What Happens When Your Best Friend ought to be Your Enemy?
Liam and Nora form an unlikely friendship when he lends her a helping hand during a music competition. Liam's father, a mechanic, is a proud trade union member, while Nora's father is a prosperous wine importer. When Jim Larkin takes on the might of the employers in 1913, resulting in strikes, riots and lockouts, Liam and Nora's friendship is challenged and their loyalties torn.
Caught up in events that they don't fully understand, the two come face to face with hardship and danger, but also find humour and generosity as they set out on an adventure that may make or break their friendship, but will definitely change their lives forever.
The historical events of the Dublin 1913 Lockout vividly portrayed through the lives of two young friends.
Brian Gallagher 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 first book of historical fiction for young readers was Across the Divide, set in the 1913 Dublin Lockout, followed by Taking Sides, set against the background of the Civil War, and Secrets and Shadows, an exciting spy novel that begins with the North Strand bombings during World War II.
Brian lives with his family in Dublin.
vividly brings history to life for its readers … a hugely involving tale
Mad About Books
'provides a good historical account of a still topical subject in a style that will have young readers eagerly turning the pages to see what happens next ... Highly recommended'
'the atmosphere of a troubled Dublin city awash with tension and poverty is excellently captured'
'an interesting blend of fiction and history in a tale set against the backdrop of Jim Larkin’s labour movement and the 1913 Lockout'
'written in a nice simple style and is suitable for fourth, fifth or sixth classes ... could also be used as a teaching aid in history, art or geography'
'interesting and very realistic'
'Gallagher manages to deal with the historical issues of the day like social injustice, industrial unrest and women’s suffrage in a story that is exciting, gripping and occasionally humourous'
'an imaginative take on one of the most famous events in Dublin history ... Gallagher weaves an engaging plot'
'I liked the book because it was a really good story. Why can't two people be friends no matter what the backround? I think their friendship was really good'
'In a fairy story, Liam and Nora might have stayed together and lived happily ever after, but rightly enough, Brian Gallagher brings their eight-month friendship to a more realistic and consequently a more satisfying conclusion.'
'Across the Divide is an intelligent look at a particularly turbulent piece of Irish history from a young person’s viewpoint.'
'a very good read ... The book deals with a number of historical issues and raises questions of values.'
Teachers Union of Ireland News
'a compelling historical novel set against the backdrop of the Dublin Lockout of 1913 ... The author breathes life into characters who in lesser hands could become stereotypes ... well researched ... a skilful, satisfying read ...should appeal to boys and girls in the 10-12 age group and older'
'brought the turbulence of the 1913 lockout alive for young readers'
a compelling historical novel set against the backdrop of the Dublin Lockout of 1913 ... The author ‘breathes life into characters who in lesser hands could become stereotypes ... well researched ... a skilful, satisfying read ...should appeal to boys an
Gallagher manages to deal with the historical issues of the day like social injustice, industrial unrest and women’s suffrage in a story that is exciting, gripping and occasionally humourous
Absolutely amazing! A great book and a must have read for anyone that loves a forbidden friendship. A capturing tale of a rich girl and a young boy from the slums in Dublin. When their paths collide at a choir practice, both their lives are changed forev
Joanne on 14th November 2011
Probably the best book I've ever read
Jayesh on 14th April 2011
I liked the book because it was a really good story. Why can't two people be friends no matter what the backround? I think their friendship was really good
Kieran on 14th April 2011
I really enjoyed this book. How the fiction of the characters mixed with non-fiction of the backround is really orignal. I live in Dublin too, and I learned about the 1916 lockout myself. I really liked learning about it and my favourite books are fictio
Jamie on 28th March 2011
It is honestly one of the best books I have ever read
Ryan on 25th March 2011