Brian Gallagher Stormclouds


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Author: Brian Gallagher

Date Published: 02-Sep-2013

Can old differences ever be overcome? Twins Emma and Dylan move from Washington to Belfast in the late 1960s when their journalist father is sent to cover the civil rights movement. Emma joins a running club and becomes friends with Maeve Kennedy, who lives on the Falls Road, while Dylan and Sammy Taylor make a formidable pairing on the Wanderers football team. But Sammy is from a loyalist background and Maeve from the nationalist community- traditional enemies in this part of the world. Gradually they overcome thier suspicions of each other, and all four become friends. Then the tensions that have been simmering in Northern Ireland boil over into violence and it is not just their friendship that is threatened- but their very lives.

About the Author

Brian Gallagher was born in Dublin. He is a full-time writer whose plays and short stories have been produced in Ireland, Britain and Canada. He has worked extensively in radio and television, writing many dramas and documentaries.

He collaborated with composer Shaun Purcell on the musical, Larkin, for which he wrote the book and lyrics, and on Winds of Change for RTE's Lyric FM. His latest show is Whiskey in the Jar, a musical for which he wrote the book and lyrics, with music by Dave 'Doc' O'Connor.

His adult novels Invincible, Flight, Payback and Pursuit have won widespread praise, and in more recent times he has concentrated on historical fiction for older children, writing the novels Across the Divide, Taking Sides, Secrets and Shadows and Storm Clouds.

He is currently working on a new novel.

Outside of writing his interests include travel, tennis, music and hill walking. He lives with his family in Dublin.

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poignant ... absorbing

-- The Swallows Nest

the impressive achievement of this historical novel is to present complex events lucidly and to convey their intensity. Readers of eleven upwards will be absorbed by the dramatic events which impact upon the lives of the four main characters

-- School Librarian Magazine

the reality of violence and its aftermath is well done

-- Historical Novels Review

would make a very good introduction to the history of the Northern Ireland conflict for children in their early teens

-- Historical Novels Review

should be compulsory reading for every Irish young person


captures a volatile Belfast so well


couldn't put the book down


brings the past to life in a very readable, engaging way


while readers are familiar with wars that wrack distant parts of the world, this accurate depiction of violence in a familiar and seemingly benign area will surprise and educate many-a worthy accomplishment

-- Kirkus Reviews

just beautiful writing

-- Sunday Independent

ideal for age ten and up

-- Sunday Independent

without glossing over violence or partisan attitudes, the book delineates the conflict in an age-appropriate manner

-- Children's Books Ireland Recommended Reads Guide 2013

thoroughly-researched historical fiction


Gallagher constructs a good tale, and doesn't shy away from tragedy


10 out of 10 ... will never want to put it down ... a real page-turner


Brian Gallagher makes you feel as if you are really there


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