The Irish Times: on The Good Son

Paul McVeigh on The Good Son, about a little boy who takes on the Troubles

‘As a boy, I wondered what it would have been like if I’d have been born somewhere else. Somewhere beautiful. Without fear. Mickey is obsessed with escaping, as I was’

“Sometimes I think of the Troubles as a Gothic family melodrama. Northern Ireland is this damaged child, beating itself over the head to get attention from the South, the over-sensitive, guilt-ridden, mother that left them behind for a better life, and Britain, the distant, uncaring father who would rather not be left bringing up this problem child, but does so out of obligation”“Sometimes I think of the Troubles as a Gothic family melodrama. Northern Ireland is this damaged child, beating itself over the head to get attention from the South, the over-sensitive, guilt-ridden, mother that left them behind for a better life, and Britain, the distant, uncaring father who would rather not be left bringing up this problem child, but does so out of obligation”

Read the full article I wrote for The Irish Times here.

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