Belfast, with Dinosaurs, 1979
A Prehysteric Farce
By Martin Connolly
This book is a novelistic love-letter to Belfast City & environs, and a rather comedic one at that. It follows the trials & tribulations of a newbie journalist (and dino-enthusiast!), his drinking pal, a pompous middle-aged archaeologist at Queen’s, a legendary German palaeontologist, a mischievous young couple under their tutelage, and a 16-year-old schoolboy who dreams of other worlds… They gradually become connected, and all because of dinosaurs. The story unfolds amidst the strife & chaos of the Troubles -and a bit of how it was 66 million years ago, too.
The book celebrates and re-imagines 1979 Belfast in meticulous detail. It also, somewhat mischievously, celebrates the recently confirmed discovery of Ireland’s first dinosaur fossils. This somewhat Swiftian story pokes fun at just about everything living, half-living or just plain extinct. It will appeal to lovers of Belfast and to those fascinated by the ancient beasts who used to roam its streets… before they were streets… Might dinosaurs, wondering whether to engage in fisticuffs or not, have first quizzed each other on their religious affiliations? Find out in the pages of this wild, and thought-provoking, romp.
Author Martin Connolly is from Belfast but has lived in Japan for the last thirty years. He is a professor of literature at Tsurumi University in Yokohama. He is a poet, novelist, guitarist and aficionado of relaxing on the sofa.