Delighted to welcome Jane Buckley to the Cafe and Bookstore with her debut novel Stones Corner Turmoil. This is the first in a four book series with book two available soon.
About the book
Be warned! Stones Corner Turmoil is a gruelling read. It’s harsh but importantly truthful and objective. If you love a terrific thriller with individual stories that form a cataclysmic ending then this book is for you! At the same time, learn what everyday life was REALLY like in Derry during those dark, harsh times.
Caitlin McLaughlin is just like any other teenage girl: during the week she works at the Rocola shirt factory in Stones Corner, Creggan where she has become secretary to her boss’s dishy nephew James. At the weekend she likes music and trips into the city with her best friend, but this is Derry 1972. A simple trip to the shops can lead to life-changing injuries or death and staying at home can be just as dangerous when the British Troops raid house to house .
Robert Sallis is a private with the Royal Fusiliers recently posted to the city. He’s repelled by the way some of his fellow soldiers behave; wary too of civilian feelings running high against the occupying army. Accidentally separated from his patrol in Creggan, he’s discovered by Caitlin hiding in her family’s garden. He expects the worse but having seen enough violence too close to home, she doesn’t give him away. Instead she prefers to daydream about her charming boss who has made his feelings for her plain. A Catholic girl from the Bogside and the Protestant heir to a big local employer….
In her youthful innocence, Caitlin believes their love can overcome the triple obstacles of politics, class and faith. Meanwhile Robert, newly recruited to British undercover forces, is closing in on a terrorist strike in the heart of the city centre.
One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads
Stones Corner: Turmoil by Jane Buckley was an intriguing thriller set during The Troubles in Northern Ireland. I read this quickly in a weekend, despite the gnawing ‘to do’ list fighting for my attention. I had to find out what happened next. Having a book club meeting and special Q&A with the author also helped motivate me too 😉
I didn’t know much about The Troubles prior to reading this novel and still wish to read more on the complicated topic and history (apparently not just in the past but present day too). While reading I kept asking myself why there was so much hatred and misunderstandings such as presented in the story, but then realized how often this same narrative is told time and time again, and continues to occur worldwide. This felt like a mini epiphany about human nature, the desire for power and control at the expense of others creates such divides. This breaks my heart. A lot of other great topics came up in our discussion relating to this, which makes me appreciate a novel all the more.
Subsequently, the novel portrays the importance of showing kindness, compassion, friendship, and the need for tolerance. If societies all over addressed issues such as education, poverty, religion, and politics in a respectful manner, maybe unity could be attainable. I know I’m hopeful (and likely naive), but one needs to dream eh?!
Keep in mind this novel is also a captivating thriller with grotesque violence, vivid villainous characters, a variety of POVs, and naive, yet relatable protagonists. Out of all the characters, I loved Caitlyn and James the most. Their stories interwoven throughout the novel made it easier to stomach the many depressing scenes and deal with the racist monsters a bit more easily. It’s all about balance. There was a good mixture of that along with twists and surprises too. I enjoyed predicting a few of those twists, but was still surprised by the ending.
Looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Stones Corner: Darkness. Can’t wait for the map and glossary too 😉
Print copies available: Jane Buckley Writes
About Jane Buckley
Jane Buckley has been an avid reader all her life and if the opportunity had existed when she was younger would have loved to become a journalist. She began writing her first novel in 2017 but put the manuscript away in a drawer for a couple of years.
Jane used the lockdown period to finish the book – now ‘Stones Corner: Turmoil’ – and describes the writing experience as her ‘salvation’ during the pandemic.
Jane lives just outside Derry, Northern Ireland. She is married to John and has two daughters Cassie who lives in Oxford and Maggie who lives in Auckland NZ with grandchildren Charlie and Alba.
Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could spread the news of Jane’s book on your own network.. thanks Sally.