Across the Water

SOMETIMES, FAILING TO TAKE SIDES CAN BE THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO

It is winter 1971 and Mary Bruce has been invited to Ulster to join her husband at his parents’ home. She believes family illness to be the reason for her husband’s frequent visits there.

After two years of conflict, Belfast is on the brink of civil war, its warring communities separated by the harassed troops of the British Army. In London, the Government looks in vain for a solution to a political crisis it barely understands and the police guard public buildings in the face of IRA threats to carry their campaign of violence across the water.

In Belfast, Mary’s visit becomes the stuff of nightmares and the intrigue and violence she encounters there follow her to London, in spite of her efforts to escape them. There, compromised by the activities she has witnessed in Ulster, she finds herself caught between the warring factions as she attempts to prevent a disaster on a scale hitherto unknown in the violent conflict.

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