The Long Road Home

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The Long Road Home Book

Author: Mary Lynch

Publication Date: 10 September 2010

ISBN: 978-1-907535-08-6

Category: Memoir

Type: Paperback

Price: €14.99

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.’

3 Responses to “The Long Road Home”

  1. Craig Mc Carthy says:

    A friend of mine has a lot of Issues she has locked up inside. Could you please let me know the contact details for Mary Lynch’s Meditation retreat as I feel this may be of great benefit to her.
    Thank you!

  2. Jo says:

    Wow…great job! You communicate (TV 3 interview) as powerfully, clearly and passionately on-air as you did in the book.
    Kevin Monaghan (NBC Universal)

  3. Have read your book Mary “The Long Road Home” Congratulations! Its an extraordinary story, a fascinating and inspiring read, for someone who knows what the Northern troubles were about.
    It takes courage and a lot of healing to overcome severe
    post traumatic stress, as you have done.
    I think its important that you and I and people alike tell their own separate story. We have often been told keep our heads down, dont rock the boat, let sleeping dogs lie, I don’t agree.

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