Park is a historical fiction novel about a bar man torn between the possibility
of politics and the violence exploding on the streets of Derry at the height of
The Troubles in the early1970’s. That’s the treacherous dilemma that Dermot
Lavery finds himself in when an innocent friendship with a neighbour – a
schoolteacher leads them both into a precarious web of secrecy and intrigue
with all sides of the endless conflict. Caught in a nightmare world of secret
negotiations for a ceasefire, his life spins on the edge of clandestine
friendship, love, meetings and certain death at any wrong turn - a constant
struggle with his conscience and the challenge of simply staying alive.
The reader is taken on a gamut of emotions in this rich and amusing journey of growing up in Ireland. Sorrow is never too far away. It allows the reader to get a glimpse into the mind of a young child - his thoughts, wishes and dreams as he ventures through the streets of his birth and beyond. The reader will engage and identify with the child as each adventure takes place.