Belfast Girls

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The story of three girls - Sheila, Phil and Mary - growing up into the new emerging post-conflict Belfast of money, drugs, high fashion and crime; and of their lives and loves.

Sheila, a supermodel, is kidnapped. Phil is sent to prison. Mary, surviving a drug overdose, has a spiritual awakening.

It is also the story of the men who matter to them -

John Branagh, former candidate for the priesthood, a modern ...

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Overview

The story of three girls - Sheila, Phil and Mary - growing up into the new emerging post-conflict Belfast of money, drugs, high fashion and crime; and of their lives and loves.

Sheila, a supermodel, is kidnapped. Phil is sent to prison. Mary, surviving a drug overdose, has a spiritual awakening.

It is also the story of the men who matter to them -

John Branagh, former candidate for the priesthood, a modern Darcy, someone to love or hate. Will he and Sheila ever get together? Davy Hagan, drug dealer, ?mad, bad and dangerous to know?. Is Phil also mad to have anything to do with him?

Although from different religious backgrounds, starting off as childhood friends, the girls manage to hold on to that friendship in spite of everything.

A book about contemporary Ireland and modern life. A book which both men and women can enjoy - thriller, romance, comedy, drama - and much more ....

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781456387105
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication date: 11/27/2010
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerry McCullough has been writing poems and stories since childhood. Brought up in north Belfast, she graduated in English and Philosophy from Queen's University, Belfast, then went on to gain an MA in English.

She lives just outside Belfast, in Northern Ireland, has four grown up children and is married to author, media producer and broadcaster, Raymond McCullough, with whom she co-edited the Irish magazine, 'Bread', (published by Kingdom Come Trust), from 1990-96. In 1995 they published a non-fiction book called, 'Ireland - now the good news!'

Over the past few years Gerry has had more than fifty short stories published in UK, Irish and American magazines, anthologies and annuals - as well as broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster. Her poems and articles have been published in several Northern Ireland and UK magazines, and she has also done readings from her novels, poems and short stories at several Irish literary events. She writes a regular literary blog - Gerry's Books - and guest writes for several other literary blogs.

Gerry won the Cúirt International Literary Award for 2005 (Galway); was shortlisted for the 2008 Brian Moore Award (Belfast); shortlisted for the 2009 Cúirt Award; and commended in the 2009 Seán O'Faolain Short Story Competition, (Cork).

Gerry currently has three full-length Irish thriller/romance novels available, plus a short story collection and a YA time travel adventure:-

Belfast Girls - November 2010 (Night Publishing, UK/2012 Precious Oil)
Danger, Danger - October 2011 (Precious Oil Publications)
Angel in Flight: an Angel Murphy thriller - June 2012 (Precious Oil)

The Seanachie: Tales of Old Seamus - January 2012 (Precious Oil)
(previously published in an Irish weekly magazine)
Lady Molly & The Snapper - August 2012 (Precious Oil)

The Cúirt Award-winning story, 'Primroses,' and the Seán O'Faolain commended story, 'Giving Up,' have been extended and re-written as part of a series of eight more serious Irish short stories - to be published in the near future. Also in the pipeline is, 'Not the End of the World' - a humorous, futuristic, adult fantasy novel - coming soon from Precious Oil.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

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    "BELFAST GIRLS" (GMTA REVIEW)

    "BELFAST GIRLS" BY GERRY MCCULLOUGH

    I loved this book. Ireland has always been an interest of mine and learning more about it from this book was simply amazing. The story of two girls, Shelia and Phil and their life in Belfast, Ireland as they go from being children to teenagers and finally adults is touching enough. Though when you begin to toss in a few boys here and there especially John Branagh and Davy Hagan, life starts to get a bit difficult.

    Two girls, hopelessly in love with two boys, one destined for the priesthood and trying to live a good life, the other into mob activity, drugs, and all kinds of trouble. They lead these two girls on such an adventure and even though Shelia and Philomena know they should turn away and forget them, it's impossible when they keep popping back up in their lives.

    A touching story and at the same time a fantastic parody of modern life in Ireland, Gerry McCullough has written a wonderful book. I would place this high on the list of to-reads!

    Kitty Bullard /Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    Real characters - believable and authentic

    A modern day Belfast chronicle of three girls growing up in the reality of contemporary Northern Ireland - with visits to Dublin and New York thrown in. You've got almost everything here: love and rejection, friendship and lust, the 'safe' world of fashion and glamour contrasting with the harsh world of crime and danger, fame and disgrace, despair and hope ...

    Sheila's life takes off. She's got it all! But her 'ice maiden' success is hollow and empty. On the surface she's living a dream, but she's not enjoying the reality. Phil takes a more obvious route, but things get more and more complicated - leading to disaster. Mary quickly becomes a train wreck - but amazingly she manages to survive and turn her life around.

    The men are a contrast, too. Davy is light-hearted and takes what he wants from life, has few scruples and no worries about consequences; while John is serious, ambitious, self-righteous and confused. It's difficult to decide which is worse - the straight forward, self-centred, all-out bad guy, or the well meaning, but moody and tormented, 'good' guy? And the other men in Sheila's life all have their own quirks and agendas.

    This novel definitely holds your attention - even on a second reading! It is well written and you want to keep on reading and finding out more about these people. The characters are very real and natural and the story builds steadily towards the final outcome. You've managed to capture something that is believable and authentic.

    Well done! Hope it goes from strength to strength!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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