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A Belfast Child My true story of life and death in the Troubles

Written by John Chambers

A Belfast Child My true story of life and death in the Troubles Synopsis

John Chambers was brought up on Belfast's notorious Loyalist Glencairn estate, during the height of the Troubles. From an early age he witnessed violence, hatred and horror as Northern Ireland tore itself apart in civil strife. Kneecapping, brutal murders, and even public tarring-and-feathering were simply a fact of life for the children on the estate. He thought he knew which side he was on, but although raised as a Loyalist, he was hiding a troubling secret: that his disappeared mother - whom he'd always been told was dead - was a Roman Catholic, 'the enemy'. In a memoir of rare power, John explores the dark heart of Northern Irish sectarianism in the seventies and eighties. With searing honesty and native Belfast wit, he describes the light and darkness of his unique childhood, and his teenage journey through mod culture and ultra-Loyalism, before an escape from Belfast to London - where, still haunted by the shadow of his fractured family history - he began a turbulent and hedonistic adulthood. A Belfast Child is a tale of divided loyalties, dark secrets and the scars left by hatred and violence on a proud city - but also a story of hope, healing and ultimate redemption for a family caught in the rising tide of the Troubles.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781789462746
Publication date: 3rd September 2020
Author: John Chambers
Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 304 pages

About John Chambers

John Chambers was born in Belfast in 1966 and grew up during some of the most turbulent years of the Troubles. He now lives with his wife and children in the north of England, but his heart's desire remains a pastie supper from Beattie's Chippy on the Shankill Road. In no particular order, his interests include astronomy, quantum mechanics, military history, music, the Mod movement, and his mother-in-law's curries. John can be found blogging at and tweeting at @bfchild66

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