Mary Beckett Give Them Stones

ISBN 13: 9780060972134

Give Them Stones

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9780060972134: Give Them Stones

This story by Mary Beckett, born in Belfast, covers over 60 years of dramatic events in her home town. It is viewed through the eyes of an ordinary woman called Martha. She is witness to the Troubles in 1935, leaves school at the age of fourteen to go to work in the local mill, is evacuated to elderly aunts in the country during the blitz and sees her father interned in wartime for once allegedly belonging to the IRA. These events lead her to develop a strong urge to determine her own fate. The events leading up to her marriage are described and how she knew she would marry Dermot Hughes as soon as she saw his gas cooker. Her passion for baking becomes more than just a means of gaining a little financial independence but a therapy in times of crisis. From her tiny bakery an insider's perspective of the city's plight is gained: the rising struggles for civil rights, the Falls Road curfew of 1970, the bombings, the sectarian murders, the fear for sons with no jobs and no street safe for them to walk on between the soldiers arresting and IRA recruiting. It is very much a story of personal battles and victories and how they are fought and won. By same author: "A Woman of Belfast".

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From Publishers Weekly:

The author of A Belfast Woman presents a spare, powerfully affecting story with slyly humorous asides in the voice of Martha Hughes. The child of a poor Belfast family, Martha witnesses the strife between Catholics and Protestants, beginning during the time of the Troubles in 1935. Later, during World War II, the British intern her father, a Catholic suspected of IRA leanings. A woman grown, Martha marries and cares for her children with little help from her passive husband. During the years, she yearns for something of her own and for a united Ireland. When Martha discovers a talent for baking bread and earning money, she begins to fulfill both ambitions, contributing her profits to the Provos. But when the freedom fighters cripple a young boy, she refuses to give them further support and pays a terrible price for her rebellion. That is a momentary setback, however, not defeat for the courageous woman who struggles to achieve the life of dignity she deserves.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

In clear, spare fashion, Martha's life in Belfast is told alongside the recent history of Northern Ireland. Martha's family is of humble origins, and when her father is imprisoned for supposed IRA connections, she must leave school to work in the mill. She escapes the "Troubles" to the countryside with some elderly aunts, returns to Belfast to marry and produce four sons, and later opens a small neighborhood bakery amid growing violence. This seemingly slight, matter-of-fact story is rich in perceptive detail, and Martha's view of the religious/political turmoil is at once naive and profoundly insightful. Warmly recommended.Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., Va.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Mary Beckett
Published by Harpercollins (1989)
ISBN 10: 0060972130 ISBN 13: 9780060972134
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