The Corner Boys

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Abstract

Belfast before the ceasefire. A loyalist working-class neighbourhood in industrial decline.
James is seventeen; he walked out of school with few qualifications, and few prospects. He's on the corner with his mates, watching the Godfathers of the loyalist paramilitaries acting big, being somebody. He's just trying to get by.
James's best friend gets sucked into one of the loyalist organizations, 'for God and Ulster', they tell him, and is soon out on the streets, collecting protection money, growing up. James meets a girls from the other side, and they have a romance of sorts.
But this is no Romeo and Juliet. This is just a tragedy of friends decieving friends, a story about how people use the Troubles, and how the Troubles in the end use them. This is a story of friendship and bonding and being with your own kind and knowing who you are and where you come from. Some of the time.' (from the cover)
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherVictor Gollancz
ISBN (Print)978-0575064324
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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Loyalist
Boys
Romance
Paramilitaries
Belfast
Tragedy
Friendship
Deity
Qualification
Working Class
Godfather
Romeo and Juliet
Mate
Ulster

Keywords

  • Psychology

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BEATTIE, GEOFFREY. (1998). The Corner Boys. London: Victor Gollancz.
BEATTIE, GEOFFREY. / The Corner Boys. London : Victor Gollancz, 1998.
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Research output: Book/ReportBook

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BEATTIE GEOFFREY. The Corner Boys. London: Victor Gollancz, 1998.