Mary Lynch grew up in rural County Fermanagh with eleven brothers and sisters, but this idyllic life came to an abrupt end the night she woke with a gun to her head and a British soldier ordered her out of her bed. The events of the next few years of what the world called the ‘Troubles’ left Mary deeply emotionally scarred, but it would take her many decades to acknowledge this.
Years later, when the frightening memories of her past began to surface she realised that she would have to face the truth or live forever in a self-destructive spiral of work, exhaustion, illness, depression and medication. The Long Road Home is the story of Mary Lynch’s journey back to acknowledging the pain and terror of her youthful experiences in what was effectively a war zone. Only then could she heal and move on.
At another level, this book is about healing the pain of a nation by acknowledging its sense of abandonment and loss. Anyone who has ever suffered trauma will recognise and take solace from Mary’s inspiring story.
Writing in the South Belfast News, author Jude Collins wrote of The Long Road Home: ‘Mary Lynch’s story is not unique but that very fact makes it all the more poignant. She speaks for thousands as she tells her story.’
|Publication date||20 Oct 2010|