“The Boy Who Played In The Band” is a fictional story of one young man’s journey, growing up through the Seventies in the Six Counites.
It tells of suffering and hardships endured under British rule and the resistance of spirited men and women who fought back.
Marching together, to their own beat and standing strong, this story illuminates the everyday life of Conor Quinn, a young man destined to play his own role in The Troubles.
In his Foreword – author Pat Murphy states: “The question has often been asked of Republicans – why would someone get involved in the struggle away back in the Seventies? Why they would chose a road which could only lead to hardship, danger, imprisonment and in many cases the ultimate sacrifice? Why young men and women, often with little or no military experience and out-dated weaponry, were prepared to take on the might of the British Army?”
Attempting to answer these questions, the author takes one main character and places him in a unique environment, presenting him with many conflicting situations.
It also focuses on the wider issue of how the answer to these questions would have affected Conor Quinn’s family, friends and the community.
The reader is brought on a journey full of hardship and uncertainty. As the story progresses, so too does the development of not just the main character, but those closest to him whose lives are slowly transformed by the actions of others and circumstances outside their control.
Pat also notes that while this book gives a fictional account, the characters could have been any one of us. “In many ways,” he adds, “a lot of us should thank ourselves that it wasn’t.”
Pat lives in Forkhill, County Armagh and is married with grown up children. This is his first novel.
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