The Good Son


By Paul McVeigh

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Set in Northern Ireland in the 1980s, The Good Son is a funny, frightening and ultimately moving story centred around Mickey Donnelly, a boy struggling to come of age against the backdrop of bitter and brutal surroundings.


16 Dec 2015

The Good Son is a compelling read with a narrator you can’t help falling in love with. Set against the backdrop of the early 1980s in Belfast, the story is told by eleven year-old Mickey Donnelly, during the last summer before he goes to secondary school. The story is a vivid reminder of the violence and distrust that tore Belfast apart during the Troubles, and the impact of British soldiers ‘policing’ the city. The sense of oppression and terror is brilliantly conveyed, the whole story feeling utterly convincing and real. And yet Mickey is such a lovely boy, and so funny, that the book is uplifting and positive as well. If there were more people like Mickey who truly care about others and want only to do the right thing, the world would be a far better place. I loved this book and read it in one sitting, totally wrapped up in it and rooting for Mickey all the way through.

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