• BBF 2019 Donald McRae - In Sunshine and In Shadow

  • Sat, 15-06-2019 at 14:00
  • Waterstone's Belfast
    44-46 Fountain Street
    BT1 5EE Belfast
BBF 2019 Donald McRae - In Sunshine and In Shadow - Waterstone's Belfast - Belfast

We are thrilled to welcome multi-award-winning author Donald McRae to discuss his stunning new book, a powerful tale of hope and redemption across the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland - thanks to boxing.At the height of the Troubles, Gerry Storey ran the Holy Family gym from the IRA's heartland territory of New Lodge in Belfast. Despite coming from a family steeped in the Republican movement, he insisted that it would be open to all. He ensured that his boxers were given a free pass by paramilitary forces on both Republican and Loyalist sides, so they could find a way out of the province's desperate situation. In the immediate aftermath of the 1981 Hunger Strikes, Storey would also visit the Maze prison twice a week to train the inmates from each community, separately.Now, Donald McRae reveals the extraordinary tale of those troubled times. After years of research and intimate interviews with the key characters inthis story, he shows us how the violent business of boxing became a haven of peace and hope for these remarkable and compassionate men. In Sunshine or in Shadow is an inspirational story of triumph over adversity and celebrates the reconciliation that can take place when two fighters meet each other in the ring, rather than outside it.Donald McRae is the award-winning author of ten previous books, which have featured sporting icons, legendary trial lawyers and heart surgeons. He has twice won the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year, for Dark Trade and In Black & White. He is a three-time Interviewer of the Year winner and has also won Sports Feature Writer of the Year for his work in the Guardian. He lives in Hertfordshire.