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The Belfast Blitz: These Days, by Lucy Caldwell, reviewed

19 March 2022

9:00 AM

19 March 2022

9:00 AM

These Days Lucy Caldwell

Faber, pp.288, 12.99

Caught outside at the start of a raid in the Belfast Blitz as the incendiary bombs rain down, Audrey looks up at the sky, transfixed by its eerie beauty. She watches ‘the first magnesium flares falling, bursting into incandescent light, hanging there over the city like chandeliers’. It is the sort of thing you never forget, she thinks, ‘not in a lifetime’.

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