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Broken Pyjamas or children of conflict, is in this instance, our children of the Northern Ireland Troubles. There has been a lot written on the Troubles and indeed other conflicts, but Broken Pyjamas attempts to bring some laughter to the underlying tragedy of the conflict. The core themes are the resilience of children, and the fact that despite the Troubles, people generally and children in particular, maintained a great sense of humour. There was always the "Craic" (that's what "Fun" is called) to be had even in troubled times. The collective "yarns" are not, nor are intended to be an historical or political document as such, while the contents are firmly based on actual events. The stories are not entirely fiction or non- fiction. They are non-fiction, or true, in that they are about real things, people, events, and places. In all, the little chapters are anecdotal being short narrations of interesting, amusing but sometimes poignant biographical incidents. The illustrations provide the reader with a continuous depiction of a small boy in pyjamas looking onto the various scenes and suggest that the book is perhaps in fact, recollections written by children for adults. Author contact:email@example.com
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Paul Gallagher was born in the early 1960’s Strabane, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland and attended St Mary’s Primary School from 1966 and subsequently what was then St Colman’s High School (now Holy Cross College). Paul lived through the time of the Troubles, and experienced first-hand events in particular those of the early days (1968- 1974). He also recalls contemporary memorable events such as the moon landings, the Vietnam War and the music of the period. Over the years Paul has been involved in amateur drama in Auckland, New Zealand and has written, produced and acted in many productions. In 2008, Paul wrote and directed a number of short acts (Och But I Dunno, The Show) for staging during the St Patrick’s Festival celebrations in Auckland. This show had a number of sketches themed from the Troubles, and from this he was encouraged to write “Broken Pyjamas”, which is a series of recollections from those early years of the Troubles. “Having lived overseas for many years now, I think you learn to appreciate the lighter or perhaps funny side of events, situations and people that were not so obvious in that past”. Paul Gallagher, Suva, Fiji November 2012 Author contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 124 pages. 9.00x0.28x6.00 inches. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # zk1480153737