Unmatched Brooches is set in the Belfast of my childhood. It tells the stories of two ten year olds: Grace is thrown into the world of the Troubles when her family come under threat from the IRA. Saoirse discovers that her dad is a terrorist when she is followed by the police to his hide-out, and he is arrested. Their paths glance past each other at certain points, and as the story develops, it becomes clear that they are connected in a darker way. In the final section when they meet as young adults, it’s up to them to put the pieces together, and to choose between bitterness and friendship.