Spanning the decades that saw Northern Ireland move from brutal
conflict to uncertain peace in the 1990s, this powerful new take on
the literature of the Troubles is both a political coming-of-age
novel and a fast-paced literary thriller. Bold and challenging,
this reimagines the role of women in paramilitary violence.
'By turns lyrical and brutal, Liam Murray Bell's novel is a gripping and unforgettable literary debut. Interweaving an acutely-observed coming-of-age story with a chilling account of one woman's involvement in Republican paramilitary activity, So It Is unflinchingly examines the devastating impact of violence on individual lives. This is a first novel of astonishing maturity from a talent to watch.' - Paul Vlitos
Liam Murray Bell was born in Orkney, and has lived in both Belfast and Glasgow. He completed his MLitt in Creative Writing at Glasgow University. He is currently working at the University of Surrey, teaching Creative Writing and completing his PhD project. He has published in several critical and creative journals and anthologies. So It Is is his first novel.