These Days

Lucy Caldwell

From ‘one of Ireland’s most essential writers’ (Sunday Times) comes the exquisite story of two sisters trying to survive in life and love against the backdrop of the Belfast Blitz.

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‘Sensationally good’ Sunday Times
‘Remarkably, unusually vivid’ The Times

April, 1941. Belfast has escaped the worst of the war – so far. Over the next two months, it’s going to be destroyed from above, so that people will say, in horror, My God, Belfast is finished.

Many won’t make it through, and no one who does will remain unchanged.

Following the lives of sisters Emma and Audrey – one engaged to be married, the other in a secret relationship with another woman – as they try to survive the horrors of the four nights of bombing which were the Belfast Blitz, These Days is a timeless and heart-breaking novel about living under duress, about family, and about how we try to stay true to ourselves.

*A Guardian and Observer Fiction Highlight for ’22*
*From the Winner of the 2021 BBC National Short Story Award*

Critic Reviews

This fine novel by one of Northern Ireland’s most accomplished contemporary writers ... brilliantly evokes wartime love and heartbreak.

Joseph O'Connor, Guardian
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So well drawn … brilliantly described … a remarkably, unusually vivid piece of storytelling.

The Times, Book of the Month
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A highly accomplished novel that will surely become the defining work of fiction about the Belfast Blitz... sensationally good ... It's the kind of writing you want to inhale and feel coursing through your bloodstream.

Sunday Times
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A novel of enormous heart; full of luminous passages of prose, this tale of the Belfast blitz is breathtakingly good.

ALEX PRESTON, Observer, Fiction to look out for in 2022

Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981. She is the author of four novels, several stage plays and radio dramas, and two collections of short stories: Multitudes and Intimacies. She won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2021 for ‘All the People Were Mean and Bad’. Other awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the George Devine…

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