The Troubles

"The Troubles " the story is set in Belfast and the North East in 1969.
Seamus Webster and his family flee the riots in Belfast and come to live on Barnstaple Road in North Shields - where he takes up work as a crane driver in Smith's Docks his wife Annie finds a job in the Co-op in Whitley Bay - Seamus is good at DIY and gets lots of work decorating or fitting out new kitchens for people. His father Michael is serving a very long sentence when he is implicated in a
bombing of an army base- his skills as a bomb maker have been passed down to his oldest son and Stephen Mcgill is on the look -out for him as a bombing campaign has begun on mainland Britain. Newcastle has been chosen as the target - can Seamus avoid getting mixed up in this. Read what happens in this tense thriller.

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Janice Porterfield toyed with the phone as her mother lay on the bed up stairs sleeping; she wanted to ring her father to tell him about her mother’s affair with her neighbour Melvin Thomas. Then she thought that that might end things between them and she didn’t know where she would stand after that. She only had to wait until summer the following year and she would be going to Sheffield to study for her art degree.

She had already been accepted after she had gone down with her parents for interview. Mr Collingwood the College Dean seemed a nice man and made them feel completely at ease. They were shown around the university and then to the halls of residence where Janice would be staying. John Porterfield handed over a cheque for he first year’s tuition fees and that was that. Her father had told her that she would have to get a job to help support herself and that she could find work in the city library; she could start almost straight away once she was settled in what would be her new home for the next four years.

Janice dialled her friend Brenda’s number and was surprised when Brenda’s’ father answered.’

“I’m sorry to bother you Mr Webster but could I speak to Brenda please.’

Brenda! Seamus shouted up stairs and Brenda came to the landing.’

Janice is on the phone.’

I’ll take it in my room.’

Seamus waited until he heard his daughter pick up the phone before replacing the receiver.

“Hi Jan what’s up?’

“Nothing I’m just bored Brenda and I thought that you and Liam could have come down and we could have went out somewhere.’

“The youth club at the church is on if you fancy going.’

 “I’ll ask my dad.’ I’ll call you back in a minute

Brenda placed the receiver on the phone then got up and went to the landing again.

“Dad is it alright if Liam and I go to the youth club tonight?”

“If Liam is going with you then I suppose it will be alright but I want you both back in this house by 11.30pm no later mind you.’

Brenda went up stairs to tell Liam that they were going out. He was sitting on his bed reading a sports magazine when his sister walked into his bedroom.

“Da says we can go to the youth club tonight.’

“I don’t want to go out.’

“Well if you don’t go then I can’t go; isn’t Danny going tonight?’

“How would I know I haven’t seen him have I.’

“Well don’t be sitting there you idiot get on the phone to him.’

“You can use the phone in my room.’

“I don’t know Brenda; there’s not much happening at the club is there.’

“Janice Porterfield will be there.’

“How do you know?’

“Well, she just rang to ask if I was going.’

There was a twinkle in Liam’s eye as he got off the bed and walked to his sister’s room.

“Don’t be sitting on my bed either; I’ve just made it.

Liam picked up the receiver then dialled the number of his friend.

“Hi, Danny do you fancy going to the youth club tonight?’

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