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Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

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The extraordinary story of one long summer in the life of an 18-year-old boy caught up in the chaos and conflict of Ireland in the 1980s.

Digging for peat in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child, and it looks like she’s been murdered. As Fergus tries to make sense of the mad world around him – his brother on hunger-strike in prison, his growing feelings for Cora, his parents arguing over the Troubles, and him in it up to the neck, blackmailed into acting as courier to God knows what, a little voice comes to him in his dreams, and the mystery of the bog child unfurls.

Bog Child is an astonishing novel exploring the sacrifices made in the name of peace, and the unflinching strength of the human spirit.

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Author: K

YA writer. Voracious reader. Feminist. Home educator. Addicted to tea and Twitter.

One thought on “Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

  1. I love this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA or is interested in Ireland.

    Side note: I have a copy with a different cover, which I like much more. It’s a bit more vague and ominous with the peat and the bog in the background. The cover here is so dramatic and focused on the boy, and the text reminds me of Jodi Picoult’s novels which are quite different in theme and sentiment than Dowd’s.