Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #History #NorthernIreland – Stones Corner Volume Two – Darkness by Jane Buckley

Delighted to share the news of the latest release by Jane Buckley – Stones Corner: Darkness the sequel to Stones Corner: Turmoil.

About the Book

From Turmoil to Darkness, an unapologetic account of the darkest years of ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland.

Darkness follows the next instalment from author Jane Buckley’s Stones Corner, Turmoil.

Relive the harrowing and very troubled years of the early ’70s, considered the darkest years of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Following on from the catastrophic fall-out from the doomed Derry City Hotel meeting, the impact of the disaster has far reaching consequences for communities already divided and distrustful of each other.

Following the lives of so many, from the wealthy, vibrant James Henderson to the love-struck factory girl Caitlin McLaughlin and her family, you cannot help but be drawn in and empathise with the civilians caught up in a raging unrelentless war they want no part in.

All the while the guerrilla war in the province gains momentum as it extends to mainland Britain and the Irish Republic. Darkness takes us from the dank hellhole of the overpopulated Victorian Armagh Women’s Gaol to London’s lavish, opulent private clubs.

An unmerciful and harrowing tale, it endeavours to illustrate what life was like for Ulster’s war-torn, sectarian communities. It captures a story of conflict, survival of the fittest, and victims who attempt to live and love against a background of chaos and carnage.

Hope is deemed lost and forgotten until the power of love, truth, and justice steps in to create Light and a new beginning.

Head over to buy the book: Amazon UKAnd: Amazon US

Also by Jane Buckley

One of the recent reviews for the book

Aug 26, 2021 Joe Begley rated it five stars.

For many, the vision of the recent “Troubles” in Northern Ireland were mostly conveyed through representation in the media. Disturbing as those images were, they never conveyed the full picture of what went on “behind closed doors”, and so the personal accounts of those caught up in the Troubles provide a valuable insight. Jane Buckley draws on both her own experience of life in Derry in those troubled years and also on personal research conducted over many years seeking answers to what the years of violence may have achieved to produce a “factional” account of life in Derry in those troubled times, and in not one but four instalments! “Turmoil”, the first, focuses on one young woman from a Nationalist background, portraying the struggles her family experienced, but also builds and develops characters from both the more privileged background of her employer and also members of the armed forces, all of whom interact.

The characters are skilfully developed, and, towards the end, a couple of surprising twists are introduced, and this episode ends with a “what happens next?” scenario. The writing style makes for easy reading, making the 400+ pages easily digestible. If the quality of this first instalment is maintained throughout the entire tetralogy, it has the potential for a classic. A debut author truly arrived. Instalment 2 awaited! 

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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.


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