What I'm Reading
I wasn't long into this Man Booker Prize winning book of 2018, when I realised that it was set in 1970s Northern Ireland, probably Belfast. Although nothing is named, the place 'over the water' and the people who live 'over the road', who follow 'the other religion' was very reminiscent of The Troubles as I remember them. I was living in Liverpool, close to Northern Ireland, and I still have childhood memories of such terms as 'kneecapping', 'car bombs' and 'paramilitary'. And the more I read, the more my belief was reinforced.
The third book in the Regeneration Trilogy and by far the best as the awarding of the Booker prize indicates. I read this as a stand-alone and the trilogy later without losing anything from the flow of the overall theme of regeneration.
This book is unusual - particularly chapter 100, which simply states that the author always wanted a chapter 100 and is completely irrelevant to the story. However, I think it deserved the Booker award for originality.