Ian Cassidy, author of the comic novel The Unsinkable Herr Goering and the controversial fact based novel Until You Get Caught which reveals new information about the notorious 1974 Birmingham Pub Bombings.
The Unsinkable Herr Goering
Until You Get Caught
Until You Get Caught is a told as a series of inter-linked stories depicting a family unwittingly caught up in the events surrounding the notorious Birmingham Pub Bombings of 1974, what happened afterwards and the long term effects that the tragedy had on them.
It begins with eight year old Daisy stumbling on the preparations for the bombing and then discovering something closer to home, an illicit relationship between her mother and the leader of the bomb gang.
Next the bombers take up the story and reveal details about the bombing, the getaway and their subsequent violent careers,
Then Daisy’s mother tells the story of how she became too close, even dangerously close to lead bomber, the good times with him and the agonising decision she has to make in the aftermath of the bombing.
Daisy takes up the story again and for a time the story is a seemingly conventional coming of age novel, school days, family holidays, loss of virginity but the writer cleverly inserts subtle reminders of the bombing that jolt Daisy and her family out of their comfy middle class complacency.
Finally Daisy and her mom get together and her mom explains everything so Daisy is able to finally join up all the dots and gain some hope of moving on.
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