The Defender by Alan Gibbons, Neil Conrich
  

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The Defender by Alan Gibbons, Neil Conrich

Guns, violence, mob rule or defending the cause? We all have choices. Or do we? Who would choose blood, sacrifice and exile? At the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland Ian's dad did. He thought he was fighting for a cause, for his people. But the price was too high - after the murder of his sister's husband and his own wife's death, he's paying for trying to get out. Somewhere along the line the cause got blurred by organised crime and revenge, and all it's left is a bitter taste. He's still a target, still a victim. Now he faces a lifetime of running with nowhere to go and constantly putting at risk the son he loves. This page turner tackles a controversial topic head-on and makes powerful and memorable reading.

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Gibbons knows how to grip a reader. His works are challenging with stomach-churning reality. Birmingham Post A thriller you can't put down from a master storyteller Bolton Evening News His thrillers are guaranteed to keep the reader flipping the pages, but also to make them tackle subjects they may initially have shied away from The Guardian

About the Author

Alan Gibbons is a full-time writer and a visiting speaker and lecturer at schools, colleges and literary events nationwide, including the major book festivals: Edinburgh, Northern Children's Book Festival, Swansea, Cheltenham, Sheffield and Salford. Alan is a key supporter of a high-profile, nationwide campaign to champion libraries and librarianship and to reevaluate government commitment to educational spending. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and four children. Alan is an honorary CILIP member. Visit Alan's website at www.alangibbons.com, read his blog at alangibbons.net, follow him on Twitter @mygibbo, Facebook www.facebook.com/alan.gibbons.35 and Flickr www.flickr.com/people/71279646@N08.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
192 pages
Interest Age: From 12

Author

Alan Gibbons, Neil Conrich
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Author's Website

mygibbo@gmail.com

Publisher

Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

3rd June 2004

ISBN

9781842550984


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