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Derry boy—growing up during the Troubles

Darran Anderson's memoir shows a child navigating a gruesome conflict

By Finn McRedmond   May 2020
Unrest in Derry in 1981 Credit: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

Unrest in Derry in 1981 Credit: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

“A childhood, however abnormal to others, is always normal to those living it,” Darran Anderson writes in Inventory, his memoir of growing up in a poor Catholic family through the Troubles in the 1980s. The conflict, one that gripped Northern Ireland for 40 years, permeates the narrative. At times it is a focal point; at others a quieter backdrop to Anderson’s childhood jaunts through Derry, before he moved to Belfast as a young…

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