Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

A boy and his uncle discover a body in the bog when they are illegally cutting peat on the borders of N Ireland during the height of the troubles in Ireland. Fergus's brother is in the Maze prison on hunger strike, there are Provisional IRA people in the local community, and a bomber working around the area. Into this mix come Cora and her Mum to investigate Fergus's find from an archaeological viewpoint - and all Fergus has to do is keep everything together, pass his A levels and thus escape from the situation - whilst falling in love with Cora, of course.

This is a very tightly scripted story - totally believable and engaging. Siobhan Dowd was a huge loss to the children and young people's arena

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