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A Belfast Child

Narrated by: Patrick Moy
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: History, Europe
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Summary

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 '70s and '80s. 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.

©2020 John Chambers (P)2020 Bonnier Publishing

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Brought me back!

Great read, brought me back to time’s that were dark . However also made me laugh out loud . Fully threaded with a heartfelt family story filled with tragedy and the resilience that brought them together again “you can take the boy out of Belfast but you can’t take Belfast out of the boy “ excellant

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His accent is CAT!

I am Belfast born and bred. The reader turned me off. I could not listen to him. Unable to finish the audiobook , I will buy a hard copy.

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Laugh and Cry

What an amazing book its one of the best I have ever heard so funny at times but so sad aswell what a great lad John is and what an incredible life he's had I wish him all the best

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What Northern Ireland should be

What book bought child hood memories back going up in Northern Ireland as a teen I highly recommend reading this book Give you a different view on our we country please read you have a laugh

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Loved it

I grew up near Glencairn myself & this brought back so many memories of my youth .. funny & so very sad at times powerful wee book & worth a credit

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  • Lee S.
  • 08-10-20

As real as it gets.

Left Northern Ireland for the States at 19 with alot of the same emotions the author had. Read alot of books about back home but this book gives you the closest look into the mindset of a Protestant youth growing up in the troubles I have came across. Well Written and Narrated. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-09-20

Cracking story

John has definitely hit the nail on the head with this throw back to his youth in Belfast. Very accurate and amusing, can definitely relate with some of his accounts. Growing up in Ulster in the troubles well described.