Belfast Girls by Gerry McCullough

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This literary offering is a good start for Gerry McCullough. Her first novel, set in present day Belfast, makes good use of place, time, and character development. It is...a romance, with Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as its backdrop.
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The #1 best-selling debut novel from award-winning Irish author, Gerry McCullough

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. An Irish story which both men and women can enjoy – thriller, romance, comedy, suspense – and much more ....

Meet some other Belfast girls in Gerry's romantic thriller, Danger Danger
 

About Gerry McCullough

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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 Cuirt International Literary Award for 2005 (Galway); was shortlisted for the 2008 Brian Moore Award (Belfast); shortlisted for the 2009 Cuirt Award; and commended in the 2009 Sean 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 Cuirt Award-winning story, 'Primroses, ' and the Sean 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.
 
Published July 8, 2012 by Precious Oil Publications. 316 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Gabriel Constans on Jul 20 2012

This literary offering is a good start for Gerry McCullough. Her first novel, set in present day Belfast, makes good use of place, time, and character development. It is...a romance, with Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as its backdrop.

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