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The Twelfth Day of July

Another book review! Did I mention that I’m on GoodReads by the way? Always looking for a friend – lifewithktkinnes as per usual.
As the title of this post suggests I was reading The Twelfth Day Of July by Joan Lingard. Mary actually recommended this to me and I’m glad she did.

Sadie is Protestant, Kevin is Catholic – and on the tense streets of Belfast their lives collide. It starts with a dare – kids fooling around – but soon becomes something dangerous. Getting to know Sadie Jackson will change Kevin’s life forever. But will the world change around them too?

The first page of this book had me laughing. It’s awful to say it but I can think back to people at school who must’ve been taught the exact same things: the good man’s King Billy and the bad man’s the Pope. Then again, I also know people who had it drilled into them the opposite way around. From this point of view, I was looking forward to reading the representations of each side of the invisible barricade that still lingers around some parts of Northern Ireland.
This was such an easy book to read, to the point I was half way through it in just an hour of reading. And I loved every minute of it! It wasn’t at all biased one way or another, the characters were easy to like, and the names were easy to pronounce when reading. Another pet hate of mine is the use of Gaelic names that I then need to google the pronunciation of, and it’s actually quite a common thing in books that try to show the difference between the Catholic and Protestant characters. So yes, major brownie points for that!
At one stage in the book, I did have to stop and think. I could imagine the location perfectly – Sadie’s street across the main road from Kevin’s, close enough to the city centre that she could walk in and out again relatively quickly, but also close enough that their Orange March was to the “field” at Finaghy. Anyone who knows Belfast, I was picturing them being just around Tate’s Avenue or The Falls. Then all of a sudden they were living close enough to Belfast Lough that they could hear a ship’s siren during the night? That did throw me a little! It wasn’t helped when, a few chapters later, its suggested that Kevin and his friends walk to the zoo. To be honest, I’d need a map of Belfast in front of me to figure all this out! But anyway, that’s not important in a book review sorry!

 

The story was nice and simple. Sadie’s from a Protestant background, Kevin from a Catholic one. They aren’t allowed to mix, mainly due to the tension between the two communities. Kevin decides to do something stupid (which is how the two meet) and so Sadie retaliates, and this is basically how to story progresses; tit for tat, them trying to get one up on each other, however as their messing around increases, so do the repercussions of each action, until an unexpected ending!

 

 

I simply adored reading this book and honestly didn’t want to stop reading it. I’m already looking for the next one in the series! Definitely go check it out if you can!

 

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33 thoughts on “The Twelfth Day of July

  1. This is a really great review. I’m looking for new books to read because I’ve kind of lost my interest in reading. I don’t think this would be something I would usually go for but you’ve definitely made it sound interesting so I’m going to add it to my list!

  2. If you do read it then let me know what you think! 😊 part of its appeal to me was its set in an area I know pretty well so I’d be curious to see if other people enjoyed it too

  3. This sounds like such a good book! I’m constantly looking for new reads especially those out of my.reading comfort zone! I may have to get this book! Great review I’ll folloow you on goodreads πŸ˜€ x

  4. Ooooh definitely a sign! It’s a good read, and it explains some of the history behind the division too! Haha a lot of my posts have had that theme recently πŸ™ˆ xx

  5. I love reading other people’s reviews. I have followed you on GoodReads. I only have one on there so far, but another will be going on this week and a 3rd is in progress. Once I have finished my uni degree I can’t wait to really get back into reading and do lots more reviews.

  6. Same here! Uni seems to take over everything, doesn’t it? But I can’t wait to see what you’ve been reading and read your reviews! xx

  7. Oh this sounds like a great read! I am not massively aware of these circumstances so it would be a relatable book or one I would normally choose. However it does sound very interesting! X
    Lola Mia // http://www.lolitabonita.co.uk

  8. It’s an interesting read, and I found it funny just because I can relate, however it’s a good read even if you don’t know the history of the troubles! xx

  9. Hadn’t heard about this book yet, but it sounds so interesting! I’ve never read anything set in this area or on this topic. I guess most people my age in my country don’t even know there was ever a problem in Ireland. I hope I’ll be able to get my hands on a copy some time πŸ™‚

    x Envy

  10. It’s good because it doesn’t actually focus on the religions – I think that’s the aim of it. To show that the two religions aren’t all that different and there shouldn’t have been the trouble there was between the two xx

  11. This is such an interesting concept for a book! And we’ll done on a good over all review with no spoilers haha, bet it’s so hard to do when you loved it so much πŸ˜‚

  12. I really like hearing what books you’ve read and your thoughts, because I can’t get time to read much anymore, so I like to live through your reviews haha. It’s interesting because growing up in often had friends who weren’t allowed to be my friend because of backgrounds and it’s so sad that it’s not just in stories that it happens.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  13. Haha we’ll have to make sure Leon loves books as he gets older so you can read again! I know, it’s sad πŸ™ I knew two girls at school that were best friends but if their parents ever found out they would’ve been in so much trouble because they were from “the other side” πŸ™„

  14. Sounds like a good book! I’ve just got back into reading so will definitely add you on good reads!!

    Love, Melissa x
    lovemelissax.co.uk

  15. I love reviews where they don’t give away anything of the story but yet makes you eager to read it and you did just that !! Definitely gonna add this one to my list.
    xx

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