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Silver's City

Silver s City Against the background of war torn Belfast two men engage in a bitter private duel Ned Galloway a street wise gunman profiting from the people s anxiety is hired to spring Silver Steele a jailed f

  • Title: Silver's City
  • Author: Maurice Leitch
  • ISBN: 9780749396572
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • Against the background of war torn Belfast, two men engage in a bitter private duel Ned Galloway, a street wise gunman profiting from the people s anxiety, is hired to spring Silver Steele, a jailed folk hero, from a guarded hospital room This book won the Guardian Fiction Prize.

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    1 thought on “Silver's City

    1. Not sure where I read about this book, which is set in Belfast and includes elements of the paramilitary underbelly that has blighted the city since the late 1960s. I enjoyed 'Liberty Lad' by the same author, but really didn't warm to this one and somehow managed to get bored, no mean feat in an 180 page story. Not for me.

    2. "The Devil hath established/ His cities in the North" - Maurice Leitch quotes St Augustine, and the city in question is the Belfast of the late 70's/early 80's that Leitch knows and recreates so convincingly.Silver is a Loyalist prisoner, his heroic status proclaimed on the gable walls of the working class Protestant areas of Belfast. He is sprung from his hospital sick bed by his erstwhile comrades but their intentions, he quickly realises, aren't benign: Silver has, despite his legendary statu [...]

    3. Thirty-six years after its original publication, the Whitbread Prize-winning Silver’s City has been republished, introducing a whole new generation of readers to the literary voice of Maurice Leitch. Set in the dark days of the Troubles, the tale is dark, gritty and loaded with the tension of the times. Loyalist gunman and hero Silver Steele has been sprung from his 10-year detention in the cages of Her Majesty’s Prison and is now “under the protection” of a hit-man named Galloway. The s [...]

    4. Silver's City is a grim thriller set in the early days of the 'Troubles'. Silver Steele is a high profile prisoner who fired the first shot in the Troubles and his name is spelt out across the walls of Loyalist Belfast. Ten years of prison have changed Silver. Military discipline, reading and solitary thinking mean that the man who is busted out is far different form the young man who went in. Even more striking is the difference between what the city was and what it has become. "It began to see [...]

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