By Mary Costello
Set in Belfast during the Troubles, this autobiographical first novel by Mary Costello was made into a major film starring Julie Walters and Ciaran Hinds
1970s Belfast, the city where the Titanic was built, is torn apart by violence. One woman decides to make a stand for peace, while her teenage daughter goes through her first romance. Warm, sharp, humorous and tense, Titanic Town catches a bitter-sweet yet uplifting glimpse of how life goes on even under the harshest conditions.
A group of women in Belfast seek to set up a peace movement, after a neighbour dies in crossfire.
Mary Costello’s story presages the later emergence of the Peace People and explores the dilemmas for those who seek to change their communities by standing aside from them.
Mail on Sunday: It is one of the funniest books I’ve read for a long time - and one of the saddest. Judges and politicians, especially, should buy it.
Literary Review: Titanic Town is not only hugely readable, clever and powerful. It is necessary.
New Statesman: Beauty and sadness; wit and verve . . . a joy to read.
Methuen Publishing Limited
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