The Blackie Boys
This is a book of short stories about a river and a group of boys who grew up alongside it. Mick and Franky were joint leaders of a gang which consisted of ten members between seven and eight years of age and Beano, aged four and a half, who desperately wanted to join the gang. The Blackie River flowed from its source in the Divis Mountains above Belfast. It meandered, buried beneath the streets, through toxic industries on its way to the sea; emerging, polluted and poisoned, from under a low arched bridge. From here it made its way, unfettered by culvert walls, for almost two hundred yards; before once again, disappearing beneath the streets. It was here that the Boys and the River became friends.
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