By Glenn Patterson
First of September 1974. Craig Robinson is beginning secondary institution. intuition tells him he must hold his head down. the very last thing he wishes, hence, is anyone sporting the identify St John Nimmo to be despatched to take a seat beside him, yet that's what he gets.
Across city Maxine Neill is beginning her personal new institution, confident that she shouldn't be there in any respect. She can be the place Craig and St John are. no longer that she has met both of them but. although meet them she's going to, and more.
Their lives and hers - and the lives of the whole Nimmo kinfolk - turn into entwined as pre-teens flip to young people, flip to twenties and thirties, flip necessarily to the eff many years they usually cross concerning the enterprise of filling the areas vacated via the generations that went ahead of. It's referred to as starting to be up, by no means brain that the majority of the time it appears like making it up as they cross alongside, and infrequently like fucking up completely.
Around them in the meantime the area occurs: to be particular Belfast occurs, for reliable or sometimes very unwell certainly. those are the conditions existence has contrived for them. What are they to do yet care for it?
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