperback

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The author wrote 'Long Road Many Turnings'drawing on both anecdote and more factual data contained within her family folklore. She has now written a second novel' Time for a Change',which uses her exp... read more

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Time for a Change
Teresa’s story - Nursing in Northern Ireland through the conflict years
by Mary McClarey

The book’s heroine, Teresa, is seventeen when the story, set in Belfast and Derry during a period of civil unrest begins. She is alone when her family emigrate to Australia, leaving her in the care of her aunt.

Choosing a career in nursing, she comes face to face with situations of social and physical extremes which are relentlessly challenging and unusually difficult, at times more reminiscent of nursing in the first world war than Britain in the ‘swinging sixties’.

Whilst the story involves friends, fun and romance, there are also darker moments and reading this book offers a unique insight into the lives of ordinary people living as normal a life as they can manage, at that time.

The characters offer the reader their own take on living through those times - from the need for extreme vigilance when dating soldiers to the almost insurmountable difficulties of obtaining any form of contraception, alongside the resigned acceptance of barricades, heightened security and armed soldiers in hospital wards.

But this is a story of growth and resolution. It traces the heroine from a young woman, lonely and trying too hard to please, to a capable and mature adult, who not only resolves her own insecurities but proves to be a valuable support to others. Other characters tell their own story and there are examples of racial and cultural stereotypes which are both difficult to reconcile with twentieth-century Britain and challenging.

The book is peppered with an essence of the music of the time and the dress and styles of the sixties and seventies transport readers to that period. This is a book of fiction, not a historical document, but national incidents are portrayed as accurately as possible.

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Great book launch, attended by 70 people. Books selling well, e-book now also available.
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